The Center for Composite and Hybrid Materials Interfacing (CHMI) identifies and develops breakthrough technologies, materials, tools, and methods that will revolutionize how composite and hybrid materials are joined and repaired. These lightweight composite and hybrid materials are used in aerospace, automotive, infrastructure, and biomedical applications. CHMI provides member companies with a convergent research development environment that quickly turns basic research into commercial applications. The ultimate goal of CHMI is to significantly reduce — by at least 50% — the cost and cycle time while improving the consistency and performance of materials interfaces. The innovative education programs and industry collaboration at CHMI also expedite the development and adoption of new technologies in CHMI fields.
CHMI is built on interdisciplinary research teams with expertise in material chemistry, processing and synthesis, advanced manufacturing, design and modeling, data analytics, and testing. These teams are supported by extensive facilities for materials characterization, processing and fabrication, nondestructive evaluation methods (NDE), testing, computation and design, and data processing.
CHMI is focused on four industry-inspired research areas:
Each CHMI university site emphasizes different industry sectors (Georgia Tech, aerospace; Oakland University, automotive and ground vehicles; and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, infrastructure and biomedical), which helps ensure that research covers the wide range of U.S. manufacturing.