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Advanced Materials by Design

Advanced Materials by Design

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 Advanced Materials by Design
June 1988
NTIS order #PB88-243548
 
Recommended Citation:
U.S. Congress, Office of Technology Assessment,
Advanced Materials by Design,
OTA-
E-351 (Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, June 1988).
Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 87-619860
For sale by the Superintendent of Documents
U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402-9325
(order form can be found in the back of this report)
 
Foreword
This assessment responds to a joint request from the House Committee on Sci-
ence, Space, and Technology and the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, andTransportation to analyze the military and commercial opportunities presented by newstructural materials technologies, and to outline the Federal policy objectives that are
consistent with those opportunities.New structural materialsceramics, polymers, metals, or hybrid materials derived
from these, called composites–open a promising avenue to renewed international com-
petitiveness of U.S. manufacturing industries. There will be many opportunities for use
of the materials in aerospace, automotive, industrial, medical, and construction appli-cations in the next 25 years. This assessment addresses the impact of advanced struc-tural materials on the competitiveness of the U.S. manufacturing sector, and offers policy
options for accelerating the commercial utilization of the materials.in recent years, several excellent studies have been published on both ceramicsand polymer matrix composites. This assessment draws on this body of work and
presents a broad picture of where these technologies stand today and where they arelikely to go in the future. OTA appreciates the assistance provided by the contractors,advisory panel, and workshop participants, as well as the many reviewers whose com-
ments helped to ensure the accuracy of the report.

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