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Center for Advanced Non-Ferrous Structural Alloys (CANFSA)

Colorado School of Mines

Iowa State University

Last Reviewed: 12/21/2019

The Center for Advanced Non-Ferrous Structural Alloys (CANFSA) is a National Science Foundation (NSF) Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCUC) at the Colorado School of Mines and Iowa State University. Our focus is non-ferrous physical metallurgy and the advancement of non-ferrous structural alloys of interest to our industry and government partners.

Center Mission and Rationale

The Center for Advanced Non-Ferrous Structural Alloys (CANFSA) is coordinating expertise at the Colorado School of Mines and Iowa State University to be the premier industry-university center for non-ferrous physical metallurgy, with an emphasis on the needs of the industries that develop, manufacture and use non-ferrous alloys. We seek to connect academia, government, and industry, investigate industrially relevant processing-microstructure-property-performance relationships with state-of-the-art experimentation and modeling, train students and the next generation of non-ferrous physical metallurgists, and support students, faculty and curricula in non-ferrous physical metallurgy.

CANFSA presently manages over a dozen projects with the help of industry and government partners. We receive funding primarily from three sources: the NSF, membership dues, and leveraged projects. The center is always looking for new partners and challenges. Please feel free to contact us for additional details (

More information about CANFSA can be found at


Research program

Non-Ferrous Alloy Research

CANFSA focuses on the design and characterization of non-ferrous structural alloys, specifically addressing the effect of processing and alloy design on properties and performance. The center has had projects involving, but not limited to, Ti, Ni, Al, Mg, Au, Ag, and Cu alloys, Multi-Principal Element Alloys (MPEAs), and Shape Memory Alloys (SMAs), and strives to maintain a balanced portfolio of projects including a wide range of alloys. Processing pathways of interest include solidification, solid-state phase transformations and microstructural evolution, additive manufacturing, thermomechanical processing, severe plastic deformation, and coating/joining processes. Property and performance characteristics include mechanical response at a variety of temperatures, strain rates, and strain states, and material response to service environments. These properties are measured via post-mortem mechanical and microstructure evaluation, non-destructive evaluation, and advanced in-situ characterization techniques. The fundamental understanding of the effects of processing and alloy composition on microstructural characteristics results in the ability to create new and higher performing alloys for a wide range of applications in the transportation, construction, defense, energy, and aerospace sectors.

Facilities and Laboratory

CANFSA has a wide range of facilities and equipment available at the Colorado School of Mines and Iowa State University at its disposal. More information is available via the following websites:



Colorado School of Mines

Dept. of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
1500 Illinois St.

Golden, Colorado, 80401

United States

(303) 273-3009-Kaufman; (303)273-3893-Clarke

Iowa State University

Dept of Materials Science and Engineering
2220W Hoover, 528 Bissell Rd.

Ames, Iowa, 50011

United States

(515) 294-5127