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VAMAS: Accomplishments and Future Directions



Stephen W. Freiman, E A. Early


The Versailles Project on Advanced Materials and Standards (VAMAS) was created in 1982 to support trade through international collaboration in pre-standards research in advanced materials. VAMAS has become self-sustaining through Memoranda of Understanding signed by Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, UK, USA, and the EC. Linkages between VAMAS and international standards organizations such as ISO and IEC have been established.The work of VAMAS is carried out within Technical Working Areas (TWA=s). There are currently nineteen TWA=s addressing a wide range of material subjects, e.g. surface chemical analysis, ceramics, biomaterials, superconducting materials, metal matrix composites, thin films, etc. Each TWA is led by an individual from a VAMAS member country and can consist of multiple projects, each addressing a different aspect of the subject. Much of the work of projects consists of interlaboratory studies involving researchers from government, industry, and academia. Participants in these studies come from both VAMAS as well as non-VAMAS countries. For qualified participants, the only requirement is active involvement in the work of the project.In this paper, we will provide a number of examples of the benefits derived from VAMAS. For instance, VAMAS activities have facilitated the development of over 60 draft or adopted national, regional, and international standards. Databases and classification systems have been established. Standard Reference Materials have been developed. Finally, new directions for VAMAS are discusse
Proceedings Title
Improved Ceramics Through New Measurements, Processing, and Standards, Symposium | | | American Ceramics Society
Conference Dates
November 1, 2001
Conference Title
Pacific Rim International Conference On Advanced Materials and Processing


ceramics for structural aplications, superconducting materials, surface chemical analysis, versailles project on advanced materials


Freiman, S. and Early, E. (2001), VAMAS: Accomplishments and Future Directions, Improved Ceramics Through New Measurements, Processing, and Standards, Symposium | | | American Ceramics Society (Accessed June 22, 2024)


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Created November 1, 2001, Updated February 19, 2017