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Materials Reliability Division Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory FY 2002 Programs and Accomplishments



F R. Fickett


The Materials Reliability Division mission is to develop and disseminate measurement methods and standards enhancing the quality and reliability of materials for industry. Our focus in FY02 continues development of measurements for materials evaluation in micro- and optoelectronics. These nanoscale measurement issues have also led into areas not specific to the two electronics technologies. The use of advanced atomic force microscopy with probes based on nanotubes has opened up the broad field of nanotechnology. Division expertise in property measurement development is also being applied in biomaterials metrology in collaboration with local universities and hospitals. We see this area as one with significant potential for growth. In spite of the small-scale focus and the associated new materials, our work continues to cover the full range of traditional materials with dimensions from the very small to tall buildings, gas pipelines and bridges. The addition of Homeland Security to the national agenda has brought new life to some of these activities. Foremost among these is the commitment of NIST to a major role in the investigation of the World Trade Center disaster. The Division expertise in measurement of properties of metals under both normal and unusual conditions has resulted in a significant activity in this area. Our Standard Reference Materials program continues to provide support of the many instruments worldwide that ensure the accurate det4ermination of impact resistance of structural steels.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 6905
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acoustics, biomaterials, combinatorial techniques, electromigration, electronic packaging, metals processing, Standard Reference Materilas, thermal conductivity, tissue engineering


Fickett, F. (2002), Materials Reliability Division Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory FY 2002 Programs and Accomplishments, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD (Accessed June 24, 2024)


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Created September 1, 2002, Updated October 16, 2008