Advanced materials: outlook and information requirements. Proceedings of a Bureau of Mines conference. November 7-8, 1989, Arlington, Virginia.
Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, IC 9274, 1990 Jan; :1-133
In November 1989, the U.S. Bureau of Mines sponsored a 2-day conference to stimulate thinking and discussion about changing materials technologies and implications for the government's materials information programs. On the first day of the conference, speakers provided overviews of developments occurring in each of the major materials groups. Emerging technological developments, applications, economic and national defense significance, intermaterial competition, and potential market growth in advanced plastics, polymer composites, ceramics, metals, and electronic materials were described. In general, the speakers forecast advanced materials market growth rates in excess of overall gross national product, though high costs will tend to limit growth outside of aerospace, defense, electronics, medical equipment, and other typically high value-added businesses. On the second day, a wide range of speakers representing several facets of the materials community described how advances in materials technology are creating a need for new types of data, statistics, information, and analysis. Reflecting the speakers' broad range of organizational, professional, and personal perspectives, an array of information needs was identified. Most requirements, however, seemed to fall into one of five major categories: federal materials research activities, material standards, market and economic information, health and safety, and public policy.
Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, IC 9274