MATERIALS SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FOR MORE-ENERGY-EFFICIENT TRANSPORTATION

This workshop reviewed issues related to all major transportation systems-aircraft, railroad vehicles and powerplants, ships, automobiles, and buses, road and highway construction, and unconventional technologies such as electric vehicles. Also discussed were general problems relevant to all transportation technologies, e.g., the question of whether or not economy and energy efficiency can be reconciled in transportation, and socio-economic constraints that can hinder the introduction of more energy-saving materials. A clear interaction between energy-efficiency and materials utilization has been found in each transportation system although the tradeoffs and specific problems vary considerably between different systems. In fact, there is a large potential for energy saving through lighter and otherwise more-efficient materials. This potential often reaches 20% in case of railroads, even 50% of present energy requirements. Thus, the drive to save energy is one of the main reasons for the R and D effort and for a very fast rate of technical change in practically all transportation systems. Some concrete examples are presented on specific issues of each transportation system.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • From International Congress on Materials Aspects of World Energy Needs; Reston, Virginia, 26 March 1979.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Canada Center for Materials & Energy

    Ottawa, ONo,   Canada 
  • Authors:
    • Ogle, IGC
    • Steinberg, M A
    • Wald, S
  • Publication Date: 1980

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 160-164

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00330640
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Energy Research Abstracts
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 21 1981 12:00AM