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NIST develops standards and technology to support the next generation of aerospace, automotive and rail transport.

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Projects & Programs

Fundamentals of Deformation

This project provides new measurement methods, property data and simulations for areas critical to US manufacturing, describing the mechanisms responsible for

Automotive Lightweighting

Our objective is to support the efforts of the US automotive industry and its suppliers to incorporate advanced lightweight materials for improving fuel economy

X-ray Stress Measurement

Using X-ray diffraction techniques one can measure the full stress tensor just inside the surface of a sheet metal specimen under applied load. For experiments

Additional Resources Links


Jimmy Doolittle in an airplane cockpit

How NIST Helped Hero Pilot Jimmy Doolittle Fly

As portrayed by movie star Spencer Tracy in Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo, pilot James (Jimmy) Doolittle led the 1942 air raid on Japan that lifted American spirits in early World War II, winning fame and the Medal of Honor. He eventually became a four-star general. Long before Doolittle became a legend, the National Bureau of Standards, now the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Enabling electric vehicle stations integration and interoperability with the grid

NIST, SEPA Develop Interoperability Profile for Integrating Electric Vehicle Charging with Grid

VTTI tool map visualization shows driving conditions in a city and allows a comparison between two cities

VTTI, NIST Provide Tool for Quantifying Automated Driving Conditions

Operating Envelope Specification supports automated driving safety measurement, key to testing and public acceptance of automated vehicles

NIST Proposes Operating Envelope Specification Concept to Support Automated Driving Safety

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