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NMAB WORKSHOP REPORTS WS-01 WORKSHOP REPORT ON MATERIALS R&D OPPORII~IIES IN low FORMER SOVIET UNION (FSU) This workshop provided a forum for government materials experts to exchange information and assessments concerning materials R&D opportunities in the FSU and identify the areas requiring further investigation. Break-out sessions were conducted in metals and metal-matrix composites; ceramics and ceramic-matrix composites; electro-magnetics and opto-electronics. Each session addressed three opportunity areas (basic and applied materials research, processing and fabrication, and subsidiary technology); and identified the research areas of interest, the main barriers to interaction, and best methods to overcome the barriers. The report of this workshop contains only the opinions of the participants; it is not an NRC report. (March 21-23, 1994, available from the National Materials Advisory Board) WS-02 WORKSHOP REPORT ON CRITICAL ISSUES FOR Elm AEROSPACE SPECIALTY MATERIALS INDUSlllIAL BASE Two workshops were held during the summer of 1994 to provide a forum for gathering information on critical issues related to the industrial base in aerospace specialty materials. Specialty materials were defied to include titanium alloys, superalloys, aerospace aluminum alloys, and composites. The first workshop gathered the views from prime contractors on their projections of future materials needs, technological benefits of a domestic supplier base, and identification of material suppliers' core capabilities that must be sustained. The second workshop focused on obtaining the perspectives from specialty material suppliers concerning the current economic health and competitive status of the various sectors, market barriers to their competitiveness and approaches to improving 37
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38 ~4B Catalog their economic health, necessary core capabilities that should be maintained, and actions that the federal government could take. The report of the workshop contains only the opinions of Me participants; it is not an NRC report. (July- August 1994, available from the National Materials Advisory Board)
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NMAB JOINT REPORTS Joint-01 ACHIEVING LEADERSHIP IN MATERIALS TECHNOLOGY FOR lam ARMY OF THE FUTURE This report identifies materials requirements for advanced weapons and support systems expected to be required by the AImy during the 1990s and beyond. Key areas for materials R&D that the Army should initiate or continue in order to meet its future requirements were identified. Four representative weapon systems were analyzed as case studies. Appendixes describe R&D opportunities in selected materials technology areas of importance to the Army. (1987, 235 pp., available from Board on Army Science and Technology, National Research Council, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20418) Joint-02 COMPEITIIVENESS OF lam U.S. MINERALS AND METALS INDUSTRY This report contains comprehensive assessments of the recent history and current structure of the global minerals and metals industry and of the competitive status of the U.S. industry within that global marketplace. The report assesses the technologies currently in use by the domestic industry and recommends R&D needed to pursue future technologies. Projected trends in demand for metals are examined in light of increasing demand for and substitution by new materials. Federal support of raining- and metals-related R&D across all agencies is summarized. The federal role in support of this industry is discussed in depth, with a particular focus on the role of the Bureau of Mines. Minerals and metals policies of some other nations are briefly reviewed. Mechanisms for improving the development and implementation of new technologies by the domestic 39
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40 MILIB Catalog industry are suggested. (1990, 160 pp., joint study with National Academy of Engineering, available from National Academy Press, ISBN 0-309 04245-3) Joint-03 MATER~S SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FOR 1~ 1990s: MAINTAINING COMPEITIIVENESS ~ lam AGE OF MATERIALS This study charts the impact of materials science and engineering on the public and private sectors and identifies We research that is needed to help the United States remain technologically competitive in the international arena. Scientific and technological frontiers of the field are explored both from the point of view of materials classes and from Me point of view of the four elements of the field: synthesis and processing, structure and composition, properties, and performance. Current and future resources that will be required to conduct this research, as well as the role of industry, Me federal government, and the universities are discussed. An analysis of the role of physics, chemistry, engineering and other disciplines in education of materials scientists and engineering is included and Me appraisal of the material strategies of the international competitors in the field of materials science and engineering is made. (1989, 320 pp., joint study with Solid State Sciences Committee, Board on Physics and Astronomy; available from National Academy Press, ISBN 0-309- 03928-2)