Accession Number:

ADB005889

Title:

Critical Materials Needs

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

BATTELLE COLUMBUS DIV OH

Report Date:

1975-08-11

Pagination or Media Count:

161.0

Abstract:

During this century the rapid increase of technological advances and their incorporation into weapon systems and materiel have often created unforeseen demands for raw materials and consequent shortages and economic rivalries among friendly as well as hostile nations. The United States has many times found it necessary to categorize certain raw materials as essential or critical. It would be most helpful to the DoD if it could better anticipate the need for such measures through prior assessment and analysis of technological trends which impact on the U.S. requirements for materials or associated manufacturing processes which could be classed as critical. This research project addressed those needs by making an assessment of emerging industrial technologies in the United States, with particular emphasis on six technologies which were selected for extensive analysis. These include Electroslag Remelting, Fiber-Reinforced Composites, Superconductors for Power Applications, High-Temperature Gas-Turbine Engines for Automotive Applications, Fuel Cells, Lasers for Communications and Materials Processing.

Subject Categories:

  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Laminates and Composite Materials
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE