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Laboratory of Materials

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Department of Mechanical Engineering
+30 24210 74061
Research Categories
Materials Technology
Testing Of Materials
Material Properties
Metallic Materials

The Laboratory of Materials (LoM) is part of the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Thessaly. During the 18 years of its operation, it has developed significant research activities by participating in 31 European and national competitive research projects whilst also being active in providing technological services. In 2000 LoM took the initiative for establishing the Greek Metallurgical Society (EME), today part of FEMS, and organized the first National Conference of Metallic Materials, and this year is organizing the 5th Conference of this series. In the education sector, LoM supports theoretical and laboratory undergraduate courses of Physical Metallurgy, Welding Science and Technology, Materials Selection in Mechanical Design, Mechanical Failures and Structural Failures, Forming Processes and the corresponding graduate courses. In LoM over 70 dissertations and 6 doctoral theses have been performed to date.

Research Activities

Design of alloys and heat treatments with computational thermodynamics and kinetics.

Development of TRIP steels.

Corrosion and hydrogen embrittlement of aircraft aluminum alloys.

Material processing with laser beam.

Research Projects

COOPERATION–GSRT: DECORAIL: Detection, Evaluation and Total Control of RCF in Rails (2012–2015).

COOPERATION–GSRT: SunLaser: On line optimization of the production process of solar thermal systems (2010–2013).

STREP–EU Aeronautical Applications of Wrought Magnesium Alloys (2004–08) RFCS – EU Bainite Design in Multiphase Steels (2007–10).

RFCS–EU Bainite Design in Multiphase Steels (2007–10).

ECSC–EU Optimization of Microstructure in Multiphase steels (1999–2002).

EPET–GSRT Estimation of residual strength and durability of corroded structures (1995–1998).

COST507–EU Thermochemical and Thermophysical Properties of Light Alloys (1994–97).

ECSC–EU New Cold–Rolled Deep Drawing Qualities –TRIP Steels (1995–99).

EPET–GSRT LaserMat: Treatment of industrial materials with laser (1996–98).

HYPER–GSRT Welding aluminum alloys with laser (1996–99).

Laboratory Infrastructure

Metallurgical microscopes and stereomicroscopes. System of color metallography.

Atomic Force Microscope (AFM).

Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM).

Darkroom for the development of photomicrographs. Chemical bench with gas ventilation.

Hardness testers (Rockwell and BRINELL) and microhardness testers (Vickers-Knoop).

Heat treating furnaces. Heat treating furnace of molten salt.

Metallographic specimen preparation facilities (cutting, mounting, grinding and polishing).

Electrolytic polishing and etching apparatus.

Differential scanning calorimeter (DSC).


Corrosion testing equipment.

Laboratory CO2 laser facility with 2-axis CNC table, cutting head and vacuum chamber for Laser chemical vapor deposition (LCVD).

Computational Alloy Thermodynamics software Thermo-Calc).

Computational Alloy Kinetics software (DICTRA).

Software for simulation of the microstructural development metallurgical processes (MICRESS)Materials Selection software (CES).

Research Results / Products

Simulation of endocritical  annealing of TRIP steels.

Calculation of the driving force for precipitation of alloying systems.

Simulation of microstructural evolution in aluminum welding, heat affected zone.

Simulation and design of aluminum extrusions (dissolution, homogenization, aging).

Design of Al-Mg-Sc-Zr  alloys.

Modeling of austenitic dispersion stability.

Characterization of hydrogen trapping sites in microstructure.

Measurement of trapped hydrogen.

Development of TiC carbide thin film by chemical vapor deposition (LCVD).

Development of TiC carbide and TiB2borides thin films with PLD.

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