Thrust Area 3:
High Performance Structures and Materials

Thrust Area Leader: Prof. Kyung K. Choi,
TARDEC Leader: Dr. David Lamb,

In order to achieve significant advances in fuel efficiency and mobility for future vehicles, it is critical to deliver vehicle structures that do more with less: that is, structures that feature high durability and provide excellent occupant safety yet are lightweight. The goal of Thrust Area 3 is to develop advanced simulation and optimization methods that can be used during the early design stages of innovative vehicle concepts for reducing weight while also increasing reliability and survivability.