Slow Processes: The Accumulation of Molecular Events Leading to Failure on Macroscale: A report on a Workshop Organized by the U.S. Army Research Office 9-11 August 2000

Report No. ARL-SR-16
Authors: Robert Shaw
Date/Pages: February 2001; 115 pages
Abstract: A U.S. Army Research Laboratory workshop was held in preparation for a new initiative to support long-term reliability. Chemists, engineers, and physicists from universities, Department of Energy, National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Navy, and the Army met to develop research recommendations to provide a fundamental understanding of the chemistry of processes that lead to materials failure. The workshop was held at Duke University during 9-11 August 2000 and was the first of its kind. This report presents the papers given by participants and the results of their discussions and outlines a new research initiative that can lead to the design of materials for a longer, useful life and enable a rational basis for programmed maintenance. Specific recommendations for experimental and theoretical research are included.
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Last Update / Reviewed: February 1, 2001