Center for Friction Stir Processing

The Center for Friction Stir Processing (CFSP) is a National Science Foundation (NSF) Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC), formed and headquartered at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology from 2004 to 2010. The School of Mines now operates as one of the five sites within the the center. The CFSP is one of the world’s leading centers for research and development in emerging friction stir welding processing technologies.

The center’s research on friction stir welding, stir spot welding, and friction stir structural designs and applications has resulted in significant improvements to weld strength and durability by, among other things, replacing fusion welds and rivets. Center facilities include a wide range of friction stir processing, testing, and support equipment.

The CFSP is comprised of five university partners—the School of Mines, brigham Young University, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Wichita State University, and the University of South Carolina—and 27 industry and government partners. The center carries out research and trains students for positions of responsibility within these organizations.

The CFSP has an extensive government base of support for research and development programs, with current research collaborations with the Army Research Laboratory, the Air Force Research Laboratory, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Langley Research Center, Department of Energy, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Industrial partnerships exist with aerospace, automotive, defense, energy, and primary materials production sectors. These partnerships include direct funding, materials and equipment contributions, and engineering consultation and support.

The overall objective of the center is to develop and deliver relevant scientific knowledge that will help its industrial members with future challenges. Center programs are designed to complement the members‘ in-house research and development in the area of friction stir processing by bringing together theoretical, experimental, and application experts from industry and academia. Current research objectives include friction stir welding of materials with high melting temperatures, microstructural modifications by friction stir processing, automotive applications of friction stir joining, tool design and evaluation, and more.

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