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Center Overview

The Center for Advanced Non-Ferrous Structural Alloys (CANFSA) is a NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) with an emphasis on conducting state-of-the-art research related to non‐ferrous structural alloys. Founded in 2011, CANFSA currently has sites at the Colorado School of Mines and Iowa State University.  The Center is focused on combining computational modeling (various length and time scales) and experimental approaches (alloying, processing and microstructure/property characterization) in order to advance industrially-relevant projects in an efficient and effective manner. The emphasis is on structural Al, Mg, Ti and Ni-base alloys, their composites, traditional and novel processing (e.g. additive manufacturing), and on the industries and laboratories that develop, manufacture, and use these alloys. A primary goal of the Center is to educate students in areas that have become increasingly rare in materials science and engineering departments around the country, namely, traditional physical metallurgy combined with computational modeling approaches.


  1. Perform industrially relevant research that addresses the technological needs in commercial non-ferrous alloy systems.
  2. Combine integrated computational materials engineering (ICME) approaches with advanced processing, testing and characterization methods to more rapidly advance the state-of-the-art in non-ferrous alloys.
  3. Better prepare students for jobs in the industries that develop, manufacture and use non-ferrous alloys.
  4. Become the center that industry looks to for resolution of all of their non-ferrous structural alloy problems.