Future Research in Refractories: A Roadmap Approach
1 Technische Universität Ilmenau, Faculty of Economic Siences and Media, Department of Marketing, 98693 Ilmenau/Germany
2 Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg, Institute of Ceramics, Glass and Construction Materials, 09599 Freiberg/Germany
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Science and technology roadmaps are valuable instruments for strategic planning in research. Especially for interdisciplinary fields such as materials science and technology, roadmaps are promising instruments for identifying relevant research themes and interfaces between different disciplines and actors. Against this background, this paper aims at developing a roadmap for refractory research in order to strategically promote the field, to initiate ground breaking research endeavors and valuable collaborations and to advance fundamental and applied refractory research. To this end, the study employs an extensive review of existing roadmaps, strategic papers, reports, and presentations in the fields of materials science and engineering, cer amics, glass, metals, metallurgy, and refractory applications. Furthermore, indepth interviews with national and international experts from academia, industry and professional associations provide judgments about future research trends and estimates about their time of occurrence. The study identifies four main future research areas, including novel materials compositions as enablers for improved or extended materials properties, new approaches for materials prepar ation, forming and processing technologies. Moreover, modeling and forecasting of materials proper ties and performance are identified as important fields for future research.
roadmap, strategic planning,refractories, materials synthesis, preparation, processing, testing, modeling
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