As leaders in independent research specializing in metal casting materials, processes and technology, the UNI Metal Casting Center focuses on materials research, metal manufacturing and foundry education. With revolutionary metal casting, molding, and 3D printing equipment, the MCC is able to utilize its equipment to advance learning and push the boundaries of technology.
The metal casting program is divided into five areas directly related to the foundry.
- Transport Phenomena: highlights the basics related to heat transfer and fluid flow with applications in hydraulics, pneumatics and power generation. Emphasis is also placed on simulation concepts in developing a variety of physical models.
- Applied Metallurgy: expands on basic metallurgy concepts though experimental learning activities and lab techniques. Solidification, thermodynamics of metal and physical metallurgy are integrated to understand the relation between mechanical properties and cast microstructure.
- Molding Practices: these processes are an integral aspect of foundry operations with their use of process control points and laboratory techniques.
- Melting Process: emphasis placed on basic melting techniques for ferrous and non-ferrous operations, techniques to optimize melt quality and understand the various techniques as part of total quality management.
- Tooling Practices: usage of fundamental gating and riser design techniques with solidification modeling. These processes are applied to the casting design process with the addition of incorporating production and operation management principles to develop tooling while achieving the best economical and reliable casting design.