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New Programme to Study Performance of Construction Materials

A proposed three year programme being developed by the Department of Trade and Industry and the National Physical Laboratory will focus on the performance of materials in service. With a start date of 1 April 2004, the Materials Performance programme is one of three new National Measurement System (NMS) materials metrology programmes planned for 2004-2007, the others being manufacture and processing, and characterisation and design.

‘The proposed Materials Performance programme will be broad in scope and address measurement needs for many different material types and industrial sectors. Its objective is to develop measurement methodologies and models for the assessment, predication and ongoing evaluation of the properties of materials in a service environment,’ says Sam Gresham of NPL’s Knowledge Transfer Centre.

Anticipated themes in the Materials Performance programme will include:

  • Construction materials
  • High-temperature degradation
  • Surface engineered solutions
  • Durability of electronic materials
  • Engineering integrity
  • Assessment prediction under complex loading
  • Assessment monitoring
  • Aqueous corrosion
  • Wear and abrasion
  • Performance of polymeric materials
  • Accelerated ageing methodologies

At this stage, companies can help shape the programme by submitting suggestions on the make up and selection of new technical projects. For more information, visit, or contact the Materials Enquiry Point at NPL, tel: +44 (0)20 8943 6701, e-mail: [email protected] .

Source: Materials World, May 2003 published by "The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining".

Posted May 2003

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