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Element Materials Technology Completes Acquisition of DNV GL’s German Material Testing Laboratories
Materials Testing Laboratory : 06 November, 2016
Element Materials Technology has completed the acquisition of DNV GL’s German materials testing laboratories, further strengthening its European materials testing presence. In September 2016, Element announced that it had entered into a binding agreement with DNV GL subject to obtaining German regulatory approvals which have now been secured.
 
Boron nitride nanosheet exhibits super-absorbent properties
University : 04 January, 2016
In the hope of limiting the disastrous environmental effects of massive oil spills, materials scientists from Drexel University and Deakin University, in Australia, have teamed up to manufacture and test a new material, called a boron nitride nanosheet, that can absorb up to 33 times its weight in oils and organic solvents–a trait that could make it an important technology for quickly mitigating these costly accidents.
 
UK Steel issues safety warning on Chinese imports
Association : 11 March, 2015
UK Steel, the trade body for the UK steel industry, has issued a safety warning about the use of Chinese steel.
 
British steelmakers urge EU action on dumping of imports
Association : 04 February, 2015
Steelmakers in Britain are urging the European Commission to act on the dumping of cheap steel into EU markets on the back of data showing the recovery of the sector in the UK stuttered in 2014.
 
Imaging technology to design and build greener and safer aircraft
University : 04 February, 2015
The University of Southampton is helping to develop new imaging technology to be used in the design, manufacture and maintenance for current and future generations of carbon composite aircraft. Led by QinetiQ, the UK consortium of the University of Southampton and University College London (UCL) and four companies in ProjectCAN brings together world leaders from academia, the aerospace industry and X-ray inspection equipment manufacture.
 
Inkjet printer uses standard industrial paints, could revolutionise manufacturing of cars, planes and appliances
Contract Research Organisation : 28 December, 2014
UK-based research and development company TTP, has come up with an innovative new digital inkjet technology that is capable of printing with standard industrial paints. The TTP patented printhead design overcomes the limitations of existing inkjet printing processes, restricted by ink formulations and the use of closed chambers and narrow channels.
 
Functional Materials get UK research financial boost
National Laboratory : 28 December, 2014
Ten new research projects that will advance UK manufacturing capability, develop new and exciting functional materials, and accelerate the translation of the science of functional materials through to application were announced today by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), valued in total at £20 million.
 
Hand-held laminating tool - the dibber - for layup of advanced composite components
University : 28 December, 2014
A PhD student from the University of Bristol has designed and developed a hand-held laminating tool, known as the dibber, for use in the layup of advanced composite components. The manual tool could be used by laminators to manufacture composite materials in industries such as aerospace, car and transport.
 
Distinguished engineer appointed to drive Ulster University composites research capability
Association : 11 November, 2014
One of the UK’s most influential and respected engineers has been appointed by Ulster University to further enhance the institution’s global research capability in the highly competitive area of composites and aerospace materials. Professor Eileen Harkin-Jones, has joined the university as its newly created Bombardier-Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair.
 
Limestone Calcined Clay Cement (LC3) to cut CO2 emissions by up to 30%
Research Institute : 20 September, 2014
A new type of cement is currently being tested on a large scale in India. Known as LC3, this new blend substitutes up to half of the carbon intensive materials traditionally used to make cement with highly abundant clays.
 
Star of David molecule made of interlocking rings
University : 20 September, 2014
Scientists at The University of Manchester have generated a new star-shaped molecule made up of interlocking rings, which is the most complex of its kind ever created, known as a ′Star of David’ molecule. This next step on the road to man-made molecular chainmail could lead to the development of new materials which are light, flexible and very strong: just as chainmail was a breakthrough over heavy suits of armour in medieval times, this could be a big step towards materials created using nanotechnology.
 
Thermoplastic hydrogen storage vessels for fuel cell vehicles
Materials Testing Laboratory : 08 September, 2014
Element Materials Technology is undertaking a major research project from its Hitchin (formerly MERL) UK laboratory on thermoplastic high-pressure hydrogen storage vessels for fuel cell vehicles. The HOST (Hydrogen-Optimization of Storage and Transfer) project is part-funded by the UK Technology Strategy Board (UK TSB) and awarded to a consortium of industry experts for developing hydrogen barrier thermoplastics. Element’s involvement with the HOST project, which has a total project budget of £1million, will last two years.
 
Laboratory expands oil and gas testing capability
Materials Testing Laboratory : 03 July, 2014
The oil and gas testing facility operated by Element Materials Technology in Hitchin, UK, is set to complete a significant expansion and improvement project in order to consolidate operations, increase efficiency, and expand capacity. Hitchin works with clients in the Aerospace, Oil & Gas (O&G) and Automotive sectors, specializing in the testing and evaluation of elastomers, thermoplastics, and composites.
 
Conflict minerals - moving beyond compliance
National Laboratory : 03 July, 2014
Certain minerals originating in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and adjoining countries have been a major source of international concern. Armed groups in the region are accused of severe human rights abuses and of using proceeds from the sales of these minerals to fuel regional conflicts. A broad range of public, private, and civil society groups have been working to bring light to this issue and, in recent years, legislation has been passed to address this problem. Bureau Veritas, in partnership with Estelle Levin Ltd. (ELL), offers public training to issuer and non-issuer manufacturers, suppliers, and vendors to educate them on conflict minerals regulations and to present the solutions available to address their challenges and build capacity for action.
 
Climate Center: new refrigeration tube guidance set to unify UK with EU
Association : 16 June, 2014
Revised guidance on the selection of copper tube and fittings for use in refrigeration and air conditioning systems has been agreed by two leading industry bodies. The Institute of Refrigeration and British Refrigeration Association have collaborated on the important update, following a proposed change in the European Standard EN14276.
 
Outstanding Young Investigator Award for work on solar cells
Professional Society : 21 May, 2014
The Materials Research Society’s (MRS) Outstanding Young Investigator Award recognizes outstanding, interdisciplinary scientific work in materials research by a young scientist or engineer who shows exceptional promise as a developing leader in the materials area. This year's award was presented to Henry Snaith, a professor of physics at Oxford University, for "innovation and development of solid state dye-sensitized solar cells and for his groundbreaking work in perovskite hybrid solar cells." Snaith was recognized on April 23 during the Awards Ceremony at the 2014 MRS Spring Meeting held in San Francisco.
 
Folding scooter and a guitar stand scoop aluminium awards
Association : 21 May, 2014
A scooter that folds into a square the size of a piece of A4 paper and a guitar stand which incorporates an amplifier have scooped the top prizes in a national aluminium design competition. The two concepts were created by students at London South Bank University in ALFED’s Power of Aluminium Awards.
 
Radiation tolerant "cleaning" alga requisitioned to clean up effluent
Association : 22 April, 2014
A radiation tolerant alga capable of living in extreme conditions may soon be used to help clean-up effluent and wastewater produced by nuclear facilities.
 
Groundbreaking research into continuous manufacture of composite pipelines
Materials Testing Laboratory : 22 April, 2014
Element Hitchin (UK) has successfully completed a groundbreaking proof-of-concept research project to design and build equipment for the continuous quality control and repairing of reinforced thermoplastic pipes during the manufacturing process. This represents a first of its kind capability for the Oil & Gas sector.
 
Steel association calls for industry-wide safety audit
Association : 15 April, 2014
On the occasion of the Steel Safety Day (28 April), the World Steel Association (Worldsteel) is calling for an industry-wide safety audit across the steel industry. World Safety Day is held by the International Labour Organisation and aims to engage the entire steel industry as well as all related organisations with a cross section of employees and service providers, involving as many as four million people worldwide.
 
Geometry of colloidal crystals can be altered in real time
University : 15 April, 2014
Using an acoustic metadevice that can influence the acoustic space and can control any of the ways in which waves travel, engineers have demonstrated that it is possible to dynamically alter the geometry of a three-dimensional colloidal crystal in real time.
 
Plans to recycle rare earth metals using high temperature electrolysis
Contract Research Organisation : 23 February, 2014
Rare earth metals are important components in green energy products such as wind turbines and eco-cars. But the scarcity of these metals is worrying the EU. Among the technologies being investigated is high temperature electrolysis.
 
Four innovations areas for sustainable aviation include composites NDI
Association : 14 February, 2014
The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) will share its latest R&D initiatives for sustainable aviation at the Singapore Airshow 2014 at Changi Exhibition Centre, Booth D35 from 11-16 February. The innovations on display will focus on four key areas: aviation remanufacturing technology; analytics; aviation communications; and non-destructive Inspection (NDI) for composites and structures.
 
Safer and more sustainable materials for manufacturing
Research Funding : 14 February, 2014
Manufacturing industries rely on a supply of raw materials; increasingly these are rare, expensive, difficult to source, and subject to regulation. A £10.3 million grant, awarded to researchers today by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) will be used to find safer, more sustainable alternatives. The energy, automotive, aerospace, and construction industries, amongst others, will benefit from this investment.
 
Association's industry affiliate scheme relaunches, following extensive restructure
Professional Society : 11 February, 2014
The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining’s (IOM3) Industry Affiliate Scheme was established in 1996 and aims to develop partnerships with organisations working in the materials sector.
 
Japan-Switzerland announce publishing collaboration on open-access, advanced materials journal
Contract Research Organisation : 31 January, 2014
Japan's National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) and the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa) have signed a 5-year collaborative agreement to co-publish the open access journal Science and Technology of Advanced Materials (STAM).
 
Materials stewardship toolkit for mineral and metal production managers
Association : 31 January, 2014
ICMM’s latest toolkit is an online resource that provides tools and industry-specific case studies of materials stewardship in practice. It is aimed at managers with corporate or operational responsibilities related to the production of minerals and metals.
 
Self-healing aerospace composites to be tested in EUR3.7 million research project
Materials Testing Laboratory : 27 January, 2014
Element Hitchin UK has been chosen as a materials testing partner in Hipocrates, a three-year Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) research project worth over EUR3.7 million that is designed to develop state-of-the-art self-repairing composite materials for the aerospace industry. Preliminary work has already started on the venture, to be concluded by November 2016. The pan-European endeavour is being part-funded by the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme, which is contributing EUR2,774,148 to the project.
 
Aluminium investment held back by energy tariffs, industry leaders warn
Association : 18 January, 2014
Investment in Britain’s aluminium sector is being held back by the high cost of energy in the country. This was one of the messages delivered to Business and Energy Minister Michael Fallon at a meeting with aluminium industry leaders.
 
Technology advances needed to keep helium supply afloat
Professional Society : 17 January, 2014
Fears that the world is about to run out of helium are subsiding, but major technological advances are needed to ensure the long-term supply of this valuable, but elusive element, according to the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE).
 
Ultra-light heat exchangers take the heat out of space flight
Space Technology : 10 January, 2014
Breakthrough heat exchange technology is the driving force behind a new generation of engines with the ability to operate in space and the earth’s atmosphere. Chemical engineers can find out more about the SABRE engine from Dr Robert Bond, corporate programmes director at Reaction Engines, at a special event hosted by the Institution of Chemical Engineer’s (IChemE) Thames Valley Members Group on 23 January 2014 in Reading, UK.
 
World steel output falls, declining output in China
Market Research and Forecasting : 10 January, 2014
China's coordinated effort to contain the expansion of raw steel production has coincided with declining steel output worldwide. Raw steel production declined 5.6% during November, falling to 127,364 million tonnes from the revised October total. At the same time, the latest month’s result is up 3.6% from the November 2012 production total.
 
Recycled plastic proves effective in killing drug-resistant fungi
Contract Research Organisation : 17 December, 2013
Researchers at Singapore's Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) and California's IBM Research - Almaden (IBM) have discovered a new, potentially life-saving application for polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which is widely used to make plastic bottles.
 
Hot, humid Nigeria reverts to cotton-paper banknotes
National Banks : 02 December, 2013
Nigeria is to revert to paper banknotes, the country's central bank has announced, in a policy switch bucking a growing trend around the world for tougher polymer-based currency. Nigeria, whose economy is predominantly cash-based, is looking to increase people's use of electronic payment methods such as credit cards, online trading and introducing cashpoint machines in a bid to try to reduce the amount individuals carry around at any one time.
 
Gas turbine laboratory boosts research into more efficient and cleaner gas turbines
University : 24 November, 2013
The highly adaptable gas turbine engine is one of the most frequently utilised sources of power in the modern age. Derivatives exist in applications ranging from the generation of electric power and jet propulsion to the supply of compressed air and heat. A new research facility at the University of Bath has helped researchers secure funding to develop more efficient and cleaner gas turbines.
 
University Research Chair underpins composite aircraft developments
University : 10 November, 2013
A leading aerospace composites researcher from the University of Bath has been awarded a Research Chair by the Royal Academy of Engineering and GKN Aerospace to carry out work that will have a significant impact on the design and manufacture of composite structures for future aircraft.
 
Senior scientists discuss composite testing harmonisation and damage tolerance at SAMPE Conference
Materials Testing Laboratory : 10 November, 2013
Two of Element Materials Technology's Engaged Experts were invited to share their expertise at a conference organised by the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE). The senior scientists, Drs Rod Martin and Stefanos Giannis, were asked to provide guidance in a discussion on industry standards and to present innovative research findings to academics and fellow professionals.
 
Foundation work begins on Oil and Gas Materials Technology Centre
Materials Testing Laboratory : 25 October, 2013
Construction work has begun on Element Material Technology's new Oil & Gas Materials Technology Center, located on a 5.3 acre campus adjacent to the Houston energy corridor. Drainage systems and framing work for foundation stones were laid this week following issuing of the necessary permits from the city of Houston.
 
Nanowires in organic photovoltaic improve efficiency, control processing
: 25 October, 2013
Photovoltaic devices, which tap the power of the sun and convert it to electricity, offer a green and potentially unlimited alternative to fossil fuel use. So why haven't solar technologies been more widely adopted?
 
British Lung Foundation targets trades people with asbestos awareness campaign
Association : 19 September, 2013
The British Lung Foundation (BLF) is launching ′Take 5 and Stay Alive’, a major campaign designed to raise awareness about the dangers of asbestos amongst tradespeople.
 
Worldwide ban on HBCD flame retardant decreed at UN Conference
National Laboratory : 16 September, 2013
That the flame retardant HBCD may no longer be produced or used was decided by representatives from over 160 countries in late May at a UN conference on chemicals in Geneva. Empa's extensive research on HBCD, formerly used as a flame retardant for plastics, electronics and textiles, and especially for insulation panels in buildings, contributed to the new regulation of HBCD under the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs).
 
Aerospace industrial strategy - UK competition announced for collaborative R&D funding
Research Funding : 29 August, 2013
Government and industry published in March 2013 a joint Aerospace Industrial Strategy (AIS)*, which included the commitment to create an Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI). As part of the ATI’s programme, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is to invest, through the Technology Strategy Board, up to £25m in collaborative research and development projects for proposals that support the delivery of the priorities set out in the strategy.
 
Polymer nanocrystal created from polyethylene (PE) holds promise in coatings
University : 29 August, 2013
German researchers have successfully created a polymer nanocrystal from PE. The scientists from universities in Constance, Bayreuth, and Berlin, used a new type of catalyst to synthesize the nanocrystal as well as a combination of analytic tools offered by the Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin research centre. The crystalline nanostructure gives the polymer new properties which could be of interest for producing new types of coatings.
 
Asia-Pacific to drive growth in the non-destructive testing equipment market
Market Research and Forecasting : 27 August, 2013
The non-destructive testing equipment market is forecast to reach a value of US$1.9 billion by 2018, driven by technological developments, stringent product usage specifications and strong government safety regulations.
 
Polymer shrinks when it gets too hot
University : 27 August, 2013
Researchers in China have designed a smart polymer supercapacitor that reversibly shuts down when it gets too hot. Below its lower critical solution temperature of 32C, the polymer exists in a hydrophilic configuration and takes on water, which allows charge transport. Above 32C, however, the polymer shrinks and becomes hydrophobic, inhibiting charge transfer.
 
Super-slippery "structured liquid" coating gets ALL the ketchup out of the bottle
University : 15 August, 2013
LiquiGlide is a revolutionary super-slippery coating platform that allows cosmetic products like shampoo, conditioner, and lotion and thick sauces and condiments like mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, jelly, and even honey to slide easily out of their bottles. What may seem like a trivial application is actually a $100+ billion industry worldwide. Other applications are foreseen in energy, desalination, transportation and manufacturing.
 
Micro-machines for the human body
University : 12 August, 2013
A team of researchers at Tel Aviv University has found a way to print biocompatible components for micro-machines, making them ideal for use in medical devices, like bionic arms.
 
Polymer foam market: global trends and forecasts
Market Research and Forecasting : 12 August, 2013
Research and Markets has announced the report "Polymer Foam Market by Types, Applications & Geography - Global Trends & Forecasts to 2018".
 
Soft robotic devices using water-based gels
University : 12 August, 2013
Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a new technique for creating devices out of a water-based hydrogel material that can be patterned, folded and used to manipulate objects. The technique holds promise for use in "soft robotics’ and biomedical applications.
 
Hierarchical porous polymer film synthesis controls pore sizes
University : 12 August, 2013
Forming perfect porous polymer films is not enough; they need both large and small pores, and the process of making them needs to be simple, versatile and repeatable. Creatively combining already established techniques, Cornell materials researchers have devised a so-called hierarchical porous polymer film synthesis method that may help make these materials useful for applications ranging from catalysis to bioengineering.
 
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