Current methods of materials development, relying mostly on experimental tests, are slow and expensive, often taking over a decade and costing many millions of dollars to develop and certify new materials for critical applications. Finding new approaches for materials development is essential. Moreover, it will be increasingly important for materials development to be integrated into overall product design and development. We discuss a program in which we are creating a framework to link multiscale materials information to do design across scales, based on an existing computational design platform, VE-Suite. We present the basic framework of our program and discuss progress to date. Since our goal is multiscale design, part of our efforts are focussed on creating new visualization tools and facilities to enhance the design process. We review progress in this area as well.
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