Implementing Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME) in the Aerospace, Automotive, and Maritime Industries

Detailed, practical guidance to implementing integrated computational materials engineering (ICME), via initiating an ICME-accelerated product development program within three years, is at your fingertips in Implementing ICME in the Aerospace, Automotive, and Maritime Industries. This resource compiles the insights, knowledge, and experience of nearly 50 recognized technical experts in ICME and its allied fields, while also building on the broad recommendations of the 2008 U.S. National Academies report that first defined ICME as a new sub-discipline in materials science with enormous power to revolutionize materials-intensive product development cycles. 

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Study Features

  • Definition and description of the fundamental building blocks needed to implement an ICME-accelerated product development program in the near-term for the automotive, aerospace, and maritime sectors, but portable to other industries as well.
  • Frameworks that include flow diagrams and extensive tables detailing: necessary actions throughout the product development cycle; entry and exit points of the ICME portions of the cycle; suggestions for computational models and tools to use at various steps; necessary skill sets and personnel; and key decision points.
  • In-depth recommendations for addressing ICME implementation issues that cut across all industrial sectors. These include building a business case for ICME, effectively integrating design into the manufacturing and materials development process, and issues related to verification and validation.
  • Identification of more than 50 near-term application opportunities for implementing ICME in the aerospace, automotive, and maritime industries.
This study was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense Office of Naval Research (ONR) and Air Force Research Laboratory, the U.S. Department of Energy (Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy—Vehicle Technologies Office), and the U.S. National Science Foundation (Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation) under a grant to The Minerals, Metals, & Materials Society (TMS).

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Study Process

TMS recruited a broad cross-section of leading scientists, engineers, and technical experts representing industry, government, and academia to serve on a total of four ICME implementation study teams. Three of these teams focused on specific industrial sectors—aerospace, automotive, and maritime. A fourth team analyzed the “cross-cutting” issues across these sectors. A fifth team was also organized to ensure careful, expert review of the final report.
  • ICME Implementation Study Leadership
  • Aerospace ICME Implementation Team Roster
    ICME Implementation Study – Aerospace Team
    • Tresa Pollock, Team Leader (U. of California – Santa Barbara)
    • Kenneth Bain (GE Aviation)
    • Rick Barto (Lockheed Martin)
    • Stephen Christensen (Boeing)
    • James Cotton (Boeing)
    • David Furrer (Pratt & Whitney)
    • James Laflen (GE Global Research)
    • Gregory Schoeppner (Air Force Research Lab)
  • Automotive ICME Implementation Team Roster
    ICME Implementation Study – Automotive Team
    • John Allison, Team Leader (U. of Michigan)
    • Edward (Buddy) Damm (Timken)
    • Jürgen Hirsch (Hydro Aluminium)
    • Mei Li (Ford)
    • Alan Luo (General Motors)
    • Warren Poole (U. of British Columbia)
    • Xin Sun (Pacific Northwest National Lab)
    • David Wagner (Ford)
    • Michael Wyzgoski (Consultant)
    • Xinyan Yan (Alcoa)
  • Maritime ICME Implementation Team Roster
    ICME Implementation Study – Maritime Team
    • John DeLoach, Team Leader (Naval Surface Warfare Center)
    • Richard Fonda (Naval Research Laboratory)
    • David Forrest (Naval Surface Warfare Center)
    • Michael Harbison (Ingalls Shipbuilding)
    • Rich Hays (Office of the Secretary of Defense)
    • Edward Herderick (Edison Welding Institute)
    • T.D. Huang (Ingalls Shipbuilding)
    • Garrett Sonnenberg (Newport News Shipbuilding)
    • Alex Wilson (ArcelorMittal USA Plate)
  • Cross-Cutting ICME Implementation Team Roster
    ICME Implementation Study – Cross-Cutting Team
    • Brad Cowles, Team Leader (Cowles Consulting)
    • Michael Bloor (ESI North America)
    • Surya Kalidindi (Georgia Institute of Technology)
    • Paul Mason (Thermocalc)
    • Farrokh Mistree (U. of Oklahoma)
    • Greg Olson (QuesTek Innovations/Northwestern U.)
    • John (Jack) Schirra (Pratt & Whitney)
    • Alejandro Strachan (Purdue University)
    • Hasso Weiland (Alcoa)
  • Review Team Roster
    ICME Implementation Study – Review Team
    • Justin Scott, Team Leader (TMS)
    • Alexis Lewis (Naval Research Laboratory)
    • Peter Collins (U. of North Texas)
    • Carrie Campbell (National Institute of Standards and Technology)
    • Katsuyo Thornton (U. of Michigan)
    • Dan Backman (Retired - GE Aircraft Engines)
    • Paul Krajewski (General Motors Corp.)
    • Gene Ice (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)
    • Peter Glaws (Timken)

Related Resources

"TMS Study Charts a Course to Successful ICME Implementation," Lynne Robinson, September 2013 JOM
Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME): A Study on Implementing ICME in the Aerospace, Automotive & Maritime Industries,” George Spanos, July 2013, 2nd World Congress on Integrated Computational Materials Engineering
"Opening the Throttle on Innovation," Lynne Robinson, January 2013 JOM
Integrated Computational Materials Engineering: A Transformational Discipline for Improved Competitiveness and National Security, 2008, National Academies Press
TMS Materials Cyberinfrastructure Portal The portal serves as an online access point to critical tools and resources—including computational models and materials databases—that can support the implementation of an ICME-accelerated product development program. Please note that this resource is no longer updated by TMS but is made available for archival reference only.