Publications of Interest
USACA has contributed to the production of four landmark advanced ceramic industry publications in the past five years, with the support of the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Industrial Technologies:
Advanced Ceramics Technology Roadmap - Charting Our Course
- Also available from USACA in hard copy - see our contact information
- The document sets forth the research, development and demonstrations needed for improving advanced ceramics. Achievement of the RD&D will significantly improve energy efficiency and productivity in many industries and sectors and help them reach their performance targets for 2020.
Distributed Generation Sourcebook: 2004 Edition
- This Sourcebook is intended to serve both as a learning tool and a
handbook, and provides a detailed look at the different types of DG
applications and technologies, the DG marketplace, interconnection issues,
successful installations, barriers to implementation, the baseline of
currently installed DG, and an estimate of the future market potential for
DG. The Sourcebook also includes a glossary and a directory of DG
Updated for 2004, this edition features new chapters, case studies and
more. Examples of some changes to the Sourcebook include a new chapter
showing details on the installed base of DG, a new chapter showing
estimates of the future market potential for DG, and an updated
technologies chapter where steam turbines, combined cycle turbines, and
Stirling engines have been added.
Composite Materials Handbook-17
- The Composite Materials Handbook-17 Ceramic Matrix Composite (CMC) committee held a 2-day working conference in Norwalk, CA May 19-20, 2004. The Mil-17 CMC handbook will be the primary and authoritative source for design methodology and statistically-based property and performance data of current and emerging ceramic matrix composites.
The purpose of the May 2004 meeting was to review the progress in the CMC Handbook, develop near-term action items, and update the community on CMC technology. The Goodrich Corporation High Temperature Composites Division in Santa Fe Springs was the corporate sponsor of the meeting and gave a tour of their CMC production facility before the meeting for the thirty participants from industry, government, and academia.
The meeting was organized into two sections. In the technology section, three speakers (Bob DiChiara from the Boeing Company, Paul Matheny from Florida Turbine Technology, and Wayne Steffier from Hypertherm High Temperature Composites) provided detailed reviews of design and testing issues for CMCs in spacecraft applications and land-based turbines. In the working group sections, representatives from engine companies, CMC producers, engineering design shops, government agencies, and academia reviewed progress in the four sections of the CMC handbook (design & analysis, testing, material property data, and materials/processing). A detailed list of action items were developed in technical writing and review, data organization and collection, resource development, and publicity. Planning began for the next Mil 17 CMC meeting to be held on the West Coast in February 2005.
For further information on the Composite Materials Handbook-17 CMC objectives, plans, status, and membership, check the Composite Materials Handbook-17 Web site at
Or you can contact Steve Gonczy, Gateway Materials Technology (Gatewaymt@aol.com
Source: Stephen T. Gonczy,
Materials and Processing Working Group Chair, Mil-17 CMC
Gateway Materials Technology, Mt. Prospect, IL 60056
Applications for Advanced Ceramics in Aluminum Production:
Needs and Opportunities (Adobe PDF).
- Also available from USACA in hard copy.
- The document is based on the results of the Advanced Ceramics in Aluminum Production workshop. The Workshop was a joint effort between The Aluminum Association and USACA to identify the most critical materials needs in aluminum production, potential advanced ceramics opportunities to meet those needs, and R&D required to take advantage of those opportunities. The document reflects the collective insights of senior executives and technical experts from the advanced ceramics and aluminum industries and represents an important step for forming a meaningful relationship between the advanced ceramics and aluminum industries to address critical material needs.