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General Motors/Brown University

Collaborative Research Laboratory for

Computational Materials Research


The GM/Brown CRL uses computer simulations and experiments to develop and assess new materials that could lead to low-cost, high-performance and environmentally friendly components for vehicles. The lab was founded in 2001 by General Motors to accelerate the pace of innovation in strategic technology areas.


The lab currently has two broad focus areas:

  1. Multi-Scale Computational Modeling of plasticity and fracture of Li, Al and Mg Alloys, and Steels
  2. Characterization of Irreversible Deformation and Fracture in Li-Insertion Electrode Materials

Since 2001, over 40 Brown faculty, postdoctoral research associates and graduate students, and over 10 staff members from General Motors,  have participated in the laboratory.