TMS2013 SYMPOSIUM: REWAS 2013 : Enabling Materials Resource Sustainability
March 3-7, 2013 (TMS Annual Meeting) • San Antonio, Texas • USA
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Every sector faces unique challenges in the transition to sustainability. Across each, materials will play a key role. That will depend upon novel materials and processes, but these will only be effective with a solid understanding of the trends in the market. For each respective sector, these sessions will explore the trends and drivers toward sustainability, the enabling materials technologies and challenges, and the tools to evaluate their implications.
Mobility is a ubiquitous need, but creates ubiquitous burden. Materials will play
a central role in the transition to sustainable transportation – vehicles with fewer
burdens in production, use, and disposal. This session will explore the challenges,
trends, and novel approaches to realizing sustainability in this sector.
- Built Environment
Society depends upon infrastructure. Whether it be an individual home, a road
network, or a pipeline system the performance of that infrastructure is governed
by materials. Clever materials solutions will be required to bring modern
standards of built environment to a growing and increasingly affluent globe. This
session will explore the challenges, trends, and novel approaches to realizing
sustainability in this sector.
- Electrical and Electronic Equipment and Infrastructure (EEEI)
Modern technology – in the form of the devices we interact with and the networks
on which they depend – has transformed every aspect of life, but depends
on environmentally intensive processes and materials. These sessions will
discuss the emerging technologies and approaches to create EEEI with fewer
burdens in production, use, and disposal as well as the manner by which EEE is
enabling more sustainable systems throughout the economy. A key challenge in
this domain is characterizing the impact of the network and identifying solutions
to address that impact.
- Energy Production and Storage
Furthermore, novel materials technologies will play a central role in checking
the world’s appetite for energy. These sessions will probe the synergies between
system design, evaluation, and materials technologies to create a truly sustainable
Possibly the greatest challenge of this century will be to satisfy the demand for
energy without overtaxing ecosystem services. Materials solutions will be required
throughout the energy ecosystem – production, distribution, and storage.
- Water Systems
A population inexorably approaching 10 billion will tax the planet’s ability to
provide safe, clean water. Materials are both key enablers of low cost water sanitation
and water supply, but are also great consumers of water resources. These
sessions will explore the coupling of materials and sustainable water supply,
bridging the challenges of both supply and demand.
Enabling Sustainability Through…
- Sustainable metals and materials processing
The benefits of novel materials solutions depend on technologies that win and
form in a manner which is practical, economical, and environmentally benign.
This will require innovations ranging from fundamental understanding of process
physics to the practical creation of ingenious tools and equipment. These sessions
will examine these innovations translate materials potential into material
- Recycling and recovery – design of products, processes, and systems
Few imagine that sustainable production and consumption will be possible
without more effective repurposing of those metals and materials we use today.
Achieving this requires innovations in a) the technologies of recycling and recovery
including sorting, upgrading, and reprocessing; b) the design of complex
recovery systems; and c) the design of materials and products that are more
- Process design, modeling and simulation
Revolutionizing materials technology requires models that will allow us to rapidly
scan for truly novel solutions. Ultimately, this will require models that span from
the atomistic through the meso-scale of grains and structure to the macro scale
of design. These sessions will examine the strategies to make this possible, the
challenges that remain, and the ways in which these tools point to more sustainable
Understanding Sustainability through…
- Life Cycle Management, Life Cycle Analysis & Industrial Ecology
Materials choice impacts the entire life cycle of products and services, from the
impact of extraction, to processing technologies and use profiles, all the way to
end of life fates. Employing industrial ecology strategies to dematerialize products
and services, substitute with lower impact materials or mine useful materials
at end of life all require dedicated understanding of the role of materials. These
sessions will explore the use of life cycle management & analysis and other
simulation tools to inform how society might move towards more sustainable
- Systems Modeling and Design
Ecosystems, metropolitan regions, and supply chains are examples of complex
entities where small changes within one component can have cascading impacts
throughout the entire system. These sessions will show how modeling approaches
that provide insight into whole systems enable deeper understanding
of potential levers towards sustainability where non-intuitive behavior may arise
due to the vast complexity.
- Education and Consumer awareness
One of the most challenging and critical aspects of realizing a more sustainable
society is influencing consumer behavior towards concepts such as improved
efficiency, collection rates at end of life and adoption of improved technologies/
products. Furthermore, we must provide the future materials community with the
tools to take on the challenges of sustainability. These sessions will describe innovations
in education towards training future sustainability-aware engineers and
scientists and understanding ways to make us all more sustainable consumers.
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