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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 develop the measurement methodology, standards and analysis necessary for the US auto industry and base metal suppliers to transition from a

Xray 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)
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

Red fire extinguisher is attached to pipes and hoses inside a vehicle.

NIST Tool Will Help Military Vehicles Fight Fires Using Less Harmful Chemicals

Alloy mapping shows areas in red, blue, and and other colors.

Spotlight: Unique Alloy for the Automotive Industry

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