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Pioneering engine block innovation uses plasma coating
High performance casting specialist Grainger & Worrall (GW) is working in conjunction with Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) to develop a new type of cylinder block that uses plasma coatings to reduce the weight and size of engines.
Advanced thermal system to process battery materials
Harper International, world leader in custom thermal processing solutions for advanced materials, has been awarded a contract for a high volume Rotary furnace system by Prayon, headquartered in Belgium. The innovative reactor will be used for drying and calcining of Prayon’s advanced iron phosphate
Materials information management software embeds enterprise materials information experience
Granta Design has announced GRANTA MI Version 9, the latest version of its leading materials information management software, delivering a series of new tools based on extensive experience and feedback from enterprise implementations worldwide. This major annual release rolls-up all the upgrades and
Trumpf to offer selective laser melting for 3D printing of metals
German industrial machining and tooling equipment manufacturer Trumpf has added another type of metal 3D printing technology to its portfolio. This makes Trumpf the only manufacturer to offer all of the major laser 3D printing technologies.
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
Unlocking the potential of Graphene
CPI has received £14m from Innovate UK to create the UK’s Graphene Applications Innovation Centre to assist companies to develop, prove and commercialise products using graphene technologies. The centre offers access to a world-leading capability in the development of graphene, printable and fo
Ceramics keep supersonic record challenger cool
Cooling a 135,000bhp, 1000mph car poses critical challenges for safety and performance that now, just six months ahead of the first run, the Bloodhound team is looking to solve.
Carbon nanofibres can be made from carbon dioxide in the air
Scientists in the US have found a way to take carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air and make carbon nanofibres, a valuable manufacturing material. But can they be made in sufficient volumes to contribute to climate change?
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.
PEEK and PPA grades get NSF approval for food processing and household appliances
Newly certified grades expand Solvay's Polymer solutions for highly demanding food processing and consumer appliances.
Optical inspection system for advanced fibre reinforced plastics
At Hannover Messe 2015 Vitronic presented a new system for automated optical 2D/3D position detection and quality inspection for CFRP and GFRP cuts and components used in production processes. Examples of components from the automotive industry will be shown where the systems are already being succe
Rubber material based on bio-renewable polymer for fluid applications
The bio-renewable rubber, for which development by Freudenberg began in 2012, is made from polymer which has its beginnings with sugarcane. The sugarcane-produced ethanol is then converted into ethylene, which forms a substantial portion of the base polymer.
Loopwheels - re-inventing the wheel
Loopwheels is a shock-absorbing wheel with an integral suspension system. It was created with the help of an Araldite composite bonder and has been nominated for the prestigious ′Designs of the Year 2015’ sponsored by the Design Museum in the UK.
Government funding to accelerate vehicle weight reduction through composites
Sigmatex, the independent converter of carbon fibre, has been awarded Government Funding through the Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI) for a project that aims to produce higher volumes of composites in the UK to accelerate vehicle lightweighting. The Sigmatex LX Programme is one
PU tooling system cures extremely quickly
Huntsman has announced a major tooling technology breakthrough - a new polyurethane resin system that cures extremely quickly and allows the production of high heat stable modelling, tooling and rapid prototyping boards. The availability for the first time of an effective, high temperature stable po
Gateway provides faster, easier access to materials data
Granta Design has released Granta MI:Materials Gateway 3.0, its third generation means of accessing managed materials data within Computer-Aided Design (CAD), Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE), and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) systems.
Understanding the reinforcing ability of carbon nanotubes in ceramics
Researchers at the National Institute for Materials Science in Japan are exploring what is preventing the reinforcing ability of carbon nanotubes from being used in a ceramic matrix.
Hand-held laminating tool - the dibber - for layup of advanced composite components
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 tra
Ultrafast Laser Plasma Implantation (ULPI) to take IT beyond the electronic age
A £5.2 million project led by the University of Leeds is aiming to transform data communications with a new generation of photonic microchips. The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has announced funding for a multi-university research programme and a pilot manufacturin
Functional Materials get UK research financial boost
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),
Industrial materials on display at Industrial Supply 2015
The on-going development of industrial materials for use in engineering components continues to drive growth in the global subcontracting sector. And that growth is coming not just from relatively new materials such as carbon reinforced or glass fibre reinforced plastics; surprising new applications
Range of specialised bronzes expanded
Special bronze alloy dealer FRW CAROBRONZE has expanded its line of highly specialised copper alloys with forged or extruded CuNi14Al2 (UN14A2) and forged or extruded high-strength bronzes CuZn19Al6 (UZ19A6) and CuZn23Al4 (UZ23A4). These alloys are in stock in the form of round bars.
Perpetuus Carbon Group secures commercial partnership with G24 Power
Perpetuus Carbon Group, a producer of high quality, functionalised graphenes, announces a major initiative with G24 Power a company engaged in design and manufacture of dye-sensitised solar cells, a technology which converts light energy into electrical energy. The tie-up will produce graphene enabl
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.
Versatile active brazing alloy process for joining metals to ceramics
Morgan Advanced Materials has highlighted the benefits of its active brazing alloy (ABA) process to join metals to ceramics in a variety of applications where conventional metallisation and brazing are either costly or impractical.
Engineering design platform enables PSA Peugeot CitroŽn to reinforce zero-defect strategy
PSA Peugeot CitroŽn is intensifying the use of Dassault Systèmes' Delmia digital manufacturing platform to help simplify the design process of its body-in-white division, specifically focusing on right-first-time robotics planning.
Distinguished engineer appointed to drive Ulster University composites research capability
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
Significant investment planned to expand CMC testing capacity
USA independent materials testing organization Element Materials Technology has announced plans for a major expansion of its Ceramic Matrix Composites (CMC) testing capacity. Expansion work at Element Cincinnati began in June, with Element anticipating completion before the end of 2014.
Advanced part testing helps innovative oil filter development
Solvay Engineering Plastics has been collaborating with Mahle in the development of oil filter modules using Technyl polyamide resins. The current glycol flow test benches at the company’s Technyl Innovation Centre in Lyon, France, are capable of testing as many as six parts at a time in tempe
Clean cooking with stainless steel
Chronic exposure to smoke from traditional cooking practices is one of the world’s biggest – but least well-known – killers. This new brochure from ISSF explains why stainless steel is part of the solution for this problem. It highlights the health and environmental effects and then introduces diffe
Graphene manufacturer secures exclusive supply agreement for plasma reactors
Haydale has entered into an exclusive development and supply agreement with Tantec A/S, a leading manufacturer of standard and customised plasma reactors. The new reactors to be built and commissioned by Tantec A/S represent another step forward towards the commercialisation of graphene.
Low flammability structural composites and adhesives for aerospace interiors
The use of composite materials on aircraft interiors is emerging from the shadow of composite airframe applications. With fuel prices currently accounting for over a third of operating costs, it is now widely recognised that interior composites can deliver significant cost savings in this area. Comp
Thermo-tolerant yeast can provide more climate-smart ethanol
With a simple mutation, yeast can grow in higher than normal temperatures. Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology demonstrate findings which may result in ethanol being more effectively manufactured for vehicle fuel, as well as increase the possibility of using residual waste as a raw mate
Expanding carbon nanotube manufacturing capacity
Tortech Nanofibres, a subsidiary of Plasan based in Israel, is installing additional capacity for the manufacture of its non-woven carbon nanotube (CNT) sheet at its manufacturing facility. This will more than triple output, once full commissioning is completed in the next few months and is seen as
Researchers watch molecules from smart materials wiggle in real-time
A new crystallographic technique called time-resolved crystallography is being used at the University of Leeds to transform scientists’ ability to observe how molecules work. The method allows reaearchers to observe changes within the structure of molecules. Although fast time-resolved crystallograp
Analytical, optimisation software reduces weight of NASA’s Orion crew vehicle
At the 2014 Composites and Advanced Materials Expo (CAMX) (previously SAMPE), Collier Research Corporation is demonstrating a key software program used to reduce weight on the heat shield of NASA’s Orion Multi-purpose Crew Vehicle. The show runs from 13 to 16 October at the Orange County Convention
French carbon fibre precursor plant targets aerospace market
Hexcel Corporation is to expand its carbon fibre production capacity through the addition of new precursor and carbon fiber lines in Roussillon, France. The $250 million investment will also include the associated Quality Control laboratories and offices.
Aluminium Middle East show highlights industry’s main trends
Globalisation, market dynamics, environment and energy prices are redrawing the world aluminium industry map, with the Middle East in general and the Arabian Gulf countries in particular emerging as the potential winners of the new business paradigm. These so-called mega trends, along with the oppor
Easy to process polyimide resin for high temperature applications
Nexam Chemical introduces Neximid MHT-R, a new easy to process resin for use in high temperature applications, with Tg above 400C. The resin is primarily intended for use in Resin Transfer Molding (RTM) of high temperature composite parts for the aerospace industry. Other areas, such as machine manu
Thermally conductive, two-component epoxy passes medical device specifications
Master Bond EP21AOLV-2Med meets USP Class VI and ISO 10993-5 specifications for medical device applications. It is thermally conductive and a competent electrical insulator.
Graphene-based flexible display produced for first time
A flexible display incorporating graphene in the pixel electronics has been successfully demonstrated by the Cambridge Graphene Centre and Plastic Logic, said to be the first time graphene has been used in a transistor-based flexible device.
Mullite ceramic in industrial waste converted to coating for aircraft turbines
A group of specialists from the Center for Research in Advanced Materials (Cimav), have developed nanostructured coatings capable of withstanding temperatures exceeding 1000C, which are used in aviation turbine components.
Thermoplastic hydrogen storage vessels for fuel cell vehicles
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 Str
Epoxy adhesive demonstrates advantages of ductility on composite single lap joints
An Araldite epoxy adhesive system from Huntsman Advanced Materials has been used in an experiment conducted by a research group, under the direction of Dr Trevor Young of the Irish Centre for Composites Research at the University of Limerick, in which the bondline stress concentrations and the influ
Joint development for commercialising graphene development
Morgan Advanced Materials has announced a new joint development agreement with The University of Manchester, aimed at scaling up a new process for manufacturing graphene – a one-atom thick carbon allotrope first isolated at the university ten years ago and for which two Nobel Prizes were award
Density functional theory shows Ti-V alloys’ superconductivity is inherent, not accidental
Research shows that all of the Ti-V alloys could display a relatively high superconducting transition temperature. It is deduced that spin fluctuations are reflected in the properties of the normal state of electrons. They therefore influence the superconductivity of the alloys in a similar way to t
Application integrates materials knowledge with PLM
At the PTC Live Global event, Granta Design demonstrated a new materials data integration application for the PTC Windchill PLM system. This is the latest in the growing list of leading CAD, CAE, and PLM software supported by dedicated Granta MI:Materials Gateway applications.
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
Automotive conference to address growing sector demand for aluminium
Leading figures from the British automotive industry will discuss the growing demand for aluminium amongst carmakers at a special conference in Birmingham this autumn. The conference is being organised by ALFED, the Aluminium Federation, supported by Jaguar Land Rover and the SMMT. Sessions will cov
Materials innovations forecast to play key role in armour protection for helicopters and boats
DSM Dyneema, the manufacturer of ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMwPE) fibre, branded as Dyneema, and a specialist in life protection materials and high-performance fibres, sees next-generation materials technologies as an important facet. This view is supported by industry experts who p
Pioneering engine block innovation uses plasma coating
High performance casting specialist Grainger & Worrall (GW) is working in conjunction with Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) to develop a new type of cylinder block that uses plasma coatings to reduce the weight and size of engines.
Advanced thermal system to process battery materials
Harper International, world leader in custom thermal processing solutions for advanced materials, has been awarded a contract for a high volume Rotary furnace system by Prayon, headquartered in Belgium. The innovative reactor will be used for drying and calcining of Prayon’s advanced iron phosphate
Materials information management software embeds enterprise materials information experience
Granta Design has announced GRANTA MI Version 9, the latest version of its leading materials information management software, delivering a series of new tools based on extensive experience and feedback from enterprise implementations worldwide. This major annual release rolls-up all the upgrades and
Trumpf to offer selective laser melting for 3D printing of metals
German industrial machining and tooling equipment manufacturer Trumpf has added another type of metal 3D printing technology to its portfolio. This makes Trumpf the only manufacturer to offer all of the major laser 3D printing technologies.
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
Unlocking the potential of Graphene
CPI has received £14m from Innovate UK to create the UK’s Graphene Applications Innovation Centre to assist companies to develop, prove and commercialise products using graphene technologies. The centre offers access to a world-leading capability in the development of graphene, printable and fo
Ceramics keep supersonic record challenger cool
Cooling a 135,000bhp, 1000mph car poses critical challenges for safety and performance that now, just six months ahead of the first run, the Bloodhound team is looking to solve.
Carbon nanofibres can be made from carbon dioxide in the air
Scientists in the US have found a way to take carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air and make carbon nanofibres, a valuable manufacturing material. But can they be made in sufficient volumes to contribute to climate change?
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.
PEEK and PPA grades get NSF approval for food processing and household appliances
Newly certified grades expand Solvay's Polymer solutions for highly demanding food processing and consumer appliances.
Optical inspection system for advanced fibre reinforced plastics
At Hannover Messe 2015 Vitronic presented a new system for automated optical 2D/3D position detection and quality inspection for CFRP and GFRP cuts and components used in production processes. Examples of components from the automotive industry will be shown where the systems are already being succe
Rubber material based on bio-renewable polymer for fluid applications
The bio-renewable rubber, for which development by Freudenberg began in 2012, is made from polymer which has its beginnings with sugarcane. The sugarcane-produced ethanol is then converted into ethylene, which forms a substantial portion of the base polymer.
Loopwheels - re-inventing the wheel
Loopwheels is a shock-absorbing wheel with an integral suspension system. It was created with the help of an Araldite composite bonder and has been nominated for the prestigious ′Designs of the Year 2015’ sponsored by the Design Museum in the UK.
Government funding to accelerate vehicle weight reduction through composites
Sigmatex, the independent converter of carbon fibre, has been awarded Government Funding through the Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI) for a project that aims to produce higher volumes of composites in the UK to accelerate vehicle lightweighting. The Sigmatex LX Programme is one
PU tooling system cures extremely quickly
Huntsman has announced a major tooling technology breakthrough - a new polyurethane resin system that cures extremely quickly and allows the production of high heat stable modelling, tooling and rapid prototyping boards. The availability for the first time of an effective, high temperature stable po
Gateway provides faster, easier access to materials data
Granta Design has released Granta MI:Materials Gateway 3.0, its third generation means of accessing managed materials data within Computer-Aided Design (CAD), Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE), and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) systems.
Understanding the reinforcing ability of carbon nanotubes in ceramics
Researchers at the National Institute for Materials Science in Japan are exploring what is preventing the reinforcing ability of carbon nanotubes from being used in a ceramic matrix.
Hand-held laminating tool - the dibber - for layup of advanced composite components
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 tra
Ultrafast Laser Plasma Implantation (ULPI) to take IT beyond the electronic age
A £5.2 million project led by the University of Leeds is aiming to transform data communications with a new generation of photonic microchips. The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has announced funding for a multi-university research programme and a pilot manufacturin
Functional Materials get UK research financial boost
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),
Industrial materials on display at Industrial Supply 2015
The on-going development of industrial materials for use in engineering components continues to drive growth in the global subcontracting sector. And that growth is coming not just from relatively new materials such as carbon reinforced or glass fibre reinforced plastics; surprising new applications
Range of specialised bronzes expanded
Special bronze alloy dealer FRW CAROBRONZE has expanded its line of highly specialised copper alloys with forged or extruded CuNi14Al2 (UN14A2) and forged or extruded high-strength bronzes CuZn19Al6 (UZ19A6) and CuZn23Al4 (UZ23A4). These alloys are in stock in the form of round bars.
Perpetuus Carbon Group secures commercial partnership with G24 Power
Perpetuus Carbon Group, a producer of high quality, functionalised graphenes, announces a major initiative with G24 Power a company engaged in design and manufacture of dye-sensitised solar cells, a technology which converts light energy into electrical energy. The tie-up will produce graphene enabl
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.
Versatile active brazing alloy process for joining metals to ceramics
Morgan Advanced Materials has highlighted the benefits of its active brazing alloy (ABA) process to join metals to ceramics in a variety of applications where conventional metallisation and brazing are either costly or impractical.
Engineering design platform enables PSA Peugeot CitroŽn to reinforce zero-defect strategy
PSA Peugeot CitroŽn is intensifying the use of Dassault Systèmes' Delmia digital manufacturing platform to help simplify the design process of its body-in-white division, specifically focusing on right-first-time robotics planning.
Distinguished engineer appointed to drive Ulster University composites research capability
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
Significant investment planned to expand CMC testing capacity
USA independent materials testing organization Element Materials Technology has announced plans for a major expansion of its Ceramic Matrix Composites (CMC) testing capacity. Expansion work at Element Cincinnati began in June, with Element anticipating completion before the end of 2014.
Advanced part testing helps innovative oil filter development
Solvay Engineering Plastics has been collaborating with Mahle in the development of oil filter modules using Technyl polyamide resins. The current glycol flow test benches at the company’s Technyl Innovation Centre in Lyon, France, are capable of testing as many as six parts at a time in tempe
Clean cooking with stainless steel
Chronic exposure to smoke from traditional cooking practices is one of the world’s biggest – but least well-known – killers. This new brochure from ISSF explains why stainless steel is part of the solution for this problem. It highlights the health and environmental effects and then introduces diffe
Graphene manufacturer secures exclusive supply agreement for plasma reactors
Haydale has entered into an exclusive development and supply agreement with Tantec A/S, a leading manufacturer of standard and customised plasma reactors. The new reactors to be built and commissioned by Tantec A/S represent another step forward towards the commercialisation of graphene.
Low flammability structural composites and adhesives for aerospace interiors
The use of composite materials on aircraft interiors is emerging from the shadow of composite airframe applications. With fuel prices currently accounting for over a third of operating costs, it is now widely recognised that interior composites can deliver significant cost savings in this area. Comp
Thermo-tolerant yeast can provide more climate-smart ethanol
With a simple mutation, yeast can grow in higher than normal temperatures. Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology demonstrate findings which may result in ethanol being more effectively manufactured for vehicle fuel, as well as increase the possibility of using residual waste as a raw mate
Expanding carbon nanotube manufacturing capacity
Tortech Nanofibres, a subsidiary of Plasan based in Israel, is installing additional capacity for the manufacture of its non-woven carbon nanotube (CNT) sheet at its manufacturing facility. This will more than triple output, once full commissioning is completed in the next few months and is seen as
Researchers watch molecules from smart materials wiggle in real-time
A new crystallographic technique called time-resolved crystallography is being used at the University of Leeds to transform scientists’ ability to observe how molecules work. The method allows reaearchers to observe changes within the structure of molecules. Although fast time-resolved crystallograp
Analytical, optimisation software reduces weight of NASA’s Orion crew vehicle
At the 2014 Composites and Advanced Materials Expo (CAMX) (previously SAMPE), Collier Research Corporation is demonstrating a key software program used to reduce weight on the heat shield of NASA’s Orion Multi-purpose Crew Vehicle. The show runs from 13 to 16 October at the Orange County Convention
French carbon fibre precursor plant targets aerospace market
Hexcel Corporation is to expand its carbon fibre production capacity through the addition of new precursor and carbon fiber lines in Roussillon, France. The $250 million investment will also include the associated Quality Control laboratories and offices.
Aluminium Middle East show highlights industry’s main trends
Globalisation, market dynamics, environment and energy prices are redrawing the world aluminium industry map, with the Middle East in general and the Arabian Gulf countries in particular emerging as the potential winners of the new business paradigm. These so-called mega trends, along with the oppor
Easy to process polyimide resin for high temperature applications
Nexam Chemical introduces Neximid MHT-R, a new easy to process resin for use in high temperature applications, with Tg above 400C. The resin is primarily intended for use in Resin Transfer Molding (RTM) of high temperature composite parts for the aerospace industry. Other areas, such as machine manu
Thermally conductive, two-component epoxy passes medical device specifications
Master Bond EP21AOLV-2Med meets USP Class VI and ISO 10993-5 specifications for medical device applications. It is thermally conductive and a competent electrical insulator.
Graphene-based flexible display produced for first time
A flexible display incorporating graphene in the pixel electronics has been successfully demonstrated by the Cambridge Graphene Centre and Plastic Logic, said to be the first time graphene has been used in a transistor-based flexible device.
Mullite ceramic in industrial waste converted to coating for aircraft turbines
A group of specialists from the Center for Research in Advanced Materials (Cimav), have developed nanostructured coatings capable of withstanding temperatures exceeding 1000C, which are used in aviation turbine components.
Thermoplastic hydrogen storage vessels for fuel cell vehicles
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 Str
Epoxy adhesive demonstrates advantages of ductility on composite single lap joints
An Araldite epoxy adhesive system from Huntsman Advanced Materials has been used in an experiment conducted by a research group, under the direction of Dr Trevor Young of the Irish Centre for Composites Research at the University of Limerick, in which the bondline stress concentrations and the influ
Joint development for commercialising graphene development
Morgan Advanced Materials has announced a new joint development agreement with The University of Manchester, aimed at scaling up a new process for manufacturing graphene – a one-atom thick carbon allotrope first isolated at the university ten years ago and for which two Nobel Prizes were award
Density functional theory shows Ti-V alloys’ superconductivity is inherent, not accidental
Research shows that all of the Ti-V alloys could display a relatively high superconducting transition temperature. It is deduced that spin fluctuations are reflected in the properties of the normal state of electrons. They therefore influence the superconductivity of the alloys in a similar way to t
Application integrates materials knowledge with PLM
At the PTC Live Global event, Granta Design demonstrated a new materials data integration application for the PTC Windchill PLM system. This is the latest in the growing list of leading CAD, CAE, and PLM software supported by dedicated Granta MI:Materials Gateway applications.
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
Automotive conference to address growing sector demand for aluminium
Leading figures from the British automotive industry will discuss the growing demand for aluminium amongst carmakers at a special conference in Birmingham this autumn. The conference is being organised by ALFED, the Aluminium Federation, supported by Jaguar Land Rover and the SMMT. Sessions will cov
Materials innovations forecast to play key role in armour protection for helicopters and boats
DSM Dyneema, the manufacturer of ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMwPE) fibre, branded as Dyneema, and a specialist in life protection materials and high-performance fibres, sees next-generation materials technologies as an important facet. This view is supported by industry experts who p
Pioneering engine block innovation uses plasma coating
High performance casting specialist Grainger & Worrall (GW) is working in conjunction with Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) to develop a new type of cylinder block that uses plasma coatings to reduce the weight and size of engines.
Advanced thermal system to process battery materials
Harper International, world leader in custom thermal processing solutions for advanced materials, has been awarded a contract for a high volume Rotary furnace system by Prayon, headquartered in Belgium. The innovative reactor will be used for drying and calcining of Prayon’s advanced iron phosphate
Materials information management software embeds enterprise materials information experience
Granta Design has announced GRANTA MI Version 9, the latest version of its leading materials information management software, delivering a series of new tools based on extensive experience and feedback from enterprise implementations worldwide. This major annual release rolls-up all the upgrades and
Trumpf to offer selective laser melting for 3D printing of metals
German industrial machining and tooling equipment manufacturer Trumpf has added another type of metal 3D printing technology to its portfolio. This makes Trumpf the only manufacturer to offer all of the major laser 3D printing technologies.
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
Unlocking the potential of Graphene
CPI has received £14m from Innovate UK to create the UK’s Graphene Applications Innovation Centre to assist companies to develop, prove and commercialise products using graphene technologies. The centre offers access to a world-leading capability in the development of graphene, printable and fo
Ceramics keep supersonic record challenger cool
Cooling a 135,000bhp, 1000mph car poses critical challenges for safety and performance that now, just six months ahead of the first run, the Bloodhound team is looking to solve.
Carbon nanofibres can be made from carbon dioxide in the air
Scientists in the US have found a way to take carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air and make carbon nanofibres, a valuable manufacturing material. But can they be made in sufficient volumes to contribute to climate change?
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.
PEEK and PPA grades get NSF approval for food processing and household appliances
Newly certified grades expand Solvay's Polymer solutions for highly demanding food processing and consumer appliances.
Optical inspection system for advanced fibre reinforced plastics
At Hannover Messe 2015 Vitronic presented a new system for automated optical 2D/3D position detection and quality inspection for CFRP and GFRP cuts and components used in production processes. Examples of components from the automotive industry will be shown where the systems are already being succe
Rubber material based on bio-renewable polymer for fluid applications
The bio-renewable rubber, for which development by Freudenberg began in 2012, is made from polymer which has its beginnings with sugarcane. The sugarcane-produced ethanol is then converted into ethylene, which forms a substantial portion of the base polymer.
Loopwheels - re-inventing the wheel
Loopwheels is a shock-absorbing wheel with an integral suspension system. It was created with the help of an Araldite composite bonder and has been nominated for the prestigious ′Designs of the Year 2015’ sponsored by the Design Museum in the UK.
Government funding to accelerate vehicle weight reduction through composites
Sigmatex, the independent converter of carbon fibre, has been awarded Government Funding through the Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI) for a project that aims to produce higher volumes of composites in the UK to accelerate vehicle lightweighting. The Sigmatex LX Programme is one
PU tooling system cures extremely quickly
Huntsman has announced a major tooling technology breakthrough - a new polyurethane resin system that cures extremely quickly and allows the production of high heat stable modelling, tooling and rapid prototyping boards. The availability for the first time of an effective, high temperature stable po
Gateway provides faster, easier access to materials data
Granta Design has released Granta MI:Materials Gateway 3.0, its third generation means of accessing managed materials data within Computer-Aided Design (CAD), Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE), and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) systems.
Understanding the reinforcing ability of carbon nanotubes in ceramics
Researchers at the National Institute for Materials Science in Japan are exploring what is preventing the reinforcing ability of carbon nanotubes from being used in a ceramic matrix.
Hand-held laminating tool - the dibber - for layup of advanced composite components
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 tra
Ultrafast Laser Plasma Implantation (ULPI) to take IT beyond the electronic age
A £5.2 million project led by the University of Leeds is aiming to transform data communications with a new generation of photonic microchips. The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has announced funding for a multi-university research programme and a pilot manufacturin
Functional Materials get UK research financial boost
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),
Industrial materials on display at Industrial Supply 2015
The on-going development of industrial materials for use in engineering components continues to drive growth in the global subcontracting sector. And that growth is coming not just from relatively new materials such as carbon reinforced or glass fibre reinforced plastics; surprising new applications
Range of specialised bronzes expanded
Special bronze alloy dealer FRW CAROBRONZE has expanded its line of highly specialised copper alloys with forged or extruded CuNi14Al2 (UN14A2) and forged or extruded high-strength bronzes CuZn19Al6 (UZ19A6) and CuZn23Al4 (UZ23A4). These alloys are in stock in the form of round bars.
Perpetuus Carbon Group secures commercial partnership with G24 Power
Perpetuus Carbon Group, a producer of high quality, functionalised graphenes, announces a major initiative with G24 Power a company engaged in design and manufacture of dye-sensitised solar cells, a technology which converts light energy into electrical energy. The tie-up will produce graphene enabl
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.
Versatile active brazing alloy process for joining metals to ceramics
Morgan Advanced Materials has highlighted the benefits of its active brazing alloy (ABA) process to join metals to ceramics in a variety of applications where conventional metallisation and brazing are either costly or impractical.
Engineering design platform enables PSA Peugeot CitroŽn to reinforce zero-defect strategy
PSA Peugeot CitroŽn is intensifying the use of Dassault Systèmes' Delmia digital manufacturing platform to help simplify the design process of its body-in-white division, specifically focusing on right-first-time robotics planning.
Distinguished engineer appointed to drive Ulster University composites research capability
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
Significant investment planned to expand CMC testing capacity
USA independent materials testing organization Element Materials Technology has announced plans for a major expansion of its Ceramic Matrix Composites (CMC) testing capacity. Expansion work at Element Cincinnati began in June, with Element anticipating completion before the end of 2014.
Advanced part testing helps innovative oil filter development
Solvay Engineering Plastics has been collaborating with Mahle in the development of oil filter modules using Technyl polyamide resins. The current glycol flow test benches at the company’s Technyl Innovation Centre in Lyon, France, are capable of testing as many as six parts at a time in tempe
Clean cooking with stainless steel
Chronic exposure to smoke from traditional cooking practices is one of the world’s biggest – but least well-known – killers. This new brochure from ISSF explains why stainless steel is part of the solution for this problem. It highlights the health and environmental effects and then introduces diffe
Graphene manufacturer secures exclusive supply agreement for plasma reactors
Haydale has entered into an exclusive development and supply agreement with Tantec A/S, a leading manufacturer of standard and customised plasma reactors. The new reactors to be built and commissioned by Tantec A/S represent another step forward towards the commercialisation of graphene.
Low flammability structural composites and adhesives for aerospace interiors
The use of composite materials on aircraft interiors is emerging from the shadow of composite airframe applications. With fuel prices currently accounting for over a third of operating costs, it is now widely recognised that interior composites can deliver significant cost savings in this area. Comp
Thermo-tolerant yeast can provide more climate-smart ethanol
With a simple mutation, yeast can grow in higher than normal temperatures. Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology demonstrate findings which may result in ethanol being more effectively manufactured for vehicle fuel, as well as increase the possibility of using residual waste as a raw mate
Expanding carbon nanotube manufacturing capacity
Tortech Nanofibres, a subsidiary of Plasan based in Israel, is installing additional capacity for the manufacture of its non-woven carbon nanotube (CNT) sheet at its manufacturing facility. This will more than triple output, once full commissioning is completed in the next few months and is seen as
Researchers watch molecules from smart materials wiggle in real-time
A new crystallographic technique called time-resolved crystallography is being used at the University of Leeds to transform scientists’ ability to observe how molecules work. The method allows reaearchers to observe changes within the structure of molecules. Although fast time-resolved crystallograp
Analytical, optimisation software reduces weight of NASA’s Orion crew vehicle
At the 2014 Composites and Advanced Materials Expo (CAMX) (previously SAMPE), Collier Research Corporation is demonstrating a key software program used to reduce weight on the heat shield of NASA’s Orion Multi-purpose Crew Vehicle. The show runs from 13 to 16 October at the Orange County Convention
French carbon fibre precursor plant targets aerospace market
Hexcel Corporation is to expand its carbon fibre production capacity through the addition of new precursor and carbon fiber lines in Roussillon, France. The $250 million investment will also include the associated Quality Control laboratories and offices.
Aluminium Middle East show highlights industry’s main trends
Globalisation, market dynamics, environment and energy prices are redrawing the world aluminium industry map, with the Middle East in general and the Arabian Gulf countries in particular emerging as the potential winners of the new business paradigm. These so-called mega trends, along with the oppor
Easy to process polyimide resin for high temperature applications
Nexam Chemical introduces Neximid MHT-R, a new easy to process resin for use in high temperature applications, with Tg above 400C. The resin is primarily intended for use in Resin Transfer Molding (RTM) of high temperature composite parts for the aerospace industry. Other areas, such as machine manu
Thermally conductive, two-component epoxy passes medical device specifications
Master Bond EP21AOLV-2Med meets USP Class VI and ISO 10993-5 specifications for medical device applications. It is thermally conductive and a competent electrical insulator.
Graphene-based flexible display produced for first time
A flexible display incorporating graphene in the pixel electronics has been successfully demonstrated by the Cambridge Graphene Centre and Plastic Logic, said to be the first time graphene has been used in a transistor-based flexible device.
Mullite ceramic in industrial waste converted to coating for aircraft turbines
A group of specialists from the Center for Research in Advanced Materials (Cimav), have developed nanostructured coatings capable of withstanding temperatures exceeding 1000C, which are used in aviation turbine components.
Thermoplastic hydrogen storage vessels for fuel cell vehicles
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 Str
Epoxy adhesive demonstrates advantages of ductility on composite single lap joints
An Araldite epoxy adhesive system from Huntsman Advanced Materials has been used in an experiment conducted by a research group, under the direction of Dr Trevor Young of the Irish Centre for Composites Research at the University of Limerick, in which the bondline stress concentrations and the influ
Joint development for commercialising graphene development
Morgan Advanced Materials has announced a new joint development agreement with The University of Manchester, aimed at scaling up a new process for manufacturing graphene – a one-atom thick carbon allotrope first isolated at the university ten years ago and for which two Nobel Prizes were award
Density functional theory shows Ti-V alloys’ superconductivity is inherent, not accidental
Research shows that all of the Ti-V alloys could display a relatively high superconducting transition temperature. It is deduced that spin fluctuations are reflected in the properties of the normal state of electrons. They therefore influence the superconductivity of the alloys in a similar way to t
Application integrates materials knowledge with PLM
At the PTC Live Global event, Granta Design demonstrated a new materials data integration application for the PTC Windchill PLM system. This is the latest in the growing list of leading CAD, CAE, and PLM software supported by dedicated Granta MI:Materials Gateway applications.
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
Automotive conference to address growing sector demand for aluminium
Leading figures from the British automotive industry will discuss the growing demand for aluminium amongst carmakers at a special conference in Birmingham this autumn. The conference is being organised by ALFED, the Aluminium Federation, supported by Jaguar Land Rover and the SMMT. Sessions will cov
Materials innovations forecast to play key role in armour protection for helicopters and boats
DSM Dyneema, the manufacturer of ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMwPE) fibre, branded as Dyneema, and a specialist in life protection materials and high-performance fibres, sees next-generation materials technologies as an important facet. This view is supported by industry experts who p
Pioneering engine block innovation uses plasma coating
High performance casting specialist Grainger & Worrall (GW) is working in conjunction with Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) to develop a new type of cylinder block that uses plasma coatings to reduce the weight and size of engines.
Advanced thermal system to process battery materials
Harper International, world leader in custom thermal processing solutions for advanced materials, has been awarded a contract for a high volume Rotary furnace system by Prayon, headquartered in Belgium. The innovative reactor will be used for drying and calcining of Prayon’s advanced iron phosphate
Materials information management software embeds enterprise materials information experience
Granta Design has announced GRANTA MI Version 9, the latest version of its leading materials information management software, delivering a series of new tools based on extensive experience and feedback from enterprise implementations worldwide. This major annual release rolls-up all the upgrades and
Trumpf to offer selective laser melting for 3D printing of metals
German industrial machining and tooling equipment manufacturer Trumpf has added another type of metal 3D printing technology to its portfolio. This makes Trumpf the only manufacturer to offer all of the major laser 3D printing technologies.
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
Unlocking the potential of Graphene
CPI has received £14m from Innovate UK to create the UK’s Graphene Applications Innovation Centre to assist companies to develop, prove and commercialise products using graphene technologies. The centre offers access to a world-leading capability in the development of graphene, printable and fo
Ceramics keep supersonic record challenger cool
Cooling a 135,000bhp, 1000mph car poses critical challenges for safety and performance that now, just six months ahead of the first run, the Bloodhound team is looking to solve.
Carbon nanofibres can be made from carbon dioxide in the air
Scientists in the US have found a way to take carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air and make carbon nanofibres, a valuable manufacturing material. But can they be made in sufficient volumes to contribute to climate change?
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.
PEEK and PPA grades get NSF approval for food processing and household appliances
Newly certified grades expand Solvay's Polymer solutions for highly demanding food processing and consumer appliances.
Optical inspection system for advanced fibre reinforced plastics
At Hannover Messe 2015 Vitronic presented a new system for automated optical 2D/3D position detection and quality inspection for CFRP and GFRP cuts and components used in production processes. Examples of components from the automotive industry will be shown where the systems are already being succe
Rubber material based on bio-renewable polymer for fluid applications
The bio-renewable rubber, for which development by Freudenberg began in 2012, is made from polymer which has its beginnings with sugarcane. The sugarcane-produced ethanol is then converted into ethylene, which forms a substantial portion of the base polymer.
Loopwheels - re-inventing the wheel
Loopwheels is a shock-absorbing wheel with an integral suspension system. It was created with the help of an Araldite composite bonder and has been nominated for the prestigious ′Designs of the Year 2015’ sponsored by the Design Museum in the UK.
Government funding to accelerate vehicle weight reduction through composites
Sigmatex, the independent converter of carbon fibre, has been awarded Government Funding through the Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI) for a project that aims to produce higher volumes of composites in the UK to accelerate vehicle lightweighting. The Sigmatex LX Programme is one
PU tooling system cures extremely quickly
Huntsman has announced a major tooling technology breakthrough - a new polyurethane resin system that cures extremely quickly and allows the production of high heat stable modelling, tooling and rapid prototyping boards. The availability for the first time of an effective, high temperature stable po
Gateway provides faster, easier access to materials data
Granta Design has released Granta MI:Materials Gateway 3.0, its third generation means of accessing managed materials data within Computer-Aided Design (CAD), Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE), and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) systems.
Understanding the reinforcing ability of carbon nanotubes in ceramics
Researchers at the National Institute for Materials Science in Japan are exploring what is preventing the reinforcing ability of carbon nanotubes from being used in a ceramic matrix.
Hand-held laminating tool - the dibber - for layup of advanced composite components
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 tra
Ultrafast Laser Plasma Implantation (ULPI) to take IT beyond the electronic age
A £5.2 million project led by the University of Leeds is aiming to transform data communications with a new generation of photonic microchips. The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has announced funding for a multi-university research programme and a pilot manufacturin
Functional Materials get UK research financial boost
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),
Industrial materials on display at Industrial Supply 2015
The on-going development of industrial materials for use in engineering components continues to drive growth in the global subcontracting sector. And that growth is coming not just from relatively new materials such as carbon reinforced or glass fibre reinforced plastics; surprising new applications
Range of specialised bronzes expanded
Special bronze alloy dealer FRW CAROBRONZE has expanded its line of highly specialised copper alloys with forged or extruded CuNi14Al2 (UN14A2) and forged or extruded high-strength bronzes CuZn19Al6 (UZ19A6) and CuZn23Al4 (UZ23A4). These alloys are in stock in the form of round bars.
Perpetuus Carbon Group secures commercial partnership with G24 Power
Perpetuus Carbon Group, a producer of high quality, functionalised graphenes, announces a major initiative with G24 Power a company engaged in design and manufacture of dye-sensitised solar cells, a technology which converts light energy into electrical energy. The tie-up will produce graphene enabl
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.
Versatile active brazing alloy process for joining metals to ceramics
Morgan Advanced Materials has highlighted the benefits of its active brazing alloy (ABA) process to join metals to ceramics in a variety of applications where conventional metallisation and brazing are either costly or impractical.
Engineering design platform enables PSA Peugeot CitroŽn to reinforce zero-defect strategy
PSA Peugeot CitroŽn is intensifying the use of Dassault Systèmes' Delmia digital manufacturing platform to help simplify the design process of its body-in-white division, specifically focusing on right-first-time robotics planning.
Distinguished engineer appointed to drive Ulster University composites research capability
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
Significant investment planned to expand CMC testing capacity
USA independent materials testing organization Element Materials Technology has announced plans for a major expansion of its Ceramic Matrix Composites (CMC) testing capacity. Expansion work at Element Cincinnati began in June, with Element anticipating completion before the end of 2014.
Advanced part testing helps innovative oil filter development
Solvay Engineering Plastics has been collaborating with Mahle in the development of oil filter modules using Technyl polyamide resins. The current glycol flow test benches at the company’s Technyl Innovation Centre in Lyon, France, are capable of testing as many as six parts at a time in tempe
Clean cooking with stainless steel
Chronic exposure to smoke from traditional cooking practices is one of the world’s biggest – but least well-known – killers. This new brochure from ISSF explains why stainless steel is part of the solution for this problem. It highlights the health and environmental effects and then introduces diffe
Graphene manufacturer secures exclusive supply agreement for plasma reactors
Haydale has entered into an exclusive development and supply agreement with Tantec A/S, a leading manufacturer of standard and customised plasma reactors. The new reactors to be built and commissioned by Tantec A/S represent another step forward towards the commercialisation of graphene.
Low flammability structural composites and adhesives for aerospace interiors
The use of composite materials on aircraft interiors is emerging from the shadow of composite airframe applications. With fuel prices currently accounting for over a third of operating costs, it is now widely recognised that interior composites can deliver significant cost savings in this area. Comp
Thermo-tolerant yeast can provide more climate-smart ethanol
With a simple mutation, yeast can grow in higher than normal temperatures. Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology demonstrate findings which may result in ethanol being more effectively manufactured for vehicle fuel, as well as increase the possibility of using residual waste as a raw mate
Expanding carbon nanotube manufacturing capacity
Tortech Nanofibres, a subsidiary of Plasan based in Israel, is installing additional capacity for the manufacture of its non-woven carbon nanotube (CNT) sheet at its manufacturing facility. This will more than triple output, once full commissioning is completed in the next few months and is seen as
Researchers watch molecules from smart materials wiggle in real-time
A new crystallographic technique called time-resolved crystallography is being used at the University of Leeds to transform scientists’ ability to observe how molecules work. The method allows reaearchers to observe changes within the structure of molecules. Although fast time-resolved crystallograp
Analytical, optimisation software reduces weight of NASA’s Orion crew vehicle
At the 2014 Composites and Advanced Materials Expo (CAMX) (previously SAMPE), Collier Research Corporation is demonstrating a key software program used to reduce weight on the heat shield of NASA’s Orion Multi-purpose Crew Vehicle. The show runs from 13 to 16 October at the Orange County Convention
French carbon fibre precursor plant targets aerospace market
Hexcel Corporation is to expand its carbon fibre production capacity through the addition of new precursor and carbon fiber lines in Roussillon, France. The $250 million investment will also include the associated Quality Control laboratories and offices.
Aluminium Middle East show highlights industry’s main trends
Globalisation, market dynamics, environment and energy prices are redrawing the world aluminium industry map, with the Middle East in general and the Arabian Gulf countries in particular emerging as the potential winners of the new business paradigm. These so-called mega trends, along with the oppor
Easy to process polyimide resin for high temperature applications
Nexam Chemical introduces Neximid MHT-R, a new easy to process resin for use in high temperature applications, with Tg above 400C. The resin is primarily intended for use in Resin Transfer Molding (RTM) of high temperature composite parts for the aerospace industry. Other areas, such as machine manu
Thermally conductive, two-component epoxy passes medical device specifications
Master Bond EP21AOLV-2Med meets USP Class VI and ISO 10993-5 specifications for medical device applications. It is thermally conductive and a competent electrical insulator.
Graphene-based flexible display produced for first time
A flexible display incorporating graphene in the pixel electronics has been successfully demonstrated by the Cambridge Graphene Centre and Plastic Logic, said to be the first time graphene has been used in a transistor-based flexible device.
Mullite ceramic in industrial waste converted to coating for aircraft turbines
A group of specialists from the Center for Research in Advanced Materials (Cimav), have developed nanostructured coatings capable of withstanding temperatures exceeding 1000C, which are used in aviation turbine components.
Thermoplastic hydrogen storage vessels for fuel cell vehicles
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 Str
Epoxy adhesive demonstrates advantages of ductility on composite single lap joints
An Araldite epoxy adhesive system from Huntsman Advanced Materials has been used in an experiment conducted by a research group, under the direction of Dr Trevor Young of the Irish Centre for Composites Research at the University of Limerick, in which the bondline stress concentrations and the influ
Joint development for commercialising graphene development
Morgan Advanced Materials has announced a new joint development agreement with The University of Manchester, aimed at scaling up a new process for manufacturing graphene – a one-atom thick carbon allotrope first isolated at the university ten years ago and for which two Nobel Prizes were award
Density functional theory shows Ti-V alloys’ superconductivity is inherent, not accidental
Research shows that all of the Ti-V alloys could display a relatively high superconducting transition temperature. It is deduced that spin fluctuations are reflected in the properties of the normal state of electrons. They therefore influence the superconductivity of the alloys in a similar way to t
Application integrates materials knowledge with PLM
At the PTC Live Global event, Granta Design demonstrated a new materials data integration application for the PTC Windchill PLM system. This is the latest in the growing list of leading CAD, CAE, and PLM software supported by dedicated Granta MI:Materials Gateway applications.
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
Automotive conference to address growing sector demand for aluminium
Leading figures from the British automotive industry will discuss the growing demand for aluminium amongst carmakers at a special conference in Birmingham this autumn. The conference is being organised by ALFED, the Aluminium Federation, supported by Jaguar Land Rover and the SMMT. Sessions will cov
Materials innovations forecast to play key role in armour protection for helicopters and boats
DSM Dyneema, the manufacturer of ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMwPE) fibre, branded as Dyneema, and a specialist in life protection materials and high-performance fibres, sees next-generation materials technologies as an important facet. This view is supported by industry experts who p
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