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Acoustic Insulation
Expanded portfolio of foamable polymers
SABIC regards polymer foam technologies as essential to meet growing needs for improvements in sustainability and efficiencies along global production and supply chains. They offer material and energy savings while retaining or even improving product performance; and they offer benefits in thermal a
Boron nitride nanosheet exhibits super-absorbent properties
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 o
Acoustic technique reveals structural information in nanoscale materials
Understanding where and how phase transitions occur is critical to developing new generations of the materials used in high-performance batteries, sensors, energy-harvesting devices, medical diagnostic equipment and other applications. But until now there was no good way to study and simultaneously
Open cell versus closed cell polyurethane foam: is there a difference?
The application of closed cell polyurethane foams for building insulation has been around for over 30 years, but recently the availability of an open cell option has come onto the market. Architects, specifiers and building consultants may well be confused as to the merits of these different systems
Composites for next generation combustion engines?
By the year 2020 the first cylinder housings manufactured from polymer composite materials will be introduced into passenger car and motorcycle engines, replacing the aluminium components currently in use, predicts SBHPP High Performance Plastics, a business unit of Sumitomo Bakelite.
Potting compounds for protecting electronic circuits
Potting compounds offer protection for electronic circuits. Master Bond has published a white paper covering the properties of the various options available.
Imaging technique can detect acoustically invisible cracks
The next generation of aircraft could be thinner and lighter, thanks to the development of a new imaging technique that could detect damage previously invisible to acoustic imaging systems.
Laboratory expands oil and gas testing capability
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
Adhesives spread innovation across Europe’s railways
Laurent Pourcheron, Marketing Manager for Adhesives at Huntsman Advanced Materials, reviews the adhesive technologies which are enabling the production of sustainable developments, helping manufacturers in the sector achieve competitive edge and secure long-term growth.
Annual R&D Review: Nanotechnology - balancing risks with great opportunities
Andy Pye flew into Frankfurt - just! - to cover the annual BASF R&D Press Conference in Ludwigshafen, which focuses this year on nanotechnology.
Geometry of colloidal crystals can be altered in real time
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.
Foamed In-Situ Thermoformable Sandwich (FITS) panels cut weight and cost for aircraft and high-speed train interiors
At JEC Europe 2014 in Paris, SMTC introduced Dynatech, a thermoplastic sandwich panel system, suitable for mass-production, principally targeting aircraft, although also high-speed train interiors. These applications require light weight in combination with damage tolerance and specified fire, smoke
Foamed polypropylene grade with reduced bead size moulds thinner structures with smoother surfaces
ARPRO 5635 now enables applications to integrate very thin sections and smoother surfaces to create more complex components with improved aesthetics.
Ultra-short pulsed laser deposition (USPLD) developed to enable microstructural control
Finnish thin film coating specialist Picodeon has developed its ultra-short pulsed laser deposition (USPLD) surface coating technology to be able to create either porous or dense aluminium oxide (Al2O3) coatings on heat-sensitive substrates for use in a wide range of industrial metallisation applica
Space adhesives - low outgassing epoxy survives cryogenic shock
Master Bond has introduced a new two component epoxy adhesive/sealant for cryogenic applications. Called EP29LPSP, this compound is able to withstand temperatures as low as 4K. Additionally, it is able to resist cryogenic shocks (room temperature down to liquid helium temperatures in a 5-10 minute t
North American urethane confex to showcase sustainability
The sustainable use of polyurethanes and the latest developments in sustainable raw materials for the global polyurethane industry will take centre stage at the UTECH North America conference and exhibition taking place 4-5 June 2014 at Charlotte Convention Center, North Carolina, USA.
Effective thermal insulation with wood foam
Insulation materials of tomorrow must be both efficient and environmentally friendly. Fraunhofer scientists are developing insulation foam made from wood that could replace petrochemical plastics in the long term.
Aerogel in insulation - impact, and the future
Recent years have seen some truly staggering advances into material development and use that promises to change the landscape of how we implement and use technology in a number of fields and applications. Melissa Coates reviews the development of aerogels in insulation.
Safer and more sustainable materials for manufacturing
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, m
3D composites fabrics for storage tanks and ships
3D Fiberglass Fabric is a newly developed fibreglass-braided fabric consisting of two bi-directional woven fabrics knitted together by vertical braided pillars.
Non-drip, one component silicone offers high temperature resistance, thermal conductivity and electrical isolation
Placing emphasis on convenient handling, Master Bond MasterSil 705TC features a paste consistency that does not require mixing. This single component system sets up in 7 minutes and has a non-corrosive cure at room temperature when exposed to atmospheric humidity.
Packed conference programme for polyurethanes industry
The UTECH North America event has announced details of its packed two-day conference programme, taking place 4-5 June 2014 at Charlotte Convention Center, North Carolina, USA. Featuring 46 detailed technical papers delivered in a total of eight sessions, the conference will cover the latest developm
Diverter dampers converted from mineral wool to high temperature insulation wool
When Esscano Power A/S wanted to improve its diverter damper insulation from mineral wool (rock wool) material, the company examined all the available alternatives, ultimately locating numerous online references to high-temperature insulation wool from Morgan Advanced Materials.
Steel ingots kept cool in transit with long fibre thermal insulation
Morgan Advanced Materials’ technical prowess and inventiveness were put to the test when Nugteren Transport BV, a Dutch company involved in the transfer of large loads and units, needed to design a safe and effective method of transportation for hot steel ingots that ensured the ingots would lose mi
Stave-shaped ceramic components developed for defence and commercial sonar sectors
Sonar systems utilised by many of the world’s navies contain ceramic materials, where high acoustic transmission properties are required in low frequency environments. Morgan Advanced Materials announces the launch of its improved range of stave-shaped ceramic components for the defence and commerci
Plasterboard thermal laminates have improved U-values
The UK manufacturer of PIR insulation Celotex has launched two new high performing PIR plasterboard thermal laminates, Celotex GD5000 and Celotex GS5000.
Worldwide ban on HBCD flame retardant decreed at UN Conference
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
Tough aramid produces light components and systems
Alchemie, along with the AuTx co-development partner and world leading specialist yarns producer Kamenskvolokno JSC, is demonstrating at DSEI how AuTx can be used to achieve significant weight savings in a huge range of aerospace, land and marine equipment. Through the use of AuTx the weight of a hu
Interlaced Elastomer Networks basis of structural adhesive range
Aderis is launching what it claims to be the first line of hybrid structural adhesives, called INES (for INterlaced Elastomer NetworkS). The new adhesives offer high structural and damping performance, the first time that a structural adhesive combines elongation, low modulus and high mechanical per
Flame retardant epoxy for potting and casting is room temperature curing
EP21FRNS-2 is a two-component, flame-resistant, epoxy System for potting, encapsulating and casting. It features a non-halogen filler and produces very low smoke levels, meeting the UL94V-0 flame retardant specification. Wide applicability is expected in the computer, aerospace and related industrie
Kiln linings - seeking higher energy efficiency than calcium silicate
Tests carried out by Morgan Advanced Materials, a leading manufacturer of engineered products for a range of thermal insulation applications, have revealed the company’s latest Superwool Plus Blok insulation offers significant performance advantages over calcium silicate in the area of thermal insul
Light harvesting from random nanowire mats important for next generation optoelectronics
Physicists from the University of Southampton have demonstrated that transport of light in random nanowire mats is strongly correlated and governed by mesoscopic interference contributions. The very strong, collective multiple scattering and mesoscopic (between macroscopic objects and the microscopi
Dimensionally stable UV curable system with high glass transition temperature
Suitable for high production applications, Master Bond UV25 offers fast fixture times, rapid curing and high temperature resistance. This multifunctional one component UV curable system was developed for bonding, sealing, coating and encapsulation applications. It is widely used in aerospace, fibre-
Two ranges of finished sandwich panels combine core and skin
Nidaplast Composites has launched two new ranges of sandwich panels. The Nidalite and Nidaskin sandwich panels, made of a honeycomb core and a skin, are light in weight, provide sound and heat insulation, and are highly corrosion resistant. Until now, Nidaplast has only made the structure, the core.
Passive fire protection technologies protect against hydrocarbon pool and jet fires
As it looks to grow its presence in Europe, Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings showcased the latest extension to its Firetex M90 series of passive fire protection (PFP) coating technologies at FeuerTrutz.
High purity magnesium oxide blocks for petrochem insulation
Morgan Technical Ceramics, which specialises in the design and manufacture of high purity magnesium oxide blocks for use in the petrochemical sector, has re-emphasised the importance of specifying materials that deliver a consistently high level of insulation performance.
Guide to material selection for rolling bearings
By offering a wide choice of materials and heat treatments for rolling bearings, performance and operating life can be optimised, even for the most demanding industrial applications, says Dr Steve Lacey, Engineering Manager at Schaeffler UK.
Biomimetic fibres mimic pine cones in responce to humidity
Humidity-responsive adaptive textiles respond to levels of humidity in the micro-climate, so that breathability improves as the material begins to saturate.
Bolton surface coatings company changes name following takeover
Specialist industrial coatings supplier, Leighs Paints is now trading as Sherwin-Williams Protective and Marine Coatings. Now part of The Sherwin-Williams Company’s Global Finishes Group, Sherwin-Williams Protective and Marine Coatings will continue to manufacture the Fireterx range of passive fire
Extrudable sound absorbers extend reach into hygiene-sensitive areas
Noise abatement is growing in importance, thus, the demand for better acoustic building components. Scientists are developing aesthetically attractive and flexibly applicable microperforated sound absorbers.
Flexible composite heatshield coating combines reflection and conduction
Engineers who previously have had to rely on multiple products to protect composites and heat-sensitive parts from different forms of heat damage can now specify a single coating or heatshield, thanks to its unique combination of ceramic and gold.
Lightweight insulation material protects oilfield living quarters against fire
FireMaster Marine Plus blanket, the new light-weight fire protection material from Morgan Thermal Ceramics, has been selected by contractors Apply Leirvik for use on the Living Quarters (LQ) module for the development of Statoil’s Gudrun field in Norway.
Houston soccer stadium using polycarbonate sheet
When Houston's new BBVA Compass Stadium opened this year, Houston Dynamo fans were welcomed with a brilliant display of the soccer team's distinctive orange brand featured on enclosed entrances with a vibrant shade of Lexan Thermoclick sheet from Sabic’s Innovative Plastics business.
Mushroom roots digest and bind agricultural waste to form polystyrene foam substitute
There is increasing and widespread interest in biodegradable alternatives to petroleum-based plastics. One recent development in this area is a material called EcoCradle. Developed by Ecovative Design LLC, the material replaces synthetic, petroleum-based foams such as expanded polypropylene (EPP), e
Breakthrough PZT discs developed specifically for defence and commercial sonar
Morgan Technical Ceramics has announced the launch of its new range of large piezoelectric (PZT) ceramic discs developed specifically for the defence and commercial sonar markets, thanks to a major breakthrough at the company’s manufacturing facility in Ruabon, North Wales.
Rebuild dramatically grapples with PZT corrosion problem and improves kiln efficiency
Morgan Technical Ceramics has seen significant improvements in the operation of four of its sinter fire kilns in Southanpton, England, following a rebuild using involving high temperature insulation, supplied by sister company Morgan Thermal Ceramics. The rebuild project has resulted in dramatically
LED-curable one-part system offers exceptionally fast cure speeds for heat-sensitive substrates
Master Bond LED401 is a breakthrough system based on LED technology. This adhesive, sealant, coating and encapsulant cures tack-free upon exposure to a 405 nm wavelength light source, without any oxygen inhibition. Optically clear, it is also safer and easier to handle than similar UV systems as LED
Lightweight concrete in sandwich panels for designer furniture
Nidaplast Composites is supplying honeycomb structural panels that allow the use of concrete without the usual weight constraints, making it possible to combine traditional heavy materials like concrete and natural stone with polypropylene honeycomb panels.
Improved range of lightweight insulation boards for industrial use
Morgan Thermal Ceramics’ Superwool Fibre product line has been boosted with the introduction of Superwool® Plus Blok, an improved range of lightweight insulation boards for industrial use.
Titanium compounds predicted for big future in new electronics era
This article by Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx, shares some of the research carried out for a new IDTechEx report requested by several of the world’s largest chemical companies. They wish to de-risk their materials development programs concerned with electrically functional elements and compoun
Expanded portfolio of foamable polymers
SABIC regards polymer foam technologies as essential to meet growing needs for improvements in sustainability and efficiencies along global production and supply chains. They offer material and energy savings while retaining or even improving product performance; and they offer benefits in thermal a
Boron nitride nanosheet exhibits super-absorbent properties
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 o
Acoustic technique reveals structural information in nanoscale materials
Understanding where and how phase transitions occur is critical to developing new generations of the materials used in high-performance batteries, sensors, energy-harvesting devices, medical diagnostic equipment and other applications. But until now there was no good way to study and simultaneously
Open cell versus closed cell polyurethane foam: is there a difference?
The application of closed cell polyurethane foams for building insulation has been around for over 30 years, but recently the availability of an open cell option has come onto the market. Architects, specifiers and building consultants may well be confused as to the merits of these different systems
Composites for next generation combustion engines?
By the year 2020 the first cylinder housings manufactured from polymer composite materials will be introduced into passenger car and motorcycle engines, replacing the aluminium components currently in use, predicts SBHPP High Performance Plastics, a business unit of Sumitomo Bakelite.
Potting compounds for protecting electronic circuits
Potting compounds offer protection for electronic circuits. Master Bond has published a white paper covering the properties of the various options available.
Imaging technique can detect acoustically invisible cracks
The next generation of aircraft could be thinner and lighter, thanks to the development of a new imaging technique that could detect damage previously invisible to acoustic imaging systems.
Laboratory expands oil and gas testing capability
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
Adhesives spread innovation across Europe’s railways
Laurent Pourcheron, Marketing Manager for Adhesives at Huntsman Advanced Materials, reviews the adhesive technologies which are enabling the production of sustainable developments, helping manufacturers in the sector achieve competitive edge and secure long-term growth.
Annual R&D Review: Nanotechnology - balancing risks with great opportunities
Andy Pye flew into Frankfurt - just! - to cover the annual BASF R&D Press Conference in Ludwigshafen, which focuses this year on nanotechnology.
Geometry of colloidal crystals can be altered in real time
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.
Foamed In-Situ Thermoformable Sandwich (FITS) panels cut weight and cost for aircraft and high-speed train interiors
At JEC Europe 2014 in Paris, SMTC introduced Dynatech, a thermoplastic sandwich panel system, suitable for mass-production, principally targeting aircraft, although also high-speed train interiors. These applications require light weight in combination with damage tolerance and specified fire, smoke
Foamed polypropylene grade with reduced bead size moulds thinner structures with smoother surfaces
ARPRO 5635 now enables applications to integrate very thin sections and smoother surfaces to create more complex components with improved aesthetics.
Ultra-short pulsed laser deposition (USPLD) developed to enable microstructural control
Finnish thin film coating specialist Picodeon has developed its ultra-short pulsed laser deposition (USPLD) surface coating technology to be able to create either porous or dense aluminium oxide (Al2O3) coatings on heat-sensitive substrates for use in a wide range of industrial metallisation applica
Space adhesives - low outgassing epoxy survives cryogenic shock
Master Bond has introduced a new two component epoxy adhesive/sealant for cryogenic applications. Called EP29LPSP, this compound is able to withstand temperatures as low as 4K. Additionally, it is able to resist cryogenic shocks (room temperature down to liquid helium temperatures in a 5-10 minute t
North American urethane confex to showcase sustainability
The sustainable use of polyurethanes and the latest developments in sustainable raw materials for the global polyurethane industry will take centre stage at the UTECH North America conference and exhibition taking place 4-5 June 2014 at Charlotte Convention Center, North Carolina, USA.
Effective thermal insulation with wood foam
Insulation materials of tomorrow must be both efficient and environmentally friendly. Fraunhofer scientists are developing insulation foam made from wood that could replace petrochemical plastics in the long term.
Aerogel in insulation - impact, and the future
Recent years have seen some truly staggering advances into material development and use that promises to change the landscape of how we implement and use technology in a number of fields and applications. Melissa Coates reviews the development of aerogels in insulation.
Safer and more sustainable materials for manufacturing
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, m
3D composites fabrics for storage tanks and ships
3D Fiberglass Fabric is a newly developed fibreglass-braided fabric consisting of two bi-directional woven fabrics knitted together by vertical braided pillars.
Non-drip, one component silicone offers high temperature resistance, thermal conductivity and electrical isolation
Placing emphasis on convenient handling, Master Bond MasterSil 705TC features a paste consistency that does not require mixing. This single component system sets up in 7 minutes and has a non-corrosive cure at room temperature when exposed to atmospheric humidity.
Packed conference programme for polyurethanes industry
The UTECH North America event has announced details of its packed two-day conference programme, taking place 4-5 June 2014 at Charlotte Convention Center, North Carolina, USA. Featuring 46 detailed technical papers delivered in a total of eight sessions, the conference will cover the latest developm
Diverter dampers converted from mineral wool to high temperature insulation wool
When Esscano Power A/S wanted to improve its diverter damper insulation from mineral wool (rock wool) material, the company examined all the available alternatives, ultimately locating numerous online references to high-temperature insulation wool from Morgan Advanced Materials.
Steel ingots kept cool in transit with long fibre thermal insulation
Morgan Advanced Materials’ technical prowess and inventiveness were put to the test when Nugteren Transport BV, a Dutch company involved in the transfer of large loads and units, needed to design a safe and effective method of transportation for hot steel ingots that ensured the ingots would lose mi
Stave-shaped ceramic components developed for defence and commercial sonar sectors
Sonar systems utilised by many of the world’s navies contain ceramic materials, where high acoustic transmission properties are required in low frequency environments. Morgan Advanced Materials announces the launch of its improved range of stave-shaped ceramic components for the defence and commerci
Plasterboard thermal laminates have improved U-values
The UK manufacturer of PIR insulation Celotex has launched two new high performing PIR plasterboard thermal laminates, Celotex GD5000 and Celotex GS5000.
Worldwide ban on HBCD flame retardant decreed at UN Conference
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
Tough aramid produces light components and systems
Alchemie, along with the AuTx co-development partner and world leading specialist yarns producer Kamenskvolokno JSC, is demonstrating at DSEI how AuTx can be used to achieve significant weight savings in a huge range of aerospace, land and marine equipment. Through the use of AuTx the weight of a hu
Interlaced Elastomer Networks basis of structural adhesive range
Aderis is launching what it claims to be the first line of hybrid structural adhesives, called INES (for INterlaced Elastomer NetworkS). The new adhesives offer high structural and damping performance, the first time that a structural adhesive combines elongation, low modulus and high mechanical per
Flame retardant epoxy for potting and casting is room temperature curing
EP21FRNS-2 is a two-component, flame-resistant, epoxy System for potting, encapsulating and casting. It features a non-halogen filler and produces very low smoke levels, meeting the UL94V-0 flame retardant specification. Wide applicability is expected in the computer, aerospace and related industrie
Kiln linings - seeking higher energy efficiency than calcium silicate
Tests carried out by Morgan Advanced Materials, a leading manufacturer of engineered products for a range of thermal insulation applications, have revealed the company’s latest Superwool Plus Blok insulation offers significant performance advantages over calcium silicate in the area of thermal insul
Light harvesting from random nanowire mats important for next generation optoelectronics
Physicists from the University of Southampton have demonstrated that transport of light in random nanowire mats is strongly correlated and governed by mesoscopic interference contributions. The very strong, collective multiple scattering and mesoscopic (between macroscopic objects and the microscopi
Dimensionally stable UV curable system with high glass transition temperature
Suitable for high production applications, Master Bond UV25 offers fast fixture times, rapid curing and high temperature resistance. This multifunctional one component UV curable system was developed for bonding, sealing, coating and encapsulation applications. It is widely used in aerospace, fibre-
Two ranges of finished sandwich panels combine core and skin
Nidaplast Composites has launched two new ranges of sandwich panels. The Nidalite and Nidaskin sandwich panels, made of a honeycomb core and a skin, are light in weight, provide sound and heat insulation, and are highly corrosion resistant. Until now, Nidaplast has only made the structure, the core.
Passive fire protection technologies protect against hydrocarbon pool and jet fires
As it looks to grow its presence in Europe, Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings showcased the latest extension to its Firetex M90 series of passive fire protection (PFP) coating technologies at FeuerTrutz.
High purity magnesium oxide blocks for petrochem insulation
Morgan Technical Ceramics, which specialises in the design and manufacture of high purity magnesium oxide blocks for use in the petrochemical sector, has re-emphasised the importance of specifying materials that deliver a consistently high level of insulation performance.
Guide to material selection for rolling bearings
By offering a wide choice of materials and heat treatments for rolling bearings, performance and operating life can be optimised, even for the most demanding industrial applications, says Dr Steve Lacey, Engineering Manager at Schaeffler UK.
Biomimetic fibres mimic pine cones in responce to humidity
Humidity-responsive adaptive textiles respond to levels of humidity in the micro-climate, so that breathability improves as the material begins to saturate.
Bolton surface coatings company changes name following takeover
Specialist industrial coatings supplier, Leighs Paints is now trading as Sherwin-Williams Protective and Marine Coatings. Now part of The Sherwin-Williams Company’s Global Finishes Group, Sherwin-Williams Protective and Marine Coatings will continue to manufacture the Fireterx range of passive fire
Extrudable sound absorbers extend reach into hygiene-sensitive areas
Noise abatement is growing in importance, thus, the demand for better acoustic building components. Scientists are developing aesthetically attractive and flexibly applicable microperforated sound absorbers.
Flexible composite heatshield coating combines reflection and conduction
Engineers who previously have had to rely on multiple products to protect composites and heat-sensitive parts from different forms of heat damage can now specify a single coating or heatshield, thanks to its unique combination of ceramic and gold.
Lightweight insulation material protects oilfield living quarters against fire
FireMaster Marine Plus blanket, the new light-weight fire protection material from Morgan Thermal Ceramics, has been selected by contractors Apply Leirvik for use on the Living Quarters (LQ) module for the development of Statoil’s Gudrun field in Norway.
Houston soccer stadium using polycarbonate sheet
When Houston's new BBVA Compass Stadium opened this year, Houston Dynamo fans were welcomed with a brilliant display of the soccer team's distinctive orange brand featured on enclosed entrances with a vibrant shade of Lexan Thermoclick sheet from Sabic’s Innovative Plastics business.
Mushroom roots digest and bind agricultural waste to form polystyrene foam substitute
There is increasing and widespread interest in biodegradable alternatives to petroleum-based plastics. One recent development in this area is a material called EcoCradle. Developed by Ecovative Design LLC, the material replaces synthetic, petroleum-based foams such as expanded polypropylene (EPP), e
Breakthrough PZT discs developed specifically for defence and commercial sonar
Morgan Technical Ceramics has announced the launch of its new range of large piezoelectric (PZT) ceramic discs developed specifically for the defence and commercial sonar markets, thanks to a major breakthrough at the company’s manufacturing facility in Ruabon, North Wales.
Rebuild dramatically grapples with PZT corrosion problem and improves kiln efficiency
Morgan Technical Ceramics has seen significant improvements in the operation of four of its sinter fire kilns in Southanpton, England, following a rebuild using involving high temperature insulation, supplied by sister company Morgan Thermal Ceramics. The rebuild project has resulted in dramatically
LED-curable one-part system offers exceptionally fast cure speeds for heat-sensitive substrates
Master Bond LED401 is a breakthrough system based on LED technology. This adhesive, sealant, coating and encapsulant cures tack-free upon exposure to a 405 nm wavelength light source, without any oxygen inhibition. Optically clear, it is also safer and easier to handle than similar UV systems as LED
Lightweight concrete in sandwich panels for designer furniture
Nidaplast Composites is supplying honeycomb structural panels that allow the use of concrete without the usual weight constraints, making it possible to combine traditional heavy materials like concrete and natural stone with polypropylene honeycomb panels.
Improved range of lightweight insulation boards for industrial use
Morgan Thermal Ceramics’ Superwool Fibre product line has been boosted with the introduction of Superwool® Plus Blok, an improved range of lightweight insulation boards for industrial use.
Titanium compounds predicted for big future in new electronics era
This article by Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx, shares some of the research carried out for a new IDTechEx report requested by several of the world’s largest chemical companies. They wish to de-risk their materials development programs concerned with electrically functional elements and compoun
Expanded portfolio of foamable polymers
SABIC regards polymer foam technologies as essential to meet growing needs for improvements in sustainability and efficiencies along global production and supply chains. They offer material and energy savings while retaining or even improving product performance; and they offer benefits in thermal a
Boron nitride nanosheet exhibits super-absorbent properties
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 o
Acoustic technique reveals structural information in nanoscale materials
Understanding where and how phase transitions occur is critical to developing new generations of the materials used in high-performance batteries, sensors, energy-harvesting devices, medical diagnostic equipment and other applications. But until now there was no good way to study and simultaneously
Open cell versus closed cell polyurethane foam: is there a difference?
The application of closed cell polyurethane foams for building insulation has been around for over 30 years, but recently the availability of an open cell option has come onto the market. Architects, specifiers and building consultants may well be confused as to the merits of these different systems
Composites for next generation combustion engines?
By the year 2020 the first cylinder housings manufactured from polymer composite materials will be introduced into passenger car and motorcycle engines, replacing the aluminium components currently in use, predicts SBHPP High Performance Plastics, a business unit of Sumitomo Bakelite.
Potting compounds for protecting electronic circuits
Potting compounds offer protection for electronic circuits. Master Bond has published a white paper covering the properties of the various options available.
Imaging technique can detect acoustically invisible cracks
The next generation of aircraft could be thinner and lighter, thanks to the development of a new imaging technique that could detect damage previously invisible to acoustic imaging systems.
Laboratory expands oil and gas testing capability
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
Adhesives spread innovation across Europe’s railways
Laurent Pourcheron, Marketing Manager for Adhesives at Huntsman Advanced Materials, reviews the adhesive technologies which are enabling the production of sustainable developments, helping manufacturers in the sector achieve competitive edge and secure long-term growth.
Annual R&D Review: Nanotechnology - balancing risks with great opportunities
Andy Pye flew into Frankfurt - just! - to cover the annual BASF R&D Press Conference in Ludwigshafen, which focuses this year on nanotechnology.
Geometry of colloidal crystals can be altered in real time
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.
Foamed In-Situ Thermoformable Sandwich (FITS) panels cut weight and cost for aircraft and high-speed train interiors
At JEC Europe 2014 in Paris, SMTC introduced Dynatech, a thermoplastic sandwich panel system, suitable for mass-production, principally targeting aircraft, although also high-speed train interiors. These applications require light weight in combination with damage tolerance and specified fire, smoke
Foamed polypropylene grade with reduced bead size moulds thinner structures with smoother surfaces
ARPRO 5635 now enables applications to integrate very thin sections and smoother surfaces to create more complex components with improved aesthetics.
Ultra-short pulsed laser deposition (USPLD) developed to enable microstructural control
Finnish thin film coating specialist Picodeon has developed its ultra-short pulsed laser deposition (USPLD) surface coating technology to be able to create either porous or dense aluminium oxide (Al2O3) coatings on heat-sensitive substrates for use in a wide range of industrial metallisation applica
Space adhesives - low outgassing epoxy survives cryogenic shock
Master Bond has introduced a new two component epoxy adhesive/sealant for cryogenic applications. Called EP29LPSP, this compound is able to withstand temperatures as low as 4K. Additionally, it is able to resist cryogenic shocks (room temperature down to liquid helium temperatures in a 5-10 minute t
North American urethane confex to showcase sustainability
The sustainable use of polyurethanes and the latest developments in sustainable raw materials for the global polyurethane industry will take centre stage at the UTECH North America conference and exhibition taking place 4-5 June 2014 at Charlotte Convention Center, North Carolina, USA.
Effective thermal insulation with wood foam
Insulation materials of tomorrow must be both efficient and environmentally friendly. Fraunhofer scientists are developing insulation foam made from wood that could replace petrochemical plastics in the long term.
Aerogel in insulation - impact, and the future
Recent years have seen some truly staggering advances into material development and use that promises to change the landscape of how we implement and use technology in a number of fields and applications. Melissa Coates reviews the development of aerogels in insulation.
Safer and more sustainable materials for manufacturing
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, m
3D composites fabrics for storage tanks and ships
3D Fiberglass Fabric is a newly developed fibreglass-braided fabric consisting of two bi-directional woven fabrics knitted together by vertical braided pillars.
Non-drip, one component silicone offers high temperature resistance, thermal conductivity and electrical isolation
Placing emphasis on convenient handling, Master Bond MasterSil 705TC features a paste consistency that does not require mixing. This single component system sets up in 7 minutes and has a non-corrosive cure at room temperature when exposed to atmospheric humidity.
Packed conference programme for polyurethanes industry
The UTECH North America event has announced details of its packed two-day conference programme, taking place 4-5 June 2014 at Charlotte Convention Center, North Carolina, USA. Featuring 46 detailed technical papers delivered in a total of eight sessions, the conference will cover the latest developm
Diverter dampers converted from mineral wool to high temperature insulation wool
When Esscano Power A/S wanted to improve its diverter damper insulation from mineral wool (rock wool) material, the company examined all the available alternatives, ultimately locating numerous online references to high-temperature insulation wool from Morgan Advanced Materials.
Steel ingots kept cool in transit with long fibre thermal insulation
Morgan Advanced Materials’ technical prowess and inventiveness were put to the test when Nugteren Transport BV, a Dutch company involved in the transfer of large loads and units, needed to design a safe and effective method of transportation for hot steel ingots that ensured the ingots would lose mi
Stave-shaped ceramic components developed for defence and commercial sonar sectors
Sonar systems utilised by many of the world’s navies contain ceramic materials, where high acoustic transmission properties are required in low frequency environments. Morgan Advanced Materials announces the launch of its improved range of stave-shaped ceramic components for the defence and commerci
Plasterboard thermal laminates have improved U-values
The UK manufacturer of PIR insulation Celotex has launched two new high performing PIR plasterboard thermal laminates, Celotex GD5000 and Celotex GS5000.
Worldwide ban on HBCD flame retardant decreed at UN Conference
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
Tough aramid produces light components and systems
Alchemie, along with the AuTx co-development partner and world leading specialist yarns producer Kamenskvolokno JSC, is demonstrating at DSEI how AuTx can be used to achieve significant weight savings in a huge range of aerospace, land and marine equipment. Through the use of AuTx the weight of a hu
Interlaced Elastomer Networks basis of structural adhesive range
Aderis is launching what it claims to be the first line of hybrid structural adhesives, called INES (for INterlaced Elastomer NetworkS). The new adhesives offer high structural and damping performance, the first time that a structural adhesive combines elongation, low modulus and high mechanical per
Flame retardant epoxy for potting and casting is room temperature curing
EP21FRNS-2 is a two-component, flame-resistant, epoxy System for potting, encapsulating and casting. It features a non-halogen filler and produces very low smoke levels, meeting the UL94V-0 flame retardant specification. Wide applicability is expected in the computer, aerospace and related industrie
Kiln linings - seeking higher energy efficiency than calcium silicate
Tests carried out by Morgan Advanced Materials, a leading manufacturer of engineered products for a range of thermal insulation applications, have revealed the company’s latest Superwool Plus Blok insulation offers significant performance advantages over calcium silicate in the area of thermal insul
Light harvesting from random nanowire mats important for next generation optoelectronics
Physicists from the University of Southampton have demonstrated that transport of light in random nanowire mats is strongly correlated and governed by mesoscopic interference contributions. The very strong, collective multiple scattering and mesoscopic (between macroscopic objects and the microscopi
Dimensionally stable UV curable system with high glass transition temperature
Suitable for high production applications, Master Bond UV25 offers fast fixture times, rapid curing and high temperature resistance. This multifunctional one component UV curable system was developed for bonding, sealing, coating and encapsulation applications. It is widely used in aerospace, fibre-
Two ranges of finished sandwich panels combine core and skin
Nidaplast Composites has launched two new ranges of sandwich panels. The Nidalite and Nidaskin sandwich panels, made of a honeycomb core and a skin, are light in weight, provide sound and heat insulation, and are highly corrosion resistant. Until now, Nidaplast has only made the structure, the core.
Passive fire protection technologies protect against hydrocarbon pool and jet fires
As it looks to grow its presence in Europe, Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings showcased the latest extension to its Firetex M90 series of passive fire protection (PFP) coating technologies at FeuerTrutz.
High purity magnesium oxide blocks for petrochem insulation
Morgan Technical Ceramics, which specialises in the design and manufacture of high purity magnesium oxide blocks for use in the petrochemical sector, has re-emphasised the importance of specifying materials that deliver a consistently high level of insulation performance.
Guide to material selection for rolling bearings
By offering a wide choice of materials and heat treatments for rolling bearings, performance and operating life can be optimised, even for the most demanding industrial applications, says Dr Steve Lacey, Engineering Manager at Schaeffler UK.
Biomimetic fibres mimic pine cones in responce to humidity
Humidity-responsive adaptive textiles respond to levels of humidity in the micro-climate, so that breathability improves as the material begins to saturate.
Bolton surface coatings company changes name following takeover
Specialist industrial coatings supplier, Leighs Paints is now trading as Sherwin-Williams Protective and Marine Coatings. Now part of The Sherwin-Williams Company’s Global Finishes Group, Sherwin-Williams Protective and Marine Coatings will continue to manufacture the Fireterx range of passive fire
Extrudable sound absorbers extend reach into hygiene-sensitive areas
Noise abatement is growing in importance, thus, the demand for better acoustic building components. Scientists are developing aesthetically attractive and flexibly applicable microperforated sound absorbers.
Flexible composite heatshield coating combines reflection and conduction
Engineers who previously have had to rely on multiple products to protect composites and heat-sensitive parts from different forms of heat damage can now specify a single coating or heatshield, thanks to its unique combination of ceramic and gold.
Lightweight insulation material protects oilfield living quarters against fire
FireMaster Marine Plus blanket, the new light-weight fire protection material from Morgan Thermal Ceramics, has been selected by contractors Apply Leirvik for use on the Living Quarters (LQ) module for the development of Statoil’s Gudrun field in Norway.
Houston soccer stadium using polycarbonate sheet
When Houston's new BBVA Compass Stadium opened this year, Houston Dynamo fans were welcomed with a brilliant display of the soccer team's distinctive orange brand featured on enclosed entrances with a vibrant shade of Lexan Thermoclick sheet from Sabic’s Innovative Plastics business.
Mushroom roots digest and bind agricultural waste to form polystyrene foam substitute
There is increasing and widespread interest in biodegradable alternatives to petroleum-based plastics. One recent development in this area is a material called EcoCradle. Developed by Ecovative Design LLC, the material replaces synthetic, petroleum-based foams such as expanded polypropylene (EPP), e
Breakthrough PZT discs developed specifically for defence and commercial sonar
Morgan Technical Ceramics has announced the launch of its new range of large piezoelectric (PZT) ceramic discs developed specifically for the defence and commercial sonar markets, thanks to a major breakthrough at the company’s manufacturing facility in Ruabon, North Wales.
Rebuild dramatically grapples with PZT corrosion problem and improves kiln efficiency
Morgan Technical Ceramics has seen significant improvements in the operation of four of its sinter fire kilns in Southanpton, England, following a rebuild using involving high temperature insulation, supplied by sister company Morgan Thermal Ceramics. The rebuild project has resulted in dramatically
LED-curable one-part system offers exceptionally fast cure speeds for heat-sensitive substrates
Master Bond LED401 is a breakthrough system based on LED technology. This adhesive, sealant, coating and encapsulant cures tack-free upon exposure to a 405 nm wavelength light source, without any oxygen inhibition. Optically clear, it is also safer and easier to handle than similar UV systems as LED
Lightweight concrete in sandwich panels for designer furniture
Nidaplast Composites is supplying honeycomb structural panels that allow the use of concrete without the usual weight constraints, making it possible to combine traditional heavy materials like concrete and natural stone with polypropylene honeycomb panels.
Improved range of lightweight insulation boards for industrial use
Morgan Thermal Ceramics’ Superwool Fibre product line has been boosted with the introduction of Superwool® Plus Blok, an improved range of lightweight insulation boards for industrial use.
Titanium compounds predicted for big future in new electronics era
This article by Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx, shares some of the research carried out for a new IDTechEx report requested by several of the world’s largest chemical companies. They wish to de-risk their materials development programs concerned with electrically functional elements and compoun
Expanded portfolio of foamable polymers
SABIC regards polymer foam technologies as essential to meet growing needs for improvements in sustainability and efficiencies along global production and supply chains. They offer material and energy savings while retaining or even improving product performance; and they offer benefits in thermal a
Boron nitride nanosheet exhibits super-absorbent properties
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 o
Acoustic technique reveals structural information in nanoscale materials
Understanding where and how phase transitions occur is critical to developing new generations of the materials used in high-performance batteries, sensors, energy-harvesting devices, medical diagnostic equipment and other applications. But until now there was no good way to study and simultaneously
Open cell versus closed cell polyurethane foam: is there a difference?
The application of closed cell polyurethane foams for building insulation has been around for over 30 years, but recently the availability of an open cell option has come onto the market. Architects, specifiers and building consultants may well be confused as to the merits of these different systems
Composites for next generation combustion engines?
By the year 2020 the first cylinder housings manufactured from polymer composite materials will be introduced into passenger car and motorcycle engines, replacing the aluminium components currently in use, predicts SBHPP High Performance Plastics, a business unit of Sumitomo Bakelite.
Potting compounds for protecting electronic circuits
Potting compounds offer protection for electronic circuits. Master Bond has published a white paper covering the properties of the various options available.
Imaging technique can detect acoustically invisible cracks
The next generation of aircraft could be thinner and lighter, thanks to the development of a new imaging technique that could detect damage previously invisible to acoustic imaging systems.
Laboratory expands oil and gas testing capability
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
Adhesives spread innovation across Europe’s railways
Laurent Pourcheron, Marketing Manager for Adhesives at Huntsman Advanced Materials, reviews the adhesive technologies which are enabling the production of sustainable developments, helping manufacturers in the sector achieve competitive edge and secure long-term growth.
Annual R&D Review: Nanotechnology - balancing risks with great opportunities
Andy Pye flew into Frankfurt - just! - to cover the annual BASF R&D Press Conference in Ludwigshafen, which focuses this year on nanotechnology.
Geometry of colloidal crystals can be altered in real time
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.
Foamed In-Situ Thermoformable Sandwich (FITS) panels cut weight and cost for aircraft and high-speed train interiors
At JEC Europe 2014 in Paris, SMTC introduced Dynatech, a thermoplastic sandwich panel system, suitable for mass-production, principally targeting aircraft, although also high-speed train interiors. These applications require light weight in combination with damage tolerance and specified fire, smoke
Foamed polypropylene grade with reduced bead size moulds thinner structures with smoother surfaces
ARPRO 5635 now enables applications to integrate very thin sections and smoother surfaces to create more complex components with improved aesthetics.
Ultra-short pulsed laser deposition (USPLD) developed to enable microstructural control
Finnish thin film coating specialist Picodeon has developed its ultra-short pulsed laser deposition (USPLD) surface coating technology to be able to create either porous or dense aluminium oxide (Al2O3) coatings on heat-sensitive substrates for use in a wide range of industrial metallisation applica
Space adhesives - low outgassing epoxy survives cryogenic shock
Master Bond has introduced a new two component epoxy adhesive/sealant for cryogenic applications. Called EP29LPSP, this compound is able to withstand temperatures as low as 4K. Additionally, it is able to resist cryogenic shocks (room temperature down to liquid helium temperatures in a 5-10 minute t
North American urethane confex to showcase sustainability
The sustainable use of polyurethanes and the latest developments in sustainable raw materials for the global polyurethane industry will take centre stage at the UTECH North America conference and exhibition taking place 4-5 June 2014 at Charlotte Convention Center, North Carolina, USA.
Effective thermal insulation with wood foam
Insulation materials of tomorrow must be both efficient and environmentally friendly. Fraunhofer scientists are developing insulation foam made from wood that could replace petrochemical plastics in the long term.
Aerogel in insulation - impact, and the future
Recent years have seen some truly staggering advances into material development and use that promises to change the landscape of how we implement and use technology in a number of fields and applications. Melissa Coates reviews the development of aerogels in insulation.
Safer and more sustainable materials for manufacturing
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, m
3D composites fabrics for storage tanks and ships
3D Fiberglass Fabric is a newly developed fibreglass-braided fabric consisting of two bi-directional woven fabrics knitted together by vertical braided pillars.
Non-drip, one component silicone offers high temperature resistance, thermal conductivity and electrical isolation
Placing emphasis on convenient handling, Master Bond MasterSil 705TC features a paste consistency that does not require mixing. This single component system sets up in 7 minutes and has a non-corrosive cure at room temperature when exposed to atmospheric humidity.
Packed conference programme for polyurethanes industry
The UTECH North America event has announced details of its packed two-day conference programme, taking place 4-5 June 2014 at Charlotte Convention Center, North Carolina, USA. Featuring 46 detailed technical papers delivered in a total of eight sessions, the conference will cover the latest developm
Diverter dampers converted from mineral wool to high temperature insulation wool
When Esscano Power A/S wanted to improve its diverter damper insulation from mineral wool (rock wool) material, the company examined all the available alternatives, ultimately locating numerous online references to high-temperature insulation wool from Morgan Advanced Materials.
Steel ingots kept cool in transit with long fibre thermal insulation
Morgan Advanced Materials’ technical prowess and inventiveness were put to the test when Nugteren Transport BV, a Dutch company involved in the transfer of large loads and units, needed to design a safe and effective method of transportation for hot steel ingots that ensured the ingots would lose mi
Stave-shaped ceramic components developed for defence and commercial sonar sectors
Sonar systems utilised by many of the world’s navies contain ceramic materials, where high acoustic transmission properties are required in low frequency environments. Morgan Advanced Materials announces the launch of its improved range of stave-shaped ceramic components for the defence and commerci
Plasterboard thermal laminates have improved U-values
The UK manufacturer of PIR insulation Celotex has launched two new high performing PIR plasterboard thermal laminates, Celotex GD5000 and Celotex GS5000.
Worldwide ban on HBCD flame retardant decreed at UN Conference
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
Tough aramid produces light components and systems
Alchemie, along with the AuTx co-development partner and world leading specialist yarns producer Kamenskvolokno JSC, is demonstrating at DSEI how AuTx can be used to achieve significant weight savings in a huge range of aerospace, land and marine equipment. Through the use of AuTx the weight of a hu
Interlaced Elastomer Networks basis of structural adhesive range
Aderis is launching what it claims to be the first line of hybrid structural adhesives, called INES (for INterlaced Elastomer NetworkS). The new adhesives offer high structural and damping performance, the first time that a structural adhesive combines elongation, low modulus and high mechanical per
Flame retardant epoxy for potting and casting is room temperature curing
EP21FRNS-2 is a two-component, flame-resistant, epoxy System for potting, encapsulating and casting. It features a non-halogen filler and produces very low smoke levels, meeting the UL94V-0 flame retardant specification. Wide applicability is expected in the computer, aerospace and related industrie
Kiln linings - seeking higher energy efficiency than calcium silicate
Tests carried out by Morgan Advanced Materials, a leading manufacturer of engineered products for a range of thermal insulation applications, have revealed the company’s latest Superwool Plus Blok insulation offers significant performance advantages over calcium silicate in the area of thermal insul
Light harvesting from random nanowire mats important for next generation optoelectronics
Physicists from the University of Southampton have demonstrated that transport of light in random nanowire mats is strongly correlated and governed by mesoscopic interference contributions. The very strong, collective multiple scattering and mesoscopic (between macroscopic objects and the microscopi
Dimensionally stable UV curable system with high glass transition temperature
Suitable for high production applications, Master Bond UV25 offers fast fixture times, rapid curing and high temperature resistance. This multifunctional one component UV curable system was developed for bonding, sealing, coating and encapsulation applications. It is widely used in aerospace, fibre-
Two ranges of finished sandwich panels combine core and skin
Nidaplast Composites has launched two new ranges of sandwich panels. The Nidalite and Nidaskin sandwich panels, made of a honeycomb core and a skin, are light in weight, provide sound and heat insulation, and are highly corrosion resistant. Until now, Nidaplast has only made the structure, the core.
Passive fire protection technologies protect against hydrocarbon pool and jet fires
As it looks to grow its presence in Europe, Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings showcased the latest extension to its Firetex M90 series of passive fire protection (PFP) coating technologies at FeuerTrutz.
High purity magnesium oxide blocks for petrochem insulation
Morgan Technical Ceramics, which specialises in the design and manufacture of high purity magnesium oxide blocks for use in the petrochemical sector, has re-emphasised the importance of specifying materials that deliver a consistently high level of insulation performance.
Guide to material selection for rolling bearings
By offering a wide choice of materials and heat treatments for rolling bearings, performance and operating life can be optimised, even for the most demanding industrial applications, says Dr Steve Lacey, Engineering Manager at Schaeffler UK.
Biomimetic fibres mimic pine cones in responce to humidity
Humidity-responsive adaptive textiles respond to levels of humidity in the micro-climate, so that breathability improves as the material begins to saturate.
Bolton surface coatings company changes name following takeover
Specialist industrial coatings supplier, Leighs Paints is now trading as Sherwin-Williams Protective and Marine Coatings. Now part of The Sherwin-Williams Company’s Global Finishes Group, Sherwin-Williams Protective and Marine Coatings will continue to manufacture the Fireterx range of passive fire
Extrudable sound absorbers extend reach into hygiene-sensitive areas
Noise abatement is growing in importance, thus, the demand for better acoustic building components. Scientists are developing aesthetically attractive and flexibly applicable microperforated sound absorbers.
Flexible composite heatshield coating combines reflection and conduction
Engineers who previously have had to rely on multiple products to protect composites and heat-sensitive parts from different forms of heat damage can now specify a single coating or heatshield, thanks to its unique combination of ceramic and gold.
Lightweight insulation material protects oilfield living quarters against fire
FireMaster Marine Plus blanket, the new light-weight fire protection material from Morgan Thermal Ceramics, has been selected by contractors Apply Leirvik for use on the Living Quarters (LQ) module for the development of Statoil’s Gudrun field in Norway.
Houston soccer stadium using polycarbonate sheet
When Houston's new BBVA Compass Stadium opened this year, Houston Dynamo fans were welcomed with a brilliant display of the soccer team's distinctive orange brand featured on enclosed entrances with a vibrant shade of Lexan Thermoclick sheet from Sabic’s Innovative Plastics business.
Mushroom roots digest and bind agricultural waste to form polystyrene foam substitute
There is increasing and widespread interest in biodegradable alternatives to petroleum-based plastics. One recent development in this area is a material called EcoCradle. Developed by Ecovative Design LLC, the material replaces synthetic, petroleum-based foams such as expanded polypropylene (EPP), e
Breakthrough PZT discs developed specifically for defence and commercial sonar
Morgan Technical Ceramics has announced the launch of its new range of large piezoelectric (PZT) ceramic discs developed specifically for the defence and commercial sonar markets, thanks to a major breakthrough at the company’s manufacturing facility in Ruabon, North Wales.
Rebuild dramatically grapples with PZT corrosion problem and improves kiln efficiency
Morgan Technical Ceramics has seen significant improvements in the operation of four of its sinter fire kilns in Southanpton, England, following a rebuild using involving high temperature insulation, supplied by sister company Morgan Thermal Ceramics. The rebuild project has resulted in dramatically
LED-curable one-part system offers exceptionally fast cure speeds for heat-sensitive substrates
Master Bond LED401 is a breakthrough system based on LED technology. This adhesive, sealant, coating and encapsulant cures tack-free upon exposure to a 405 nm wavelength light source, without any oxygen inhibition. Optically clear, it is also safer and easier to handle than similar UV systems as LED
Lightweight concrete in sandwich panels for designer furniture
Nidaplast Composites is supplying honeycomb structural panels that allow the use of concrete without the usual weight constraints, making it possible to combine traditional heavy materials like concrete and natural stone with polypropylene honeycomb panels.
Improved range of lightweight insulation boards for industrial use
Morgan Thermal Ceramics’ Superwool Fibre product line has been boosted with the introduction of Superwool® Plus Blok, an improved range of lightweight insulation boards for industrial use.
Titanium compounds predicted for big future in new electronics era
This article by Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx, shares some of the research carried out for a new IDTechEx report requested by several of the world’s largest chemical companies. They wish to de-risk their materials development programs concerned with electrically functional elements and compoun
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