AD HOC COMMITTEE ON PRINCIPLES OF RESEARCH-ENGINEERING INTERACTION
MATERIALS ADVISORY BOARD (NAS-NRC) WASHINGTON DC
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Ten separate material developments were investigated and case histories are presented. A technique of analysis was developed and applied to the case histories to identify common elements and patterns which might be used as guides by the Department of Defense to stimulate research-engineering interactions in the solution of materials problems. The analysis identified several elements which were prominent in many of the cases. Among these are 1 Flexibility for the individual investigators to make major changes in direction and goals was frequently required 2 Close and frequent communications between organizationally independent groups were often essential 3 Key individuals played essential roles in bridging the geographical, organizational, and functional barriers between groups 4 The recognition of an important need was most frequently the principal factor in stimulating research-engineering interactions and 5 Often technical approaches were available and lay dormant for some time before their pertinence to a specific need was recognized.
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