Materials Research and Technology Initiatives

This report examines materials research programs across all operating Administrations within the U.S. Department of Transportation. It is the department's first report on ongoing and planned research and technology efforts in advanced materials. The report was published in support of the Administration's initiative to establish an integrated program of research designed to enhance the performance and longevity of the Nation's transportation infrastructure. It is intended to provide the department's customers with a consolidated report of materials-related research projects. The report highlights opportunities for joint research and near-term applications of advanced materials technologies. The report discusses the department's research efforts in two major areas: 1) advanced materials research for transportation infrastructure applications, such as the use of solid waste materials in highway construction, or the development of high performance concrete for bridge construction, and 2) advanced materials-related research for vehicles and other applications, such as the use of composite materials to construct lighter-weight and stronger containers to transport hazardous materials, or the use of new inspection procedures to determine the structural integrity of aircraft.


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 57 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00720367
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Federal Transit Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT-T-96-01
  • Files: NTL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Apr 18 1996 12:00AM