The CWJCR conducts research with partners from the automotive, shipbuilding, aerospace and advanced manufacturing industries, as well as national laboratories, government agencies and contractors. Welding, joining and coatings of ferrous and non-ferrous alloy systems, composites, ceramics and polymers are studied. The center specializes in consumable and material development for fusion and non-fusion welding processes, but maintains a strong presence in mechanical metallurgy and modeling of welded materials. The CWJCR also was the pioneering group for developing additive manufacturing research programs at the Colorado School of Mines.
The Center for Welding, Joining, and Coatings Research consists of several parts, where research funding is drawn from:
- The Core: consists of individual research projects funded by private companies or government entities and national laboratories.
- NSF-IUCRC Manufacturing and Materials Joining Innovation Center (Ma2JIC) : a collaborative program sponsored by the National Science Foundation and industry membership. This program consists of four top universities and a consortium of companies that sponsor a multitude of welding, brazing and additive manufacturing projects. All knowledge is shared between the participants.
- AXPRO: a Mines group dedicated to explosive processing and welding.
Our center offers master of engineering (ME), master of science (MS) and doctor of philosophy (PhD) degrees in metallurgical engineering or materials science with an emphasis in welding and joining metallurgy. The CWJCR promotes experimental and theoretical research in many welding and joining related fields. Undergraduate involvement and research is encouraged and often results in graduate projects.
We encourage professional development and community involvement. All graduate students in CWJCR become members of the Mines Student Chapter of AWS. This allows students to participate in local AWS activities, interact with welding professionals and make presentations at technical conferences. In addition, the center regularly hosts industrial visitors, workshops, trainings, and seminars to promote technology transfer. The CWJCR also partners with high schools to host STEM Outreach visits to promote engineering, metallurgy and welding to young students.
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