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Metal & Alloy Services

The MPC specializes in the preparation, purification, and fabrication of high-purity rare earth metals, refractory metals, alkaline earth metals, and alloys in single and polycrystalline forms. Utilizing a core staff consisting of three research scientists and three technicians, this section prepares unique materials with a variety of techniques. Facilities exist for the preparation and purification of metals and alloys including:

  • Distillation and electrotransport purification
  • Non-consumable and consumable arc casting (view video)
  • Several configurations of induction and resistance furnaces with controlled atmosphere capabilities including chill casting.
  • Special alloy ingots preparations from several grams to 25 kg can be prepared under controlled conditions to maintain purity and compositional control. Fabrication equipment includes:
    • 100-ton 12" rolling mill (rod and flat rolling)
    • 6" rolling mill
    • 5 rotary die swaging machines (1" - 0.014")
    • 12.5-ton 10' and 1.2-ton 8' hydraulic wire drawing benches

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