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Title: Progress made by the South African light metals development network
Authors: Damm, O
Du Preez, W
Keywords: Light metals development network
Metals industry
Titanium centre of competence
Aluminium technology
Titanium technology
Materials science forum
Materials science
Automotive industry
Aerospace industry
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Transtec Publications
Citation: Damm, O and Du Preez, W. 2009. Progress made by the South African Light Metals Development Network. Materials Science Forum, Vol. 618-619. pp 147-154
Abstract: Through focused investment by the CSIR, the South African Innovation Fund, the Automotive Industry Development Centre and the Department of Science and Technology over the past eight years, the national Light Metals Development Network has been established and grown into a well aligned collaborative research and development programme. The research and development focus has been primarily on aluminium and titanium technologies as applied in the automotive and aerospace industry sectors, with the latter growing in prominence over the past three years. Since 2009 the titanium-related research and development activities have been consolidated in a Titanium Centre of Competence. This paper provides an overview of the current status of the programme, the R&D focus areas, the collaborating entities and the industry involvement. IT also highlights some of the significant achievements of the network and notable outputs produced. The Titanium Centre of Competence as a vehicle for strengthening industrial research and innovation capabilities in specific fields of technology is discussed and some initial experiences are shared.
Description: Copyright: 2009 Transtec Publications. This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here by permission of Transtec Publications for your personal use. Not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in the journal, Materials Science Forum, Vol. 618-619, Pages: 147-154
URI: http://www.scientific.net/MSF.618-619/1
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