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Transportation Portal - Overview

Transportation-related industries rely on the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for a wide range of assistance including more than 350 different reference materials used in manufacturing vehicles; tools for accurately measuring the performance of stronger, lightweight metals, composites, and polymers; development of standards and performance tests for alternative transportation energy sources; and continual improvement in methods for monitoring the safety and strength of roadways and rail lines.

Programs and Projects
Characterization of Porous Transport Media for Hydrogen Fuel Cells

Efficiently managing water transport in proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs) is critical to the performance, cost, and durability in order … more

Mechanical Performance - Extreme Conditions

This project provides property data, metrology, and standard test methods for materials systems under extreme conditions for areas critical to US … more

Energy Storage & Delivery

The goal of the project is to develop measurement methods to characterize the nanoscale structure and dynamics of polymer electrolyte membranes … more

Fundamentals of Deformation

This project provides new measurement methods, property data and simulations for areas critical to US manufacturing, describing the mechanisms … more

Hardness Standardization

Our objective is to standardize and improve hardness measurement both in the U.S. and internationally. NIST is the U.S. National Metrology … more

Evolution of Image Spatial Resolution

Measuring the through-plane water content in a hydrogen fuel cell is critical to understanding this complicated heat and mass transport … more

Thermal infrared transfer radiometer (TXR)

The NIST Thermal-infrared Transfer Radiometer (TXR) is used for measuring the radiance temperature in the thermal-infrared spectral region of … more

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