National Key Laboratory Education Base Co-sponsored by Liaoning Province and Ministry of Education --- Key Laboratory of Electromagnetic Processing of Materials (Ministry of Education)
EPM laboratory was founded in 1999. In August of 2000, EPM was approved to be Key Laboratory of Electromagnetic Processing of Materials by the Ministry of Education. In 2003, it was approved to be National Key Laboratory Education Base co-sponsored by Liaoning province and ministry of technology. There is one research building of 3800 m2 and foundry of 800 m2. To install the electromagnetic casting machine, underground construction of 300 m2 was carried out, including a pit of 8 m, water supply and drainage, power supply and discharge system.
As an emerging multidisciplinary innovative technology, "Electromagnetic metallurgy technology" is one of the effective ways to realize high-tech metallurgy. Since 1990s, Japan, France, Germany, and other developed countries consider it as the "new metallurgy method for the 21st century" and have established research institutions and national projects to develop this technology.
The EPM laboratory is based on two R&D platforms of electromagnetic metallurgy and light alloy electromagnetic continuous casting. Research projects are selected to meet the most urgent needs of national and local engineering constructions, key scientific topics, and industry technology developments. Relying on these two research platforms, key electromagnetic metallurgy technologies and processes are developed. Collaborations between international institutions are established to apply the newly developed technologies to construction and industry production. Innovative professionals are trained for the metallurgy industry, especially for the rejuvenation of the old industry base of northeast part of China. It also provides theoretical basis and key technologies for Liaoning province to build international competitive manufacturing and raw material bases.
For years, with the support of national “211”, “985” and “Double First-rate” projects, innovative casting technologies for superalloys, stainless steels, special steels, aluminum alloys, magnesium alloys and copper alloys are developed with higher efficiencies. Some of these technologies have already been applied in industries and brought significant economic benefits.
Currently, there are 53 employees in the EPM laboratory. There are 22 professors, 19 associate professors, 4 lectures, 3 researchers and 1 research associate. One was awarded the National Outstanding Youth Fund and one was selected in the National Ten-thousand Talents Project. There are mainly four research teams: light alloy electromagnetic continuous casting team, electromagnetic metallurgy team, materials manufacturing in strong magnetic field team and metallurgical process numerical simulation team.