sample homogeneity, and sample-to-sample variability. Although this example focuses on the challenges associated with ceramics, similar materials-specific complexities arise in composite materials, fibers, and textiles, in concrete and laminated assemblies of multiple materials, and the associated interfaces contained therein.
STATEMENT OF TASK
An ad hoc committee will conduct a study and prepare a report on protection materials for the Army to explore the possibility of a path forward for these materials. Specifically, the committee will:
1. Review and assess the current theoretical and experimental understanding of the major issues surrounding protection materials.
2. Determine the major challenges and technical gaps for developing the future generation of light weight protection materials for the Army, with the goal of valid multi-scale predictive simulation tools for performance and, conversely, protection materials by design.
3. Suggest a path forward, including approach, organizational structure and teaming, including processing, material characterization (composition and microstructure), quasi-static and dynamic mechanical testing and model development and simulation and likely timeframes for the Army to deliver the next generation protection materials.
In considering these questions, the committee should consider the following: