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FEATURE ARTICLE
ICME Implementation Study Teams Announced
December 2012

The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) announced the teams that will study and identify key steps needed to extend and accelerate implementation of the emerging discipline of integrated computational materials engineering (ICME) in the automotive, aerospace/aircraft, and maritime industries.

TMS, leading the project on behalf of the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation, has recruited more than 35 scientists, engineers, and technical experts representing industry, government, and academia to serve on four ICME implementation study teams. Three teams will focus on specific industrial sectors–aerospace, automotive, and maritime–while a fourth team will study the “cross-cutting” issues across these sectors.

“We are pleased to be able to assemble and convene such a broad and rich talent base for this important project,” said George Spanos, TMS technical director and the study’s project leader. “Engaging experts from industry, academia, and government will not only provide a much more comprehensive and detailed approach than would be possible by any single organization; it will also facilitate the implementation of ICME across the entire materials design and development cycle—from discovery to deployment.”

“The results of this study ultimately will benefit society by assisting in bringing new materials and materials-related manufacturing processes to market much faster than is possible today, and at less cost,” said Dr. Spanos.

Currently, it takes about 10 to 20 years for a new material to evolve from a laboratory concept to commercial readiness. Products developed using the ICME approach can be introduced to the market in nearly half that time and at a fraction of the cost. Such results are possible by combining cutting-edge computational modeling and information technologies with advances in experimental tools. ICME also is a critical element of the Materials Genome Initiative (MGI), announced in 2011. According to the “Materials Genome Initiative for Global Competitiveness,” a white paper released by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, reducing the time and cost required to bring discoveries to market is crucial to strengthening domestic manufacturing and ensuring U.S. global competitiveness and economic growth. Advanced materials are necessary for the implementation of critical technologies impacting on national security, energy, transportation, and health care, to name just a few sectors of society.

“This new study will determine frameworks and pathways needed to implement ICME more rapidly and on a much broader scale, within the automotive, aerospace, and maritime industries, and will generate ideas and offer guidance that can aid integrated product development teams, ICME practitioners, and research and engineering groups seeking to implement ICME in these industries,” said Dr. Spanos. The intent is that the final report will, in essence, serve as a ‘field manual’ toward such ICME implementation.”


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