Materials Properties Council

Materials Properties Council

About MPC

The Materials Properties Council (MPC) was established in 1966 in response to the growing need for valid data on the engineering properties of metals. Founded by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), American Society for Metals (ASM) International, ASTM International, and the Engineering Foundation, and supported by the industry, technical organizations, codes and standards developers, and government agencies the MPC has compiled a record of notable successes.

As one of the few organizations in the world dedicated to industrial cooperation on materials performance, MPC is recognized by, and receives support from, companies headquartered in Europe, Asia, South America, and the Middle East, as well as the United States and Canada.

  • To serve as an international leader, identifying major needs for reliable data on the engineering properties and performance of materials.
  • To consider, plan, and direct programs for collecting and evaluating data needed for design, life assessment, and fitness-for-service.
  • To make the resulting data and analyses available promptly via reports, publications, correspondence, or other means.
  • To keep informed of and to utilize the results of related activities, both national and international, in order to avoid duplication of effort.

MPC is dedicated to providing industry with the latest technology and the appropriate data on the properties of materials to help meet today's most advanced concepts in design and service, life assessment, fitness-for-service, reliability, and safety. Since 1966, MPC has responded to the needs of industry and the advances in technology. Its sound approach to problem solving and adherence to the principles of its founding mandate have never varied: MPC develops the technical basis, assembles expert talent, fully defines the problem at hand, sets goals, directs the required research, validates the results, and effectively disseminates its developments to industry and codes and standards organizations for implementation.


The structure of the MPC is streamlined to provide the expertise and fluidity needed to ensure the success of the programs that are conducted under its auspices. Task groups and ad hoc committees are organized to work on particular programs; these groups report through the appropriate subcommittees during the course of the programs and can be disbanded when projects are completed.

The MPC Committee members consist of distinguished engineers and scientists who represent all facets of the materials-producing, -fabricating, and -using organizations, and those from related fields, as required by a specific project. The expertise, time, and effort that they contribute are vital to the MPC. They:

  • Facilitate the gathering of existing data.
  • Assess what has already been done in the field to avoid duplication of effort.
  • Provide materials and samples.
  • Choose test facilities, analysts, or consultants on the basis of competitive bids.
  • Plan and monitor the programs conducted by the chosen contractors.
  • Evaluate the results in the light of their cumulative expertise.
  • Critique and approve all reports for dissemination.

MPC projects originate from requests made by the industry in general as well as issues raised by individual companies or codes and standards developers. MPC volunteer participants:

  • Define the scope of work.
  • Identify priorities.
  • Set goals.
  • Organize task groups or ad hoc committees.
  • Develop RFP's.
  • Contribute or raise funds to cover the costs of the particular programs.
  • Establish schedules.
  • Monitor and review the data collected.
  • Ensure that objectives are met.
  • Assist in the dissemination of results in a useful and unbiased manner whether in publications or at seminars or workshops.

The MPC's procedures reflect the vital concerns of the public sector who use MPC's data and results: safety, reliability and environmental actors. Accordingly, the recommendations that the MPC makes to the industry and codes and standards developers are reviewed rigorously before being released. WRC applies each recommendation ensure their validity.

Results and Returns

The MPC is supported by the industry, utilities, materials producers, fabricators, codes and standards developers, and related technical organizations. The support given to MPC by the industry is both technical and financial. Technical support normally consists of committee participation. Financial support can be general or assigned to specific projects:

  • General funds support operations such as ongoing data collection, routine property studies, developmental activities, symposia, and workshops.
  • Assigned funds support projects and testing programs of interest to a specific company or a group of companies or organizations. Sponsors (i.e., supporters of specific projects) have access to the work in progress on an ongoing basis.

The success that MPC has had in organizing collaborative research is due to the active participation of industry and research experts and the pooling of funds provided by many sources. This ensures that MPC can leverage talent, funds, and time to direct programs that are technologically at the cutting edge and economically sound.

By organizing and managing collaborative research and by leveraging funding, MPC has produced results that have been of mutual interest and benefit to a variety of users, leading to further studies that have resulted in even greater technological progress and savings.

The benefits realized by supporters of MPC include:

  • Direct access to the results and data generated by MPC programs, the latest technology, and the best data on material properties and performance.
  • The opportunity to participate in making decisions, defining the problems, and prioritizing the needs of today's technical community.
  • The opportunity to share expertise and experience.
  • The opportunity to control expenditures and realize maximum return on funds spent on research programs, data collection and analyses, and problem solving.

MPC welcomes and encourages the active participation of its sponsors and supporters in its activities and is pleased to provide those interested in supporting MPC with background information on its resources and programs either by correspondence or direct contact at the meetings.

The Future

The industry is faced with the challenge of understanding materials behavior to verify safety and reliability. MPC resources, capabilities in material screening, data collection, and data analysis, as well as its record of tackling some of the most perplexing issues in the evaluation of materials and equipment, are geared to taking onthis challenge.

A sampling of MPC study topics is as follows:

  • Damage propagation in steels in wet H2S service.
  • New methods to determine creep damage in elevated temperature service.
  • Modeling hydrogen attack.
  • On-line acoustic emission monitoring.
  • Simulation and prediction of service-induced weld failures in stream pipe materials.
  • Development of elevated temperature crack propagation equations for pressure vessel geometries.
  • Expansion of the creep data base for heater-tube materials.
  • Improved test and assessment methods for hydrogen-induced cracking.
  • Materials in high-pressure/high-temperature hydrogen service.

Responding to the technological needs of today and the next decade, MPC is currently conducting the following programs:

  • Elevated temperature life assessment (Project Omega).
  • Fitness-for-Service of aging process equipment.
  • Weld evaluation and repair of high-energy (Steam) Piping.
  • Hydrogen attack susceptibility and life assessment of steels in refineries and process plants.

MPC projects consider design, integrity, and NDE, as well as materials properties. Each project considers the variability of materials and the resulting uncertainty about performance.

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