Objective and Needs of the Conference were specified as follows:
assemble a truly international forum of scientists, researchers, technologists
and other interested parties in an esthetically pleasing, physically
invigorating and mentally stimulating environment for an in-depth
discussion of the scientific framework that governs the behavior of
hard metals and materials.
address the fundamental physical and chemical properties of hard materials
and their influence on the mechanical behavior and structure-property
relationships in hard metal composites.
emphasize the application of newer research tools and techniques such
as neutron diffraction, Auger spectroscopy, transmission electron
microscopy, finite-element methods and modeling and simulation to
increase the pace of understanding of the behavior of hard metals
asses constituent properties required developing cermets with improved
performance or substitutes for critical materials in short supply.
establish thermodynamic, physical and chemical fundamentals for the
production of hard materials, their properties and their behavior
These objectives are best reached by the International Conferencse on
the Science of Hard Materials where participants from industry, research
institutes, academic institutions and government agencies can come together
in a quiet and yet invigorating and stimulating environment for discussion
and exchange of information. Such discussions contribute significantly
to the development of scientific principles of general validity in this
class of materials, as well as provide guidelines for development of new,
alternate and less critical materials.