May 2000

Lab signs MOU with aluminum industry research firm

The aluminum industry stands to benefit from a memorandum of understanding signed by ORNL and Secat, Inc., of Lexington, Ky., on April 28. The MOU, which will also include Argonne National Laboratory and DOE’s Albany (Ore.) Research Center, establishes a means to provide economic, environmental and energy benefits to the aluminum industry.

Secat is a newly formed University of Kentucky-affiliated for-profit company that serves as a technical forum for the aluminum industry. The firm has been a user in the Metals and Ceramics Division’s MPLUS facility. Programs currently under way include research into how to reduce stress cracking in aluminum ingots and how to reduce oxidative melt loss in aluminum and aluminum alloys.