Skip to: Main Content Search Navigation Secondary Navigation

Ohio University’s Athens Campus is closed Thursday, March 5 from 4 a.m. to 10 a.m.; normal operations will resume at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 5.

The morning closure hours are intended to allow employees to make their travel plans to work ... More Information
 

Frank F. Kraft

Professor, Director CAMP
Mechanical Engineering,Center for Advanced Materials Processing
STKR 263
kraftf@ohio.edu
Phone: 740-597-1478

Dr. Kraft has held engineering positions in government (Department of the Army) and in industry. Prior to joining the mechanical engineering faculty, he was the R&D manager for the extruded products division of Brazeway, Inc., a worldwide leader of extrusion products and refrigeration components for the heat transfer, automotive, appliance, and commercial refrigeration industries (the world's largest supplier of aluminum frost-free evaporator coils for residential and commercial refrigeration).

Dr. Kraft's current research interests through the Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP) includes hot extrusion of copper hollow profiles, extrusion of a copper/carbon nano-tube composite material into high conductivity wire,  mechanical behavior of precision single and multi-channel tube for advanced climate control systems, development of flow stress data and constitutive equations for metal forming.


Research Interests: Design, Mechanics, Materials and Processing, Manufacturing

All Degrees Earned: Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic University, 1994. M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic University. B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Union College.

Publications:

1.F.F. Kraft, T. Jamison, “Mechanical Behavior of Internally Pressurized Copper Tube for New HVACR Applications”, Journal of Pressure Vessel Technology Transactions of the ASME, in press

2.Kraft, F. F. (2012). Extrusion of Hard-Alloy,Thin-Wall Hollow Profiles (vol. I, pp. 7 pages). Wauconda, IL: Proceedings of the Tenth International Aluminum Extrusion Technology Seminar ET'12, ET (Extrusion Technology) Foundation. etfoundation.org

3.G. Vamadevan, F.F. Kraft, “Processing effects in aluminum micro-channel tube for brazed R744 heat exchangers”, Journal of Materials Processing Technology, vol.191, issue 1-3, August 1, 2007, pp.30-33

4.F.F. Kraft, “Method for Predicting and Optimizing the Strength of Extruded Multi-Void Aluminum Heat Exchanger Tube”, SAE 2002 Transactions Journal of Passenger Cars: Mechanical Systems, SAE, Sept., 2003, pp.99-106

5.F.F. Kraft, R.N. Wright, M.K. Jensen, “Kinetics of Non-Isothermal Recrystallization”, Journal of Materials Engineering and Performance, Vol. 5, No. 2, April 1996, pp. 213-219

Patents:

1. F.F. Kraft, Micro-Channel Tubes and Apparatus and Method for Forming Micro-Channel Tubes, U.S. Patent, No. US 8,191,393 B2, June 5, 2012

2. F.F. Kraft, D. Skrzypchak, US Patent 6,644,394 B1, Braze Alloy Flow-Barrier, Nov.11, 2003

3. F.F. Kraft, US Patent 6,536,255, Multivoid Heat Exchanger Tubing with Ultra Small Voids and Method for Making the Tubing, March 25, 2003

Journal Article, Academic Journal (10)

  • Ohioma, E., Ali, M., Kraft, F., Alam, K. Experimental Characterization of Thin Walled Cross Shape Tube for Energy Absorption. Thin-Walled Structures/Elsevier.
  • Kraft, F., Kochis, J. Hot Extrusion of Thin-wall Multi-channel Copper Profiles. 6. NY, NY: ASME Transactions, Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering; 135: 8 pages.
  • Kraft, F., Jamison, T. Mechanical Behavior of Internally Pressurized Copper Tube for New HVACR Applications. NY, NY: ASME Transactions, Journal of Pressure Vessel Technology; 134: 9 pages.
  • Domblesky, J., Kraft, F. Metallographic Evaluation of Welded Forging Preforms. 1-3. Journal of Materials Processing Technology; 191: 82-86.
  • Vamadevan, G., Kraft, F. Processing Effects in Aluminum Micro-channel Tube for Brazed R744 Heat Exchangers. 1-3. Journal of Materials Processing Technology; 191: 30-33.
  • Domblesky, J., Kraft, F. Investigation of Welded Preforms for Use in Forging. SAE 2005 Transactions Journal of Aerospace, SAE International; paper No. 2005-01-3287.
  • Domblesky, J., Kraft, F., Druecke, B., Sims, B. Welded Preforms for Forging. 1. Journal of Materials Processing Technology; 171: 141-149.
  • Kraft, F. Method for Predicting and Optimizing the Strength of Extruded Multi-Void Aluminum Heat Exchanger Tube. SAE 2002 Transactions Journal of Passenger Cars: Mechanical Systems/SAE; 99-106.
  • Kraft, F., Chakkingal, ., Baker, G., Wright, R. The Effects of Die Angle on Texture and Annealing Response of ETP Copper Wire. Journal of Materials Processing Technology/Elsevier; 60: 171-178.
  • Kraft, F., Wright, R., Jensen, M. Kinetics of Non-Isothermal Recrystallization. 2. Journal of Materials Engineering and Performance/ASM International; 5: 213-219.

Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book (1)

  • Kraft, F., Gunasekera, J. Conventional Hot Extrusion. 10th Edition. ASM International (The Materials Information Society): ASM Handbook, vol.14A: Metalworking, Bulk Forming; 14A: Metalworking, Bulk Forming: 421-439.

Technical Report (1)

  • Edwards, J., Quinet, D., Cotton, J., Kraft, F., Bruckner, D. Assessment of EndfireGlide Slope (EFGS) Compliance to Recent Changes in Frangibility Requirements. OU/AEC 11-08/TM- DTFAWA-10-D00020-TTD1; 73 pages.

Conference Proceeding (6)

  • Shabtay, Y., John, B., Kraft, F. New Copper-based Heat Exchangers for Alternative Refrigerants. 15th International Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Conference at Purdue; 9.
  • Kraft, F. Extrusion of Hard-Alloy, Thin-Wall Hollow Profiles. Wauconda, IL: Proceedings of the Tenth International Aluminum Extrusion Technology Seminar ET'12, ET (Extrusion Technology) Foundation; I: 7 pages. http://etfoundation.org.
  • Kraft, F., Williams, C. The Effect of Sc and Zr Additions on Al Extrusion and Post-Braze Grain Structure. Chicago, IL: Proceedings of the 9th International Aluminum Extrusion Technology Seminar and Exposition, ET Foundation; 2.
  • Kraft, F., Miller, H. Failure Pressure Model and Validation for Aluminum R744 Micro-channel Tube. Institute of Mechancial Engineers: Vehicle Thermal Manamement Systems (VTMS) 8 Conference, Nottingham, England.
  • Vamadevan, G., Kraft, F., Kadolkar, P., Mayer, H. Application of Rapid Infrared Heating for Processing of Aluminum Forgings. 2006 The Mineral, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) Annual Meeting & Exhibition.
  • Gunasekera, J., Kraft, F., Al-Mufadi, F. An Investigation of Size Effects in Miniature Hot Extrusion. Eighth International Aluminum Extrusion Technology Seminar and Exposition.

Patents

  • Kraft, F., Rich, J. Hot Extrusion Die Tool and Method of Making Same.
  • Kraft, F. Micro-channel Tubes and Apparatus and Method for Forming Micro-channel Tubes. 2,672,098.
  • Kraft, F., Rich, J. Hot Extrusion Die Tool and Method of Making Same.
  • Kraft, F. Micro-Channel Tubes and Apparatus and Method for Forming Micro-Channel Tubes. 8191393.
  • Kraft, F. Apparatus and Method for Extruding Micro-Channel Tubes. European Patent 2104577.
  • Kraft, F., Skrzypchak, D. Braze Alloy Flow-Barrier. US Patent 6,644,394 B1.
  • Kraft, F. Multivoid Heat Exchanger Tubing with Ultra Small Voids and Method for Making the Tubing. US Patent 6,536,255.
  • Kraft, F., Guzowski, M., McCarbery, H. Micro-Multiport (MMP) Tubing with Improved Metallurgical Strength and Method for Making Said Tubing. US Patent 6,192,978 B1.