Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Center for Advanced Friction Studies. | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
The Center for Advanced Friction Studies (CAFS) was created as a cooperative effort between Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, the State of Illinois, the National Science Foundation, and a consortium of industries servicing the aerospace and automobile industries. CAFS was a central research facility charged with developing, standardizing, and documenting techniques that could be used by national corporations to achieve market supremacy over their competition in other nations. The exchange and interchange between government, industry, and university brought together laboratories and agencies including the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Energy (DOE), and military labs.
As a part of the College of Engineering at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, the center began in 1995 and ended in 2014. Faculty members supported degree-seeking traditional students (undergraduate, graduate and doctorate), non-traditional students, and those seeking continuing education workshops. They also offered a cooperative education program which allowed students to work on site. CAFS mission was 1) The pursuit of knowledge in friction and the education and training of undergraduate and graduate students in subject areas of interest to the friction industry and the state of Illinois (teaching through performing research); and 2) To offer a creative environment allowing an active participation of faculty, students, and industrial affiliates. Sponsored research focused on carbon composites, polymer composites, thermal effects, wet friction and non-destructive evaluations of brakes.