Manufacturing system improvements

Dimensional accuracy of metal castings

Control of the metal casting process

Fixturing and tolerancing

Information systems for manufacturing

Specialized vision and automation systems




            Funded Research Grant


Olafsson, PI with Jackman, Ryan and Huba, “An Active Learning Environment for Information Technology Across the Curriculum,” NSF, January-December 2003. 


Peters, PI, “Advanced Manufacturing Improvements for Industrial Hardfacing Incorporated,”  Industrial Hardfacing Incorporated and CATD, September 2002 – June 2003. 


Peters, PI, with VanVoorhis, “Reduction in Energy Consumption and Variability in Steel Foundry Operations,” Department of Energy, March 2002 – February 2005.


Peters, PI, “Ultrasonic Processing of Liquid Aluminum for Metalcasting- a Feasibility Study,” ETREMA Products, June 2001-December 31, 2001.


Peters, PI, with Patterson, “Ergonomic Improvements for Foundries,” Department of Energy, March 2000-May 2002.


Peters, PI, with Patterson, “Industrial Support for:  Ergonomic Improvements for Foundries,” Consortium of Companies, March 2000-May 2002.


Wang, PI, with Peters, Jackman, and Zhang, “Soybean Transformation Program at Iowa State University,” Iowa Soybean Promotion Board, April 1999- October 2002.


Peters, PI, with VanVoorhis, "Re-Engineering Casting Production System," Department of Energy, March 1998-February 2001.


Peters, PI, with VanVoorhis, "Industrial Support for: Re-Engineering Casting Production Systems," Consortium of Companies, March 1998-February 2001.


Jackman, PI, with Peters and Harris, "On-Line Bentonite Measurement System For Green Sand Molding," John Deere Foundry & CATD, July 1998-February 1999.


Jackman, PI with Peters, Vardeman, and Harris, "Stochastic Process Control of Green Sand Mulling," John Deere Foundry & CATD, July 1998-February 1999.


Peters, PI, "Enhanced Dimensional Performance," Department of Defense (subcontract from Penn State), August 1, 1997-December 31, 1999.


C. Moller-Wong, PI, with, Peters and Salisbury, "Analysis of Model 90 Spool/bore Value," Sauer-Sundstrand, Ames, Iowa, August 18, 1997.


Peters, PI, "Investigation of a New Method of Evaluating Sand Molds for Metal Casting," SME Education Foundation, July 1, 1997-June 30, 1998.


Peters, PI, "Ultrasonic Evaluation of Sand Molds for the Metal Casting Process," University Special Research Initiation Grant, ISU, January 1997-December 31, 1997.


Peters, PI, “Energy Instrumentation,” Department of Energy, Advance Technology Institute, January 2005-December 2006, $800,000.


Industrial Partners




ABC/NACO Melrose Park, IL
AECCO Champaign, IL
American Steel Foundries East Chicago, IN
Atchison Castings Corporation Atchison, KS
Bay Cast, Inc. Bay City, MI
Buckeye Steel Castings Columbus, OH
Carondelet Corporation Pevely, MO
Durametal Muncy, PA
Eagle Alloy Muskegon, MI
Erie Bronze & Aluminum Erie, PA
Falk Corporation Milwaukee, WI
Harrison Steel Attica, IN
Hendrix Manufacturing Mansfield, LA
Magotteaux Pulaski, TN
Maynard Steel Milwaukee, WI
McConway & Torley Pittsburgh, PA
ME International Duluth, MN
ME International Tempe, AZ
Monett Metals Monett, MO
Pacific Steel Casting Berkeley, CA
Pennsylvania Foundry Group Meyerstown, PA
PrimeCast Beloit, WI
Richmond Foundry Richmond, TX
Sawbrook Steel Castings Cincinnati, OH
Sivyer Steel Bettendorf, IA
Southern Alloy Sylacauga, AL
Southern Cast Products Meridian, MS
Southwest Steel Castings Longview, TX
Spokane Steel Spokane, WA
Sulzer Pumps Easley, SC
Texas Steel Fort Worth, TX
United Machine and Foundry Winona, MN
Varicast Portland, OR
Waukesha Cherry Burrell Delavan, WI
Waukesha Steel Castings Waukesha, WI
West Michigan Steel  Muskegon, MI
WISCO Waukesha, WI
Wollaston Alloy Braintree, MA