The CanmetMATERIALS research centre, a world-class Materials R&D facility, has the mandate of developing and deploying technologies to improve all aspects of producing and using value-added products derived from metals and minerals. They are dedicated to metals and materials fabrication, processing and evaluation and will bring new opportunities for established industries and developing enterprises to Hamilton, Ontario.
CanmetMATERIALS is part of the Department of Natural Resources Canada and relocated from Ottawa to McMaster Innovation Park in 2011 to strategically locate itself at the centre of the Canadian manufacturing sector. This state-of-the-art, award-winning, LEED Platinum building of 167,000 square feet located at 183 Longwood Rd. South houses over 100 staff who undertake over 100 collaborative research and development projects per year with industry, academia and other government departments. The three story facility features:
• High and mid bay laboratories – most having bridge cranes with capacities from one to ten ton - where casting, metal forming, mechanical testing and welding takes place
• Low bay laboratories including material characterization and imaging, industrial radiography
• Non-destructive testing labs: analytical testing, materials and process development, corrosion, hydrogen sulfide and computer modeling labs.
CanmetMATERIALS’s research focuses on three industrial sectors that are enormous users of Canada’s natural resources:
Transportation: CanmetMATERIALS works mostly with vehicle, engine and component manufacturers, who require new advanced-materials solutions to improve fuel efficiency while maintaining safety and performance.
Energy: CanmentMATERIALS works on components for use in clean energy production (such as next-generation nuclear reactors and clean combustion systems for fossil fuels) and on reliable pipelines to transport gas, oil, biofuels and carbon dioxide.
Metal Manufacturing: CanmetMATERIALS works on components for a variety of other sectors such as defence, aerospace, health and construction, which require high-performance materials.
In line with McMaster Innovation Park’s sustainability mandate, CanmetMATERIALS strives to develop technologies to improve the reliability of energy production and energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other environment impacts resulting in innovative products for a green economy that enhance health, security and safety.