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Frank F. Kraft

Professor, Director CAMP
Mechanical Engineering,Center for Advanced Materials Processing
STKR 263
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.


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.

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


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