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Institute of Metallic Materials Making and Shaping  

The Institute of Metallic Materials Processing and Shaping, School of Mechanical and Automotive Engineering was founded in December 2007 as an expansion of the former Advanced Metallic Materials Research, Processing Technology Center and Cast and Composite Materials Research Group. The Institute is focusing on the basic and applied research, and development of advanced metallic materials and their processing technology. The Institute also functions as an organization for promoting the development and industrialization of new materials and their products. Teaching, research and development, pilot plant and industrial factory manufacturing integration are the three basic functions of the Institute.
The research fields of the Institute include high performance casting alloys and its forming technology, high performance powder metallurgy materials and its forming technology, metallic materials fabrication and computer simulation of the forming process, machining technology of difficult-to-cut materials, environmental materials and green production. More than 100 research projects with fundings more than 60 millions RMB were conducted in the past ten years. About 500 technical research papers were published in well-known foreign and domestic professional journals. More than 60 inventions have been applied and 31 of them have been patented. National and provincial governments granted several awards for the Institute's achievements.


             Cast iron part                                                  Brass products

Direct adhesion of metals to commercial rubbers and to engineering plastics
The technique of direct adhesion between metallic materials and macromolecules was developed by plating polymeric nanofilm, with adhering function, on the metal surfaces. It is good for direct adhesion of magnesium alloys, aluminium alloys, copper, stainless steels and cast irons with commercial rubbers, and for direct injection moulding of those materials with engineering plastics.


Adherends of metals to plastics                 Adherends of metals to plastics

Low pollution and easy mould releasing for precise moulds
By means of polymeric nanofilms with low surface free energy formed on the mould surface, low pollution and easy mould releasing can be obtained for precise moulds, special optical moulds and high-accuracy probes, thus the service life increases markedly.

Special optical lens                      Moulds for rubbers

High adhesive strength and anti-corrosion pretreatment for resin-coated magnesium alloys
By surface pretreatment of polymeric nanofilms with good affinity to resins, the resin-coated magnesium alloys possess high adhesive strength, excellent corrosion resistance, and high product yield.


Mg Alloy Cellular Phone Cover Pretreated By Conventional Method

Mg alloy cellular phone cover pretreated by polymer plating
Research Fields:
Corrosion prevention for metallic materials
Hydrophobic polymeric nanofilms are plated on the surface of metallic materials to prevent electrochemical reaction that resulted from the transfers of oxygen, water molecule and charges, therefore the corrosion of metallic materials such as magnesium alloys, copper, copper alloys, cast irons, electroplating metals is inhibited.

The Institute has a teaching and research facility with an area of 500 m2, a pilot plant facility with an area of 2000 m2 and an industrialization facility with an area of 13000 m2. It has 25 teaching and research personnel including 9 professors, 12 associate professors and senior engineers, 4 lecturers, engineers and laboratory technicians. There are 87 graduate students working for their doctoral and master degrees.