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High-Performance Structural Metals: An Undervalued but Criti
High-Performance Structural Metals: An Undervalued but Criti
High-Performance Structural Metals: An Undervalued but Critical Enabling Technology
James C. Williams, presenter

This webcast is a recording of the presentation given by on March 10, 2008 at the TMS 2008 Annual Meeting & Exhibition as the Institute of Metals/Robert Franklin Mehl Lecture.

The following is a descriptionof the presentation:

For years, better products have been enabled by improved materials of construction. For the most part, these materials have been metallic, although engineering plastics and some ceramics also have been contributors. At the beginning of the 21st century, the Tau Beta Pi list of the ten most important engineering achievements of the 20th century contained seven items that could not have been accomplished without advances in materials technology. Today, continuing advances in metallic structural materials are still critical to the creation and production of competitive products. However, federal funding for this effort has dwindled in favor of other trendy topics, leaving a significant list of "unfinished business." This talk will describe some of the past advances in structural materials and outline some important opportunities going forward. As appropriate, the reality (or lack thereof) of some of the trendy topics also will be assessed and some relative value comparisons will be offered.

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Publisher: TMS
Product Format: Webcast
Duration: 50 minutes
Date Published: April 28, 2008

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