Research in Materials and Manufacturing for Casting (MMC) at Jönköping University, School of Engineering is multidisciplinary and includes areas such as material technology, design and production technology. The MMC-group is one of the largest research groups focusing on cast materials in the world, and is also main partner in the Casting Innovation Centre in Sweden.
The group consists of 30 persons, including one professor, three guest professors and seven associate and assistant professors, 15 PhD-students and technicians.Formed in 1995, the group has published at least 150 articles in the field and has produced 9 Doctorates and 2 associate professors. The group has generated 90 million SEK over the period 2004 to 2009, of which 20% comes from internal resources. Researchers from the group belong to the editorial board for International Journal of Cast Metals Research, and are often engaged as a reviewer for other metallurgical and similar magazines. They are members of the science councils for conferences as MCWASP - Modeling of Casting, Welding and Advanced Processes solidification, two members of the SPCI - International Symposium of Science and Processing of Cast Iron and ICSSP, International conference on solidification science.
The research is focused on material structures at different levels as well as the mechanical properties on the component level, as influenced by the manufacturing process. Most of the research is environmentally driven to make e.g. high strength cast material for diesel engines, lighter parts for vehicles and material for wind power generators. The activities and research work are based on experiments on the laboratory scale as well as on full-scale experiments performed in the industry. Studies are conducted within areas such as kinetics of phase transformations using thermal analysis, coupling between microstructure and mechanical properties, fractography and structure mechanics. The purpose is most often to develop knowledge on critical relations, which can serve as a basis for mathematical modelling and simulation. Main material groups are cast irons, aluminium and magnesium alloys.
Modeling of materials behavior requires knowledge from a wide spectrum of length scales; from the nano-, micro-, meso-, to the macro scale of structure formation. Therefore, there is a great need for studying the materials using different types of microscope techniques, but also to measure various chemical and physical quantities. Investments have been made in top of the line equipment and tensile and heating stage, as well as other vital research instruments. Activities are carried out on the MMC disposal well-equipped laboratories for experimentation, analysis, and simulation, especially with the high-resolution scanning electron microscope (FEGSEM) with analysis capabilities, tensile stage with heating. Investigations are run also with laser flash thermal conductivity measurements, dilatometer, gas analysis equipment, melting and heat treatment furnaces, gradient solidification equipment, thermocouple calibration equipment, mechanical testing, equipment for the material parameters at RT and elevated temperature, creep, data acquisition equipment, sample preparation, light microscopy, prototype engineering, test processing equipment, etc.