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Nigerian Capacity for the Development of Advanced Engineering Materials

Inegbenebor, A.O. and Babalola, P.O. (2009) Nigerian Capacity for the Development of Advanced Engineering Materials. In: RMRDC Techno-Expo'09 A Tecnology and Innovation Fair.

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This paper try to address the Nigeria capacity to develop advanced engineering materials in the line of availability of raw materials, human resources, infrastructure and appropriate technology. In conclusion, after dwelling on these topics, it was found out that Nigeria has the capacity to start to produce advanced engineering materials for national development. 1.0 Introduction Nigeria as a nation is blessed with abundant of human and mineral resources. With our population over 140 million (1), and about 100 universities and many other tertiary institutions in the country, our ability to develop Advanced Engineering materials should not arise at all. The question that should come to mind is, whether the country is ready to venture into the world of advanced engineering material? This is the answer this paper will try to address in the modest way by outline our capacity as a nation to develop Advanced Engineering materials. Then what is advanced Engineering Materials? They are either traditional materials whose properties have been enhanced or they are newly developed, high-performance materials and may cut across wide spectrum; metal, ceramics, glass, and polymers. These advanced engineering materials are used in high technology. Such materials can stand up to the high-temperature, highly radioactive environment of a nuclear reactor, the appropriate wear and equipment for the astronauts, heat-resistant ceramic tiles to enable the space shuttle to re-enter the earth’s atmosphere without burning up, and semi conductors and multi-million chips for sophisticated computer circuits and telecommunications equipment are examples of such materials. Without them, some of the greatest achievements we are witnessing in the developed world today would not have been possible. The development has been possible through the use of advanced engineering materials in form of composites, superconductivities, super alloys, polymers, ceramics, optic fibres, and semi conductors have revolutionized the developmental process in the world. These

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Engineering Sciences
Depositing User: Mrs Patricia Nwokealisi
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2014 09:38
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2014 09:38

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