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Advanced Materials for Transportation

The goal of the Advanced Materials for Transportation Implementing Agreement is to promote development of new materials technologies to improve fuel economy and durability of transportation systems while maintaining environmental friendliness for emissions, recyclability, and human health and safety.  Examples of these technologies include (1) light weighting to improve fuel efficiency without compromising safety, durability, and comfort; fuel economy improves by 7% for every 10% decrease in a vehicle's total weight,  (2) surface engineering including texturing coupled with advanced thin films and lubricant chemistry for friction reduction and improved durability; this technology has the potential of improving energy efficiency in energy transmission components by 10-15%, (3) novel, durable coating systems for thermal, wear and environmental management, and (4) revolutionary materials (nanomaterials, nano-structured materials, and nano-composites) that have the potential for weight reduction, improved performance, and embedded functional properties.   


Signatories : Australia | Canada | China | China | Finland | Germany | Israel | Korea, Republic of | United Kingdom | United States |
For more information: http://www.iea-ia-amt.org/

Current Projects (Annexes)

04. Integrated Engineered Surface Technology to Reduce Friction and Increase Durability
The objective of this Annex is to conduct cooperative research and development on an integrated engineered surface technology, leading to the standardisation of testing and characterisation methods for textured surfaces made from various materials. Through this collaboration, participating countries may avoid unnecessary duplication of research efforts, thereby accelerating the achievement of higher fuel economy. Subtask 1: Technical Information Exchange Subtask 2: Characterisation of Engineered Surfaces Subtask 3: Evaluation of Engineered Surfaces


08. Co-operative program on the development of thermoelectric materials for waste heat recovery in transportation industries
The objective of this Annex is to develop test methods for the evaluation of thermoelectric materials and to develop precision statements for the standardisation


07. Co-operative program on the development, evaluation and standardization of methods for testing mechanical properties of nanomaterials for application in automotive industries
The objective of this Annex is to develop measurement methods using Instrumented Indenter and atomic force microscopes to quantify the influence of nanoparticles in reinforced nanocomposites for quality control.


06. Carbon fibres and composites for transportation
The objective of this Annex is to assess the gaps in measurement methods and standards on low cost carbon fibers targeted at automotive applications.


09. Model based design of tribological coating systems
The objective of this Annex is to integrate modeling and coating testing to guide the development of next generation of advanced coatings for friction and life time control for cars and trucks.