This program plan has been prepared by the Office of Transportation Materials in response to a request by the House Committee on Appropriations. It recognizes that a significant commitment to long-term, stable materials research and development (R&D) is required to realize the benefits of lighter weight vehicles, including economic, environmental and energy related benefits. Extensive input was obtained from the major US automakers and from representative materials and component suppliers. Considerable interaction with the key members of the US Automotive Materials Partnership (USAMP) has ensured consistency of technical direction. The program will support R&D activity at industrial sites through competitively bid subcontracts with cost sharing anticipated at 30-50%, with the higher amounts in process scale-up and manufacturing technology development. The recommended LWM program will enable industry to develop necessary technology by utilizing their capabilities as well as accessing supporting technology at national laboratories, universities, ongoing program activity at NASA, DoD, DOT, NIST, etc., and thereby leverage industry resources through integrated team approaches. Many individual program efforts are currently in place that address small portions of the overall needs of the LWM program, both within DOE and in other agencies. Cognizance of these and overall integration of research activities are planned as significant program management tasks. Because of the international nature of the automobile business, benchmarking of foreign technology and tracking worldwide developments are also key program elements.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Sponsored by Department of Energy, Washington, DC.
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    Oak Ridge National Laboratory

    P. O. Box 2008
    Oak Ridge, TN  United States  37831
  • Publication Date: 1993


  • English

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  • Pagination: 107 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00666425
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: ORNL-ATD-75
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 27 1994 12:00AM