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Accelerated Insertion of Materials


Program Manager: Leo Christodoulou, Ph.D.

AIM logoThe development of a designer knowledge base (which incorporates design allowables, reliability, manufacturing, reproducibility, and other essential information) is a time-consuming and costly endeavor. Consequently, new material insertion into production hardware is extremely difficult, typically taking 15-20 years (if it is successful at all).

The Accelerated Insertion of Materials (AIM) program created and validated new approaches for materials development that will accelerate the insertion of materials into production hardware. This was accomplished by establishing approaches to use the required technical content and fidelity of the "designer knowledge base" to drive the optimized development/use of models and experiments. Critical to this effort was understanding how to effectively use materials models, how to link them across various length and time scales, and how to couple them with an optimized series of experiments to yield the appropriate information for the designer.




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