The 10th Placid Rodriguez Memorial Lecture
Materials for Future Defence Systems: Aeroengines , by Dr. Samir V. Kamat

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Dr. Samir V. Kamat focussed on materials technologies for military gas turbine aeroengine, which is one of the most complex and cutting-edge defence systems, powering all aircraft. This is also a system where advancement in materials has the most significant impact. He presented the three main fronts, along which the improvement and development of materials for aeroengine applications is developing:

  1. improving current material properties by refining composition/processing
  2. the application of current materials in new and novel structures
  3. the development of new materials

Dr. Kamat summarised his excellent talk by stressing the significance of Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME) in converting material capabilities to delivery of hardware for military aeroengines as well as other defence systems.

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