|Production Energy versus Cost for Engineering Materials (Click on Figure to Enlarge)|
Of course, the utility and employment of engineering materials is more complex. There are supply chains, production volumes, established performance codes and standards, and comfort levels with proven successes and limitations. There is also an underlying rule of thumb that says it takes about 15 years for new materials to come to market. But that shouldn't halt the discussion: the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Council (CMHC), for example, has demonstrated their interest in progressive design with new materials in projects like the Canuhome; and the CMHC has expressed to me personally an interest in further developing and showcasing new materials in practical applications.
I've outlined here one of the primary areas I hope to focus on with this blog. But there are others which can also be considered within the scope of designable material property spaces. It is my aim with this blog to focus on this theme within the framework of materials science and engineering, while also bringing to light some of the more interesting new materials and new spins on old ones.