Advanced High-Temperature Materials

Working thermal models of the MMRTG at UDRI’s MMRTG Lifecycle Testing Laboratory

Ensuring Performance in Extreme Conditions

UDRI Advanced High-Temperature Materials researchers engage in the characterization, life prediction, and testing of ceramic and refractory materials. We can evaluate the strength, fracture, fatigue, creep, and thermophysical properties of materials in varying atmospheric environments and temperatures up to 1600 degrees Celsius.

Our current focus areas include studies of ceramics, metal, ceramic matrix composites, thermoelectric materials, carbon-carbon composites, optical ceramics, thermal barrier coatings, and optical coatings. The group is a nationally-known leader in the mechanical and thermophysical characterization of high-temperature ceramic materials.


  • Armor Materials
  • Biomechanics and Biomaterials
  • Chemical Compatibility and Radiation Effects on High-Temperature Materials
  • Ceramics and Glass Development and Processing
  • Ceramics Summary and Design Data Files (Compendium)
  • Digital Library of Ceramic Microstructure
  • High-Temperature Creep & Stress Rupture
  • High-Temperature Materials Characterization
  • Mechanical and Thermophysical Testing of Beryllium Oxide (BeO)
  • Subsurface Damage Characterization Laboratory (SDCL)
  • Thermal Analysis
  • Thermal Cycle Fatigue Testing of Coatings

Contact us today and let us help with your challenges in materials performance.

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Top: Working thermal models of the Multi-Mission Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator (MMRTG), which is used to power the Mars Rover Curiosity. The MMRTG converts heat created by naturally decaying plutonium radioisotopes into electricity to power the rover’s instruments, computers, wheels, robotic arm, and radio. UDRI's Advanced High-Temperature Materials researchers design and run experiments to provide NASA with critical information related to Curiosity’s continued exploration, as well as in support of Mars 2020 and other future missions. Image credit: University of Dayton


Supporting Mars 2020—and beyond

Successful hi-temp test of Mars Rover power generator at UDRI may help NASA expand exploration on Mars

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