Technical Session

Materials & Advanced Manufacturing (M & AM)

The U.S. Army’s future force must be more lethal, expeditionary, and agile, with greater capability to conduct operations that are decentralized, distributed, and integrated. Historically, weight has had a positive correlation with combat vehicle survivability; yet high vehicle weight also decreases the fleet’s ability to be expeditionary, limits global mobility, increases cost and challenges sustainment. As the Army modernizes its vehicle fleet to maintain a global presence, there is an urgent need to reduce the impacts of vehicle weight on mission performance, and to develop innovative materials and manufacturing processes to reduce vehicle weight and sustainment burden.

The M&AM Technical Session serves as an open technical forum for the exchange of ideas, approaches, and techniques pertaining to development and application of innovative materials and advanced manufacturing methodologies for ground vehicles and watercraft. This forum will bring together researchers, engineers, program managers and scientists from academia, government and industry to address their common focus areas of research in M&AM.

Paper topics can range from advanced research to case studies and applications in the following broad areas, but are not limited to:

  • Advanced high strength (steel, titanium, aluminum)
  • Resin-reinforced composites
  • Metal Matrix Composites
  • Foams and hybrid structures
  • Barriers to weight reduction and adoption
  • Operational metrics and impacts of weight reduction
  • Other ultra-lightweight alloys (magnesium, etc.)
  • AM methods
  • Modeling and Simulation (M&S) Tools for AM processes
  • Validation of AM parts: qualification and certification
  • Feedstock development for AM
  • Innovative part design for AM
  • Other applications (cold spray, hot forming)
  • Corrosion mechanisms, detection under coatings
  • Corrosion prevention and mitigation
  • Corrosion prediction and modeling tools
  • Pretreatments, coatings, finishes: development & performance assessment
  • Accelerated corrosion test methods
  • Hazardous materials and substitutes etc.
  • Case studies in military ground vehicles
  • Design optimization (topology, shape/size)
  • Lifecycle impacts (design for cost)
  • Digital image correlation
  • Integrated Computational Materials Engineering
  • Other (shape memory alloys, electro-hydraulic forming/welding, etc.)
  • Lethality/Weapon Systems-pertinent considerations (excessive temperature, pressure, abrasion,
  • Dissimilar material joining
  • Friction stir welding
  • Advanced joining and processing (explosive bonding, friction stir, laser)
  • Advanced weld wire development and characterization
  • Adhesives


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