Accession Number:

ADA080547

Title:

Retrospective Study of Selected DoD Materials and Structures Research and Development Programs. Phase 1. Case History Data Collection

Descriptive Note:

Interim rept. Feb 1978-Feb 1979

Corporate Author:

INSTITUTE FOR DEFENSE ANALYSES ALEXANDRIA VA SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY DIV

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1979-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

294.0

Abstract:

The DoD recognizes a continuing need to examine and, if possible, improve its investment strategy rationale in all of its R and D. Based on a request of USDR and ER and ATET, the Institute for Defense Analyses undertook a study of R and D planning in the limited area of materials and structures. The objective of the study is to determine if the current R and D planning procedures in materials and structures can be improved. This phase I report is an orderly compilation of pertinent case histories. Evaluation and analysis will be the subject of a future Phase II paper. Pertinent studies of the past, such as HINDSIGHT and TRACES, are reviewed along with the IR and D programs of DoD. Funding histories in materials and structures technology are presented. Some outstanding research programs 6.1 category sponsored by the Navy, Army, and Air Force are traced from their initial concept to their eventual contribution to the technology base. Selected case histories include the Navys C4 Missile System program, which exemplifies the careful utilization of materials and structures technology advances by the designers. Other case histories discussed include the history and user acceptance of advanced fibers and composites as primary structural components the development history of titanium and its uses the Navys development and sustained utilization of high-yield strength steels the development of special aluminum alloys for aircraft and ships, and the growth of the graphitic graphite and carbon-carbon materials technology and their high temperature applications. The disappointing results of refractory metals for military applications are also discussed.

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Laminates and Composite Materials
  • Metallurgy and Metallography

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE