October 27-30, 2020

9:00 am – 1:00 pm (MDT)

October 27-28: Plenary Sessions

October 29-30: Breakout Sessions (by invitation only)


Workshop Objectives

  • Identify high-value, cross-cutting research opportunities of interest to AMO/FE/NE related to TRL 3 – 6 materials challenges. Determine the research needed to overcome those challenges that prevent transition of the material into achieving improvements in energy efficiency, reduced emissions, and extension of the useful service life of process componentry employed under harsh service conditions.
  • Identify high-value, cross-cutting research opportunities of interest to AMO/FE/NE related to fabrication of functional parts/coatings from TRL 3 – 6 materials. Determine advanced manufacturing research and methodology improvements needed that lead to reduced embodied energy in functional parts and coatings, improves part and materials performance and operational service life, reduces emissions, and achieves reduction in lifecycle costs for componentry employed under harsh service conditions.
  • Identify gaps in knowledge and manufacturing capabilities associated with TRL 3 – 6 materials and/or advanced manufacturing techniques that prevent near-term (<5 years) commercial fabrication of natural gas turbine and rotary machinery capable of operating at temperatures 100 – 300 ˚C above existing machinery.
  • Identify material science data gaps and research needs that can lead to scalable, advanced manufacturing techniques that give rise to net-shaped parts and/or coatings whose physical properties and cost/value outperform conventionally produced parts.
  • Identify existing materials/advanced manufacturing R&D investments in the AMO/NE/FE portfolios and strategize how R&D investment opportunities can be pursued among the U.S. DOE and other Federal agencies.
  • Encourage discussion and networking among leaders in the field.
  • Identify opportunities, data gaps, and technical limitations preventing development of rapid qualification methodologies that reduce material/part certification time and cost.
  • Identify data gaps and research needs that enable improvements in modeling/simulation methodologies for materials during fabrication and during operation under harsh service conditions at relevant spatial and temporal scales.
  • Identify data gaps and research needs in fabrication process monitoring, control, and feedback that allows more efficient machine learning that translates to reduction in fabrication time, intensification of fabrication processes, and overall improvements in fabrication process efficiency.
  • Identify supply chain barriers and/or technology-to-market limitations that will hinder production at-scale and advancement of TRL 5 materials.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO), Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) and Office of Fossil Energy (FE) with participation from Idaho National Laboratory (INL), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), and Ames Laboratory..


The 2020 M4HSC Workshop will focus on TRL 3 – 6 materials to identify data gaps, R&D needs, technology challenges, and fabrication methodologies that enable practical commercial deployment of the material into a harsh service application.

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