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Engineering Plastics
Smart Molecule heat performance technology
Solvay has launched at K2016 the resin Technyl REDx, a new heat performance polyamide 6.6 (PA66) integrating a unique smart molecule self-reinforcement technology. This innovative material is aimed at demanding thermal management systems, especially in the automotive industry.
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
The future of nanotechnology beyond 2016
Nanotechnology is one of the fastest growing areas in technology and science. First introduced in 1959 by physicist Richard Feynman, nanotechnology is the practice of manipulating matter at the atomic and molecular level. Lauren Willison, Director of Admissions at Florida Polytechnic University, rev
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
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
Sensor mimics bats to detect dangerous structural cracks
An ultrasound sensor for detecting dangerous cracks in structures such as aircraft engines, oil and gas pipelines and nuclear plants has been developed by researchers at the University of Strathclyde – with inspiration from the natural world.
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.
Layered semiconducting black arsenic phosphorus alternative to silicon
Graphene, the only one atom thick carbon network, achieved overnight fame with the 2010 Nobel Prize. But now comes competition: Such layers can also be formed by black phosphorous. Chemists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have now developed a semiconducting material in which individual p
Materials information can be accessed twice as fast
Granta Design has announced further major performance, deployment, and functional enhancements to its Granta MI Version 8.1 system for enterprise materials information management, including enabling users to access data twice as fast.
Non-toxic thermal fluid makes solar energy more efficient
Thermal fluid specialist Global Heat Transfer has launched its first non toxic heat transfer fluid for solar applications, Globaltherm Omnipure. The new, high performance, thermal fluid also boasts low flammability, making solar applications safer, while also reducing insurance and maintenance costs
Albumin-glycerol blended bioplastic shows promise for antibacterial packaging
Bioplastics made from protein sources such as albumin and whey have shown significant antibacterial properties, findings that could eventually lead to their use in plastics used in medical applications such as wound healing dressings, sutures, catheter tubes and drug delivery, according to a recent
3D printed, CNC machined, or moulded prototypes - which and when?
This article by Proto Labs looks at the respective roles in prototyping of 3D printing, CNC machining and injection moulding.
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
Clean Soderberg project reduces aluminium smelting emissions
UC RUSAL has launch the Clean Soderberg project at its Irkutsk aluminium smelter (IrkAZ). The total cost of this modernisation project (from 2010 to 2020) is estimated at $122 million. The technology is designed to drastically reduce emissions of pot gases into the atmosphere, increase the energy ef
Field enhanced sintering for low energy ceramics firing
Low energy technology pioneered in the heart of the UK’s ceramics industry has had a significant result. A world-first in the development of pioneering low-energy firing technology, based on so-called Field Enhanced Sintering is now a huge step closer after engineers and scientists working on the pr
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
Cobalt-oxide mesoporous nanospheres key to longer life auto batteries
Lithium-ion batteries power our phones, laptops, and many other portable electronic devices. But there are limitations inherent in current lithium-ion technology that prevent them from being used more widely in electric vehicles and other high-power applications.
2D nitrogenated crystals new potential rival for graphene
Researchers in South Korea have, for the first time, developed a simple technique to produce a two-dimensional nitrogen-containing crystal that has the capacity to be a potential rival to graphene and silicon as semi-conductor materials.
Transforming food waste into graphene and renewable hydrogen
The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) is leading a European collaborative project that aims to transform food waste into a sustainable source of significant economic added value - namely graphene and renewable hydrogen. The project titled ′PlasCarb’ will transform biogas generated by the ana
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.
Hybrid multiferroics for improved data storage and new wireless applications
To exploit and control magnetism, technology often relies on electromagnets, which limit hardware configurations due to their size and energy consumption. As an alternative, scientists are beginning to develop hybrid nanomaterials that are responsive to both electric and magnetic fields. These mater
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
Metal-oxide clusters for molecular storage devices could bridge memory gap
New molecules could be the key to solving a looming problem with flash memory storage, researchers from the University of Glasgow are saying.
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.
Dutch polymer giant opens international research centre for innovative materials
Royal DSM has opened a new centre for research into and development of high-performance materials on the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Sittard-Geleen, the Netherlands. The completion of DSM's largest materials centre worldwide is part of the €100 million investment in knowledge and innovation
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.
Selective brush plating for industrial applications
"Why take the surface to the tank when you can take the tank to the surface?’ is the idea on which the portable, selective brush plating process is based. Derek Vanek of SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts (ASC) - part of Norman Hay - discusses the application benefits and possibilities of selective pla
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
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 polyami
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.
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
Thorium to replace uranium for improved nuclear design?
An international project is developing a radical new type of nuclear power station that is safer, more cost-effective, compact, quicker and less disruptive to build than any previously constructed. Specifically, it is exploring whether the element thorium could help to meet the new design’s fuel nee
Tribo-filament for 3D printers
Plastics specialist Igus has developed a new tribo-polymer filament for 3D printers, developed to create structurally robust prototypes or small batch components for test in real-world applications. Suitable for use with any 3D printer that has a heated nozzle, print bed and uses ABS filaments, the
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.
For electronics beyond silicon, correlated oxides emerge
Using a quantum material called a correlated oxide, Harvard researchers have achieved a reversible change in electrical resistance of eight orders of magnitude, a result the researchers are calling "colossal.’ In short, they have engineered this material to perform comparably with the bes
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.
PPS (polyphenylene sulphide) acquisition targets high performance markets
Solvay has signed an agreement to buy the Ryton PPS (polyphenylene sulphide) business from US-based petrochemical company Chevron Phillips for $220 million, expanding its offering of high-performance polymers and entering a solid growth market. Completion of the transaction is due in the fourth quar
Functional materials for supercapacitors "becoming a $5bn market by 2025"
IDTechEx Research’s brand new report, Functional Materials for Supercapacitors/Ultracapacitors/EDLC 2015-2025, forecasts that the functional materials for supercapacitors market will reach $5 billion before 2025.
Perovskite spray-on solar cells could help cut the cost of solar energy
Perovskite is a promising new material for solar cells, combing high efficiency with low materials costs. A team of scientists at the University of Sheffield are the first to fabricate perovskite solar cells using a spray-painting process – a discovery that could help cut the cost of solar electrici
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
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.
3D printing: cutting through the hype
Juniper Research announces the launch of a new report and Excel dataset, which provides a guide to the development of the Consumer 3D Printing ecosystem.
Thermal energy machining solves high volume finishing problem for automotive Tier 1 supplier
Proprietary technologies such as TEM (thermal energy machining) are solving increasingly complex finishing challenges faced by manufacturers around the world, including Delphi-TVS is a joint venture between Delphi Corp. (Troy, Michigan USA) and T.V. Sundaram Iyengar & Sons (Kancheepuram, India).
Smart Molecule heat performance technology
Solvay has launched at K2016 the resin Technyl REDx, a new heat performance polyamide 6.6 (PA66) integrating a unique smart molecule self-reinforcement technology. This innovative material is aimed at demanding thermal management systems, especially in the automotive industry.
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
The future of nanotechnology beyond 2016
Nanotechnology is one of the fastest growing areas in technology and science. First introduced in 1959 by physicist Richard Feynman, nanotechnology is the practice of manipulating matter at the atomic and molecular level. Lauren Willison, Director of Admissions at Florida Polytechnic University, rev
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
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
Sensor mimics bats to detect dangerous structural cracks
An ultrasound sensor for detecting dangerous cracks in structures such as aircraft engines, oil and gas pipelines and nuclear plants has been developed by researchers at the University of Strathclyde – with inspiration from the natural world.
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.
Layered semiconducting black arsenic phosphorus alternative to silicon
Graphene, the only one atom thick carbon network, achieved overnight fame with the 2010 Nobel Prize. But now comes competition: Such layers can also be formed by black phosphorous. Chemists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have now developed a semiconducting material in which individual p
Materials information can be accessed twice as fast
Granta Design has announced further major performance, deployment, and functional enhancements to its Granta MI Version 8.1 system for enterprise materials information management, including enabling users to access data twice as fast.
Non-toxic thermal fluid makes solar energy more efficient
Thermal fluid specialist Global Heat Transfer has launched its first non toxic heat transfer fluid for solar applications, Globaltherm Omnipure. The new, high performance, thermal fluid also boasts low flammability, making solar applications safer, while also reducing insurance and maintenance costs
Albumin-glycerol blended bioplastic shows promise for antibacterial packaging
Bioplastics made from protein sources such as albumin and whey have shown significant antibacterial properties, findings that could eventually lead to their use in plastics used in medical applications such as wound healing dressings, sutures, catheter tubes and drug delivery, according to a recent
3D printed, CNC machined, or moulded prototypes - which and when?
This article by Proto Labs looks at the respective roles in prototyping of 3D printing, CNC machining and injection moulding.
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
Clean Soderberg project reduces aluminium smelting emissions
UC RUSAL has launch the Clean Soderberg project at its Irkutsk aluminium smelter (IrkAZ). The total cost of this modernisation project (from 2010 to 2020) is estimated at $122 million. The technology is designed to drastically reduce emissions of pot gases into the atmosphere, increase the energy ef
Field enhanced sintering for low energy ceramics firing
Low energy technology pioneered in the heart of the UK’s ceramics industry has had a significant result. A world-first in the development of pioneering low-energy firing technology, based on so-called Field Enhanced Sintering is now a huge step closer after engineers and scientists working on the pr
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
Cobalt-oxide mesoporous nanospheres key to longer life auto batteries
Lithium-ion batteries power our phones, laptops, and many other portable electronic devices. But there are limitations inherent in current lithium-ion technology that prevent them from being used more widely in electric vehicles and other high-power applications.
2D nitrogenated crystals new potential rival for graphene
Researchers in South Korea have, for the first time, developed a simple technique to produce a two-dimensional nitrogen-containing crystal that has the capacity to be a potential rival to graphene and silicon as semi-conductor materials.
Transforming food waste into graphene and renewable hydrogen
The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) is leading a European collaborative project that aims to transform food waste into a sustainable source of significant economic added value - namely graphene and renewable hydrogen. The project titled ′PlasCarb’ will transform biogas generated by the ana
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.
Hybrid multiferroics for improved data storage and new wireless applications
To exploit and control magnetism, technology often relies on electromagnets, which limit hardware configurations due to their size and energy consumption. As an alternative, scientists are beginning to develop hybrid nanomaterials that are responsive to both electric and magnetic fields. These mater
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
Metal-oxide clusters for molecular storage devices could bridge memory gap
New molecules could be the key to solving a looming problem with flash memory storage, researchers from the University of Glasgow are saying.
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.
Dutch polymer giant opens international research centre for innovative materials
Royal DSM has opened a new centre for research into and development of high-performance materials on the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Sittard-Geleen, the Netherlands. The completion of DSM's largest materials centre worldwide is part of the €100 million investment in knowledge and innovation
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.
Selective brush plating for industrial applications
"Why take the surface to the tank when you can take the tank to the surface?’ is the idea on which the portable, selective brush plating process is based. Derek Vanek of SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts (ASC) - part of Norman Hay - discusses the application benefits and possibilities of selective pla
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
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 polyami
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.
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
Thorium to replace uranium for improved nuclear design?
An international project is developing a radical new type of nuclear power station that is safer, more cost-effective, compact, quicker and less disruptive to build than any previously constructed. Specifically, it is exploring whether the element thorium could help to meet the new design’s fuel nee
Tribo-filament for 3D printers
Plastics specialist Igus has developed a new tribo-polymer filament for 3D printers, developed to create structurally robust prototypes or small batch components for test in real-world applications. Suitable for use with any 3D printer that has a heated nozzle, print bed and uses ABS filaments, the
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.
For electronics beyond silicon, correlated oxides emerge
Using a quantum material called a correlated oxide, Harvard researchers have achieved a reversible change in electrical resistance of eight orders of magnitude, a result the researchers are calling "colossal.’ In short, they have engineered this material to perform comparably with the bes
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.
PPS (polyphenylene sulphide) acquisition targets high performance markets
Solvay has signed an agreement to buy the Ryton PPS (polyphenylene sulphide) business from US-based petrochemical company Chevron Phillips for $220 million, expanding its offering of high-performance polymers and entering a solid growth market. Completion of the transaction is due in the fourth quar
Functional materials for supercapacitors "becoming a $5bn market by 2025"
IDTechEx Research’s brand new report, Functional Materials for Supercapacitors/Ultracapacitors/EDLC 2015-2025, forecasts that the functional materials for supercapacitors market will reach $5 billion before 2025.
Perovskite spray-on solar cells could help cut the cost of solar energy
Perovskite is a promising new material for solar cells, combing high efficiency with low materials costs. A team of scientists at the University of Sheffield are the first to fabricate perovskite solar cells using a spray-painting process – a discovery that could help cut the cost of solar electrici
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
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.
3D printing: cutting through the hype
Juniper Research announces the launch of a new report and Excel dataset, which provides a guide to the development of the Consumer 3D Printing ecosystem.
Thermal energy machining solves high volume finishing problem for automotive Tier 1 supplier
Proprietary technologies such as TEM (thermal energy machining) are solving increasingly complex finishing challenges faced by manufacturers around the world, including Delphi-TVS is a joint venture between Delphi Corp. (Troy, Michigan USA) and T.V. Sundaram Iyengar & Sons (Kancheepuram, India).
Smart Molecule heat performance technology
Solvay has launched at K2016 the resin Technyl REDx, a new heat performance polyamide 6.6 (PA66) integrating a unique smart molecule self-reinforcement technology. This innovative material is aimed at demanding thermal management systems, especially in the automotive industry.
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
The future of nanotechnology beyond 2016
Nanotechnology is one of the fastest growing areas in technology and science. First introduced in 1959 by physicist Richard Feynman, nanotechnology is the practice of manipulating matter at the atomic and molecular level. Lauren Willison, Director of Admissions at Florida Polytechnic University, rev
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
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
Sensor mimics bats to detect dangerous structural cracks
An ultrasound sensor for detecting dangerous cracks in structures such as aircraft engines, oil and gas pipelines and nuclear plants has been developed by researchers at the University of Strathclyde – with inspiration from the natural world.
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.
Layered semiconducting black arsenic phosphorus alternative to silicon
Graphene, the only one atom thick carbon network, achieved overnight fame with the 2010 Nobel Prize. But now comes competition: Such layers can also be formed by black phosphorous. Chemists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have now developed a semiconducting material in which individual p
Materials information can be accessed twice as fast
Granta Design has announced further major performance, deployment, and functional enhancements to its Granta MI Version 8.1 system for enterprise materials information management, including enabling users to access data twice as fast.
Non-toxic thermal fluid makes solar energy more efficient
Thermal fluid specialist Global Heat Transfer has launched its first non toxic heat transfer fluid for solar applications, Globaltherm Omnipure. The new, high performance, thermal fluid also boasts low flammability, making solar applications safer, while also reducing insurance and maintenance costs
Albumin-glycerol blended bioplastic shows promise for antibacterial packaging
Bioplastics made from protein sources such as albumin and whey have shown significant antibacterial properties, findings that could eventually lead to their use in plastics used in medical applications such as wound healing dressings, sutures, catheter tubes and drug delivery, according to a recent
3D printed, CNC machined, or moulded prototypes - which and when?
This article by Proto Labs looks at the respective roles in prototyping of 3D printing, CNC machining and injection moulding.
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
Clean Soderberg project reduces aluminium smelting emissions
UC RUSAL has launch the Clean Soderberg project at its Irkutsk aluminium smelter (IrkAZ). The total cost of this modernisation project (from 2010 to 2020) is estimated at $122 million. The technology is designed to drastically reduce emissions of pot gases into the atmosphere, increase the energy ef
Field enhanced sintering for low energy ceramics firing
Low energy technology pioneered in the heart of the UK’s ceramics industry has had a significant result. A world-first in the development of pioneering low-energy firing technology, based on so-called Field Enhanced Sintering is now a huge step closer after engineers and scientists working on the pr
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
Cobalt-oxide mesoporous nanospheres key to longer life auto batteries
Lithium-ion batteries power our phones, laptops, and many other portable electronic devices. But there are limitations inherent in current lithium-ion technology that prevent them from being used more widely in electric vehicles and other high-power applications.
2D nitrogenated crystals new potential rival for graphene
Researchers in South Korea have, for the first time, developed a simple technique to produce a two-dimensional nitrogen-containing crystal that has the capacity to be a potential rival to graphene and silicon as semi-conductor materials.
Transforming food waste into graphene and renewable hydrogen
The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) is leading a European collaborative project that aims to transform food waste into a sustainable source of significant economic added value - namely graphene and renewable hydrogen. The project titled ′PlasCarb’ will transform biogas generated by the ana
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.
Hybrid multiferroics for improved data storage and new wireless applications
To exploit and control magnetism, technology often relies on electromagnets, which limit hardware configurations due to their size and energy consumption. As an alternative, scientists are beginning to develop hybrid nanomaterials that are responsive to both electric and magnetic fields. These mater
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
Metal-oxide clusters for molecular storage devices could bridge memory gap
New molecules could be the key to solving a looming problem with flash memory storage, researchers from the University of Glasgow are saying.
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.
Dutch polymer giant opens international research centre for innovative materials
Royal DSM has opened a new centre for research into and development of high-performance materials on the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Sittard-Geleen, the Netherlands. The completion of DSM's largest materials centre worldwide is part of the €100 million investment in knowledge and innovation
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.
Selective brush plating for industrial applications
"Why take the surface to the tank when you can take the tank to the surface?’ is the idea on which the portable, selective brush plating process is based. Derek Vanek of SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts (ASC) - part of Norman Hay - discusses the application benefits and possibilities of selective pla
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
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 polyami
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.
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
Thorium to replace uranium for improved nuclear design?
An international project is developing a radical new type of nuclear power station that is safer, more cost-effective, compact, quicker and less disruptive to build than any previously constructed. Specifically, it is exploring whether the element thorium could help to meet the new design’s fuel nee
Tribo-filament for 3D printers
Plastics specialist Igus has developed a new tribo-polymer filament for 3D printers, developed to create structurally robust prototypes or small batch components for test in real-world applications. Suitable for use with any 3D printer that has a heated nozzle, print bed and uses ABS filaments, the
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.
For electronics beyond silicon, correlated oxides emerge
Using a quantum material called a correlated oxide, Harvard researchers have achieved a reversible change in electrical resistance of eight orders of magnitude, a result the researchers are calling "colossal.’ In short, they have engineered this material to perform comparably with the bes
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.
PPS (polyphenylene sulphide) acquisition targets high performance markets
Solvay has signed an agreement to buy the Ryton PPS (polyphenylene sulphide) business from US-based petrochemical company Chevron Phillips for $220 million, expanding its offering of high-performance polymers and entering a solid growth market. Completion of the transaction is due in the fourth quar
Functional materials for supercapacitors "becoming a $5bn market by 2025"
IDTechEx Research’s brand new report, Functional Materials for Supercapacitors/Ultracapacitors/EDLC 2015-2025, forecasts that the functional materials for supercapacitors market will reach $5 billion before 2025.
Perovskite spray-on solar cells could help cut the cost of solar energy
Perovskite is a promising new material for solar cells, combing high efficiency with low materials costs. A team of scientists at the University of Sheffield are the first to fabricate perovskite solar cells using a spray-painting process – a discovery that could help cut the cost of solar electrici
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
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.
3D printing: cutting through the hype
Juniper Research announces the launch of a new report and Excel dataset, which provides a guide to the development of the Consumer 3D Printing ecosystem.
Thermal energy machining solves high volume finishing problem for automotive Tier 1 supplier
Proprietary technologies such as TEM (thermal energy machining) are solving increasingly complex finishing challenges faced by manufacturers around the world, including Delphi-TVS is a joint venture between Delphi Corp. (Troy, Michigan USA) and T.V. Sundaram Iyengar & Sons (Kancheepuram, India).
Smart Molecule heat performance technology
Solvay has launched at K2016 the resin Technyl REDx, a new heat performance polyamide 6.6 (PA66) integrating a unique smart molecule self-reinforcement technology. This innovative material is aimed at demanding thermal management systems, especially in the automotive industry.
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
The future of nanotechnology beyond 2016
Nanotechnology is one of the fastest growing areas in technology and science. First introduced in 1959 by physicist Richard Feynman, nanotechnology is the practice of manipulating matter at the atomic and molecular level. Lauren Willison, Director of Admissions at Florida Polytechnic University, rev
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
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
Sensor mimics bats to detect dangerous structural cracks
An ultrasound sensor for detecting dangerous cracks in structures such as aircraft engines, oil and gas pipelines and nuclear plants has been developed by researchers at the University of Strathclyde – with inspiration from the natural world.
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.
Layered semiconducting black arsenic phosphorus alternative to silicon
Graphene, the only one atom thick carbon network, achieved overnight fame with the 2010 Nobel Prize. But now comes competition: Such layers can also be formed by black phosphorous. Chemists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have now developed a semiconducting material in which individual p
Materials information can be accessed twice as fast
Granta Design has announced further major performance, deployment, and functional enhancements to its Granta MI Version 8.1 system for enterprise materials information management, including enabling users to access data twice as fast.
Non-toxic thermal fluid makes solar energy more efficient
Thermal fluid specialist Global Heat Transfer has launched its first non toxic heat transfer fluid for solar applications, Globaltherm Omnipure. The new, high performance, thermal fluid also boasts low flammability, making solar applications safer, while also reducing insurance and maintenance costs
Albumin-glycerol blended bioplastic shows promise for antibacterial packaging
Bioplastics made from protein sources such as albumin and whey have shown significant antibacterial properties, findings that could eventually lead to their use in plastics used in medical applications such as wound healing dressings, sutures, catheter tubes and drug delivery, according to a recent
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.
3D printed, CNC machined, or moulded prototypes - which and when?
This article by Proto Labs looks at the respective roles in prototyping of 3D printing, CNC machining and injection moulding.
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
Clean Soderberg project reduces aluminium smelting emissions
UC RUSAL has launch the Clean Soderberg project at its Irkutsk aluminium smelter (IrkAZ). The total cost of this modernisation project (from 2010 to 2020) is estimated at $122 million. The technology is designed to drastically reduce emissions of pot gases into the atmosphere, increase the energy ef
Field enhanced sintering for low energy ceramics firing
Low energy technology pioneered in the heart of the UK’s ceramics industry has had a significant result. A world-first in the development of pioneering low-energy firing technology, based on so-called Field Enhanced Sintering is now a huge step closer after engineers and scientists working on the pr
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
Cobalt-oxide mesoporous nanospheres key to longer life auto batteries
Lithium-ion batteries power our phones, laptops, and many other portable electronic devices. But there are limitations inherent in current lithium-ion technology that prevent them from being used more widely in electric vehicles and other high-power applications.
2D nitrogenated crystals new potential rival for graphene
Researchers in South Korea have, for the first time, developed a simple technique to produce a two-dimensional nitrogen-containing crystal that has the capacity to be a potential rival to graphene and silicon as semi-conductor materials.
Transforming food waste into graphene and renewable hydrogen
The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) is leading a European collaborative project that aims to transform food waste into a sustainable source of significant economic added value - namely graphene and renewable hydrogen. The project titled ′PlasCarb’ will transform biogas generated by the ana
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.
Hybrid multiferroics for improved data storage and new wireless applications
To exploit and control magnetism, technology often relies on electromagnets, which limit hardware configurations due to their size and energy consumption. As an alternative, scientists are beginning to develop hybrid nanomaterials that are responsive to both electric and magnetic fields. These mater
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
Metal-oxide clusters for molecular storage devices could bridge memory gap
New molecules could be the key to solving a looming problem with flash memory storage, researchers from the University of Glasgow are saying.
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.
Second generation, high performance polyester compound for LED TV applications
Solvay Specialty Polymers has unveiled an enhanced version of its Lavanta high-performance polyester (HPP) for production of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) for televisions and backlight unit applications. The second-generation product – Lavanta 5115 WH 224 – provides significantly improved processabil
Dutch polymer giant opens international research centre for innovative materials
Royal DSM has opened a new centre for research into and development of high-performance materials on the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Sittard-Geleen, the Netherlands. The completion of DSM's largest materials centre worldwide is part of the €100 million investment in knowledge and innovation
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.
Selective brush plating for industrial applications
"Why take the surface to the tank when you can take the tank to the surface?’ is the idea on which the portable, selective brush plating process is based. Derek Vanek of SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts (ASC) - part of Norman Hay - discusses the application benefits and possibilities of selective pla
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
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 polyami
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.
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
Thorium to replace uranium for improved nuclear design?
An international project is developing a radical new type of nuclear power station that is safer, more cost-effective, compact, quicker and less disruptive to build than any previously constructed. Specifically, it is exploring whether the element thorium could help to meet the new design’s fuel nee
Tribo-filament for 3D printers
Plastics specialist Igus has developed a new tribo-polymer filament for 3D printers, developed to create structurally robust prototypes or small batch components for test in real-world applications. Suitable for use with any 3D printer that has a heated nozzle, print bed and uses ABS filaments, the
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.
For electronics beyond silicon, correlated oxides emerge
Using a quantum material called a correlated oxide, Harvard researchers have achieved a reversible change in electrical resistance of eight orders of magnitude, a result the researchers are calling "colossal.’ In short, they have engineered this material to perform comparably with the bes
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.
Transparent silver nanowire (AgNW) mesh electrode could replace brittle, rare ITO in silver cells
Olympus has released a new application note detailing how the quick and non-destructive nature of the Olympus LEXT OLS4100 high-resolution analysis and stitching function capabilities has enhanced research into organic semiconductors and transparent electrodes.
PPS (polyphenylene sulphide) acquisition targets high performance markets
Solvay has signed an agreement to buy the Ryton PPS (polyphenylene sulphide) business from US-based petrochemical company Chevron Phillips for $220 million, expanding its offering of high-performance polymers and entering a solid growth market. Completion of the transaction is due in the fourth quar
Functional materials for supercapacitors "becoming a $5bn market by 2025"
IDTechEx Research’s brand new report, Functional Materials for Supercapacitors/Ultracapacitors/EDLC 2015-2025, forecasts that the functional materials for supercapacitors market will reach $5 billion before 2025.
Perovskite spray-on solar cells could help cut the cost of solar energy
Perovskite is a promising new material for solar cells, combing high efficiency with low materials costs. A team of scientists at the University of Sheffield are the first to fabricate perovskite solar cells using a spray-painting process – a discovery that could help cut the cost of solar electrici
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
Smart Molecule heat performance technology
Solvay has launched at K2016 the resin Technyl REDx, a new heat performance polyamide 6.6 (PA66) integrating a unique smart molecule self-reinforcement technology. This innovative material is aimed at demanding thermal management systems, especially in the automotive industry.
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
The future of nanotechnology beyond 2016
Nanotechnology is one of the fastest growing areas in technology and science. First introduced in 1959 by physicist Richard Feynman, nanotechnology is the practice of manipulating matter at the atomic and molecular level. Lauren Willison, Director of Admissions at Florida Polytechnic University, rev
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
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
Sensor mimics bats to detect dangerous structural cracks
An ultrasound sensor for detecting dangerous cracks in structures such as aircraft engines, oil and gas pipelines and nuclear plants has been developed by researchers at the University of Strathclyde – with inspiration from the natural world.
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.
Layered semiconducting black arsenic phosphorus alternative to silicon
Graphene, the only one atom thick carbon network, achieved overnight fame with the 2010 Nobel Prize. But now comes competition: Such layers can also be formed by black phosphorous. Chemists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have now developed a semiconducting material in which individual p
Materials information can be accessed twice as fast
Granta Design has announced further major performance, deployment, and functional enhancements to its Granta MI Version 8.1 system for enterprise materials information management, including enabling users to access data twice as fast.
Non-toxic thermal fluid makes solar energy more efficient
Thermal fluid specialist Global Heat Transfer has launched its first non toxic heat transfer fluid for solar applications, Globaltherm Omnipure. The new, high performance, thermal fluid also boasts low flammability, making solar applications safer, while also reducing insurance and maintenance costs
Albumin-glycerol blended bioplastic shows promise for antibacterial packaging
Bioplastics made from protein sources such as albumin and whey have shown significant antibacterial properties, findings that could eventually lead to their use in plastics used in medical applications such as wound healing dressings, sutures, catheter tubes and drug delivery, according to a recent
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.
3D printed, CNC machined, or moulded prototypes - which and when?
This article by Proto Labs looks at the respective roles in prototyping of 3D printing, CNC machining and injection moulding.
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
Clean Soderberg project reduces aluminium smelting emissions
UC RUSAL has launch the Clean Soderberg project at its Irkutsk aluminium smelter (IrkAZ). The total cost of this modernisation project (from 2010 to 2020) is estimated at $122 million. The technology is designed to drastically reduce emissions of pot gases into the atmosphere, increase the energy ef
Field enhanced sintering for low energy ceramics firing
Low energy technology pioneered in the heart of the UK’s ceramics industry has had a significant result. A world-first in the development of pioneering low-energy firing technology, based on so-called Field Enhanced Sintering is now a huge step closer after engineers and scientists working on the pr
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
Cobalt-oxide mesoporous nanospheres key to longer life auto batteries
Lithium-ion batteries power our phones, laptops, and many other portable electronic devices. But there are limitations inherent in current lithium-ion technology that prevent them from being used more widely in electric vehicles and other high-power applications.
2D nitrogenated crystals new potential rival for graphene
Researchers in South Korea have, for the first time, developed a simple technique to produce a two-dimensional nitrogen-containing crystal that has the capacity to be a potential rival to graphene and silicon as semi-conductor materials.
Transforming food waste into graphene and renewable hydrogen
The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) is leading a European collaborative project that aims to transform food waste into a sustainable source of significant economic added value - namely graphene and renewable hydrogen. The project titled ′PlasCarb’ will transform biogas generated by the ana
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.
Hybrid multiferroics for improved data storage and new wireless applications
To exploit and control magnetism, technology often relies on electromagnets, which limit hardware configurations due to their size and energy consumption. As an alternative, scientists are beginning to develop hybrid nanomaterials that are responsive to both electric and magnetic fields. These mater
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
Metal-oxide clusters for molecular storage devices could bridge memory gap
New molecules could be the key to solving a looming problem with flash memory storage, researchers from the University of Glasgow are saying.
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.
Second generation, high performance polyester compound for LED TV applications
Solvay Specialty Polymers has unveiled an enhanced version of its Lavanta high-performance polyester (HPP) for production of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) for televisions and backlight unit applications. The second-generation product – Lavanta 5115 WH 224 – provides significantly improved processabil
Dutch polymer giant opens international research centre for innovative materials
Royal DSM has opened a new centre for research into and development of high-performance materials on the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Sittard-Geleen, the Netherlands. The completion of DSM's largest materials centre worldwide is part of the €100 million investment in knowledge and innovation
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.
Selective brush plating for industrial applications
"Why take the surface to the tank when you can take the tank to the surface?’ is the idea on which the portable, selective brush plating process is based. Derek Vanek of SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts (ASC) - part of Norman Hay - discusses the application benefits and possibilities of selective pla
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
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 polyami
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.
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
Thorium to replace uranium for improved nuclear design?
An international project is developing a radical new type of nuclear power station that is safer, more cost-effective, compact, quicker and less disruptive to build than any previously constructed. Specifically, it is exploring whether the element thorium could help to meet the new design’s fuel nee
Tribo-filament for 3D printers
Plastics specialist Igus has developed a new tribo-polymer filament for 3D printers, developed to create structurally robust prototypes or small batch components for test in real-world applications. Suitable for use with any 3D printer that has a heated nozzle, print bed and uses ABS filaments, the
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.
For electronics beyond silicon, correlated oxides emerge
Using a quantum material called a correlated oxide, Harvard researchers have achieved a reversible change in electrical resistance of eight orders of magnitude, a result the researchers are calling "colossal.’ In short, they have engineered this material to perform comparably with the bes
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.
Transparent silver nanowire (AgNW) mesh electrode could replace brittle, rare ITO in silver cells
Olympus has released a new application note detailing how the quick and non-destructive nature of the Olympus LEXT OLS4100 high-resolution analysis and stitching function capabilities has enhanced research into organic semiconductors and transparent electrodes.
PPS (polyphenylene sulphide) acquisition targets high performance markets
Solvay has signed an agreement to buy the Ryton PPS (polyphenylene sulphide) business from US-based petrochemical company Chevron Phillips for $220 million, expanding its offering of high-performance polymers and entering a solid growth market. Completion of the transaction is due in the fourth quar
Functional materials for supercapacitors "becoming a $5bn market by 2025"
IDTechEx Research’s brand new report, Functional Materials for Supercapacitors/Ultracapacitors/EDLC 2015-2025, forecasts that the functional materials for supercapacitors market will reach $5 billion before 2025.
Perovskite spray-on solar cells could help cut the cost of solar energy
Perovskite is a promising new material for solar cells, combing high efficiency with low materials costs. A team of scientists at the University of Sheffield are the first to fabricate perovskite solar cells using a spray-painting process – a discovery that could help cut the cost of solar electrici
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
Smart Molecule heat performance technology
Solvay has launched at K2016 the resin Technyl REDx, a new heat performance polyamide 6.6 (PA66) integrating a unique smart molecule self-reinforcement technology. This innovative material is aimed at demanding thermal management systems, especially in the automotive industry.
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
The future of nanotechnology beyond 2016
Nanotechnology is one of the fastest growing areas in technology and science. First introduced in 1959 by physicist Richard Feynman, nanotechnology is the practice of manipulating matter at the atomic and molecular level. Lauren Willison, Director of Admissions at Florida Polytechnic University, rev
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
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
Sensor mimics bats to detect dangerous structural cracks
An ultrasound sensor for detecting dangerous cracks in structures such as aircraft engines, oil and gas pipelines and nuclear plants has been developed by researchers at the University of Strathclyde – with inspiration from the natural world.
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.
Layered semiconducting black arsenic phosphorus alternative to silicon
Graphene, the only one atom thick carbon network, achieved overnight fame with the 2010 Nobel Prize. But now comes competition: Such layers can also be formed by black phosphorous. Chemists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have now developed a semiconducting material in which individual p
Materials information can be accessed twice as fast
Granta Design has announced further major performance, deployment, and functional enhancements to its Granta MI Version 8.1 system for enterprise materials information management, including enabling users to access data twice as fast.
Non-toxic thermal fluid makes solar energy more efficient
Thermal fluid specialist Global Heat Transfer has launched its first non toxic heat transfer fluid for solar applications, Globaltherm Omnipure. The new, high performance, thermal fluid also boasts low flammability, making solar applications safer, while also reducing insurance and maintenance costs
Albumin-glycerol blended bioplastic shows promise for antibacterial packaging
Bioplastics made from protein sources such as albumin and whey have shown significant antibacterial properties, findings that could eventually lead to their use in plastics used in medical applications such as wound healing dressings, sutures, catheter tubes and drug delivery, according to a recent
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.
3D printed, CNC machined, or moulded prototypes - which and when?
This article by Proto Labs looks at the respective roles in prototyping of 3D printing, CNC machining and injection moulding.
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
Clean Soderberg project reduces aluminium smelting emissions
UC RUSAL has launch the Clean Soderberg project at its Irkutsk aluminium smelter (IrkAZ). The total cost of this modernisation project (from 2010 to 2020) is estimated at $122 million. The technology is designed to drastically reduce emissions of pot gases into the atmosphere, increase the energy ef
Field enhanced sintering for low energy ceramics firing
Low energy technology pioneered in the heart of the UK’s ceramics industry has had a significant result. A world-first in the development of pioneering low-energy firing technology, based on so-called Field Enhanced Sintering is now a huge step closer after engineers and scientists working on the pr
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
Cobalt-oxide mesoporous nanospheres key to longer life auto batteries
Lithium-ion batteries power our phones, laptops, and many other portable electronic devices. But there are limitations inherent in current lithium-ion technology that prevent them from being used more widely in electric vehicles and other high-power applications.
2D nitrogenated crystals new potential rival for graphene
Researchers in South Korea have, for the first time, developed a simple technique to produce a two-dimensional nitrogen-containing crystal that has the capacity to be a potential rival to graphene and silicon as semi-conductor materials.
Transforming food waste into graphene and renewable hydrogen
The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) is leading a European collaborative project that aims to transform food waste into a sustainable source of significant economic added value - namely graphene and renewable hydrogen. The project titled ′PlasCarb’ will transform biogas generated by the ana
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.
Hybrid multiferroics for improved data storage and new wireless applications
To exploit and control magnetism, technology often relies on electromagnets, which limit hardware configurations due to their size and energy consumption. As an alternative, scientists are beginning to develop hybrid nanomaterials that are responsive to both electric and magnetic fields. These mater
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
Metal-oxide clusters for molecular storage devices could bridge memory gap
New molecules could be the key to solving a looming problem with flash memory storage, researchers from the University of Glasgow are saying.
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.
Second generation, high performance polyester compound for LED TV applications
Solvay Specialty Polymers has unveiled an enhanced version of its Lavanta high-performance polyester (HPP) for production of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) for televisions and backlight unit applications. The second-generation product – Lavanta 5115 WH 224 – provides significantly improved processabil
Dutch polymer giant opens international research centre for innovative materials
Royal DSM has opened a new centre for research into and development of high-performance materials on the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Sittard-Geleen, the Netherlands. The completion of DSM's largest materials centre worldwide is part of the €100 million investment in knowledge and innovation
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.
Selective brush plating for industrial applications
"Why take the surface to the tank when you can take the tank to the surface?’ is the idea on which the portable, selective brush plating process is based. Derek Vanek of SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts (ASC) - part of Norman Hay - discusses the application benefits and possibilities of selective pla
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
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 polyami
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.
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
Thorium to replace uranium for improved nuclear design?
An international project is developing a radical new type of nuclear power station that is safer, more cost-effective, compact, quicker and less disruptive to build than any previously constructed. Specifically, it is exploring whether the element thorium could help to meet the new design’s fuel nee
Tribo-filament for 3D printers
Plastics specialist Igus has developed a new tribo-polymer filament for 3D printers, developed to create structurally robust prototypes or small batch components for test in real-world applications. Suitable for use with any 3D printer that has a heated nozzle, print bed and uses ABS filaments, the
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.
For electronics beyond silicon, correlated oxides emerge
Using a quantum material called a correlated oxide, Harvard researchers have achieved a reversible change in electrical resistance of eight orders of magnitude, a result the researchers are calling "colossal.’ In short, they have engineered this material to perform comparably with the bes
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.
Transparent silver nanowire (AgNW) mesh electrode could replace brittle, rare ITO in silver cells
Olympus has released a new application note detailing how the quick and non-destructive nature of the Olympus LEXT OLS4100 high-resolution analysis and stitching function capabilities has enhanced research into organic semiconductors and transparent electrodes.
PPS (polyphenylene sulphide) acquisition targets high performance markets
Solvay has signed an agreement to buy the Ryton PPS (polyphenylene sulphide) business from US-based petrochemical company Chevron Phillips for $220 million, expanding its offering of high-performance polymers and entering a solid growth market. Completion of the transaction is due in the fourth quar
Functional materials for supercapacitors "becoming a $5bn market by 2025"
IDTechEx Research’s brand new report, Functional Materials for Supercapacitors/Ultracapacitors/EDLC 2015-2025, forecasts that the functional materials for supercapacitors market will reach $5 billion before 2025.
Perovskite spray-on solar cells could help cut the cost of solar energy
Perovskite is a promising new material for solar cells, combing high efficiency with low materials costs. A team of scientists at the University of Sheffield are the first to fabricate perovskite solar cells using a spray-painting process – a discovery that could help cut the cost of solar electrici
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
Smart Molecule heat performance technology
Solvay has launched at K2016 the resin Technyl REDx, a new heat performance polyamide 6.6 (PA66) integrating a unique smart molecule self-reinforcement technology. This innovative material is aimed at demanding thermal management systems, especially in the automotive industry.
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
The future of nanotechnology beyond 2016
Nanotechnology is one of the fastest growing areas in technology and science. First introduced in 1959 by physicist Richard Feynman, nanotechnology is the practice of manipulating matter at the atomic and molecular level. Lauren Willison, Director of Admissions at Florida Polytechnic University, rev
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
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
Sensor mimics bats to detect dangerous structural cracks
An ultrasound sensor for detecting dangerous cracks in structures such as aircraft engines, oil and gas pipelines and nuclear plants has been developed by researchers at the University of Strathclyde – with inspiration from the natural world.
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.
First aviation authority approval of lightweight glass products for aircraft interiors
European Aviation Safety Agency issues a Supplemental Type Certificate for AeroGlass Mirror and AeroGlass Lens in a Falcon 900 business jet and a Production Organization Approval Certificate to company’s manufacturing facility in The Netherlands.
Layered semiconducting black arsenic phosphorus alternative to silicon
Graphene, the only one atom thick carbon network, achieved overnight fame with the 2010 Nobel Prize. But now comes competition: Such layers can also be formed by black phosphorous. Chemists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have now developed a semiconducting material in which individual p
Materials information can be accessed twice as fast
Granta Design has announced further major performance, deployment, and functional enhancements to its Granta MI Version 8.1 system for enterprise materials information management, including enabling users to access data twice as fast.
Non-toxic thermal fluid makes solar energy more efficient
Thermal fluid specialist Global Heat Transfer has launched its first non toxic heat transfer fluid for solar applications, Globaltherm Omnipure. The new, high performance, thermal fluid also boasts low flammability, making solar applications safer, while also reducing insurance and maintenance costs
First commercialisation of bi-oriented HDPE bottles made with injection stretch blow moulding
The first product packed with one litre bi-oriented bottles, manufactured by Incoplas Italia in HDPE produced by Total and filled/packed by ICE FOR, are now available on mass market shelves at Italian UNES stores. ICE FOR SpA Industria Chimica Ecologica is a leading producer in Italy of detergents,
Albumin-glycerol blended bioplastic shows promise for antibacterial packaging
Bioplastics made from protein sources such as albumin and whey have shown significant antibacterial properties, findings that could eventually lead to their use in plastics used in medical applications such as wound healing dressings, sutures, catheter tubes and drug delivery, according to a recent
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.
3D printed, CNC machined, or moulded prototypes - which and when?
This article by Proto Labs looks at the respective roles in prototyping of 3D printing, CNC machining and injection moulding.
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
Clean Soderberg project reduces aluminium smelting emissions
UC RUSAL has launch the Clean Soderberg project at its Irkutsk aluminium smelter (IrkAZ). The total cost of this modernisation project (from 2010 to 2020) is estimated at $122 million. The technology is designed to drastically reduce emissions of pot gases into the atmosphere, increase the energy ef
Field enhanced sintering for low energy ceramics firing
Low energy technology pioneered in the heart of the UK’s ceramics industry has had a significant result. A world-first in the development of pioneering low-energy firing technology, based on so-called Field Enhanced Sintering is now a huge step closer after engineers and scientists working on the pr
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
Cobalt-oxide mesoporous nanospheres key to longer life auto batteries
Lithium-ion batteries power our phones, laptops, and many other portable electronic devices. But there are limitations inherent in current lithium-ion technology that prevent them from being used more widely in electric vehicles and other high-power applications.
2D nitrogenated crystals new potential rival for graphene
Researchers in South Korea have, for the first time, developed a simple technique to produce a two-dimensional nitrogen-containing crystal that has the capacity to be a potential rival to graphene and silicon as semi-conductor materials.
Transforming food waste into graphene and renewable hydrogen
The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) is leading a European collaborative project that aims to transform food waste into a sustainable source of significant economic added value - namely graphene and renewable hydrogen. The project titled ′PlasCarb’ will transform biogas generated by the ana
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.
Hybrid multiferroics for improved data storage and new wireless applications
To exploit and control magnetism, technology often relies on electromagnets, which limit hardware configurations due to their size and energy consumption. As an alternative, scientists are beginning to develop hybrid nanomaterials that are responsive to both electric and magnetic fields. These mater
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
UV and moisture cure adhesive for plastics and metals
Recently announced by Intertronics is Dymax 3401 dual cure (UV and moisture) adhesive, designed for rapid bonding of a wide variety of plastic and metal substrates, including PC and ABS applications.
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
Metal-oxide clusters for molecular storage devices could bridge memory gap
New molecules could be the key to solving a looming problem with flash memory storage, researchers from the University of Glasgow are saying.
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.
Second generation, high performance polyester compound for LED TV applications
Solvay Specialty Polymers has unveiled an enhanced version of its Lavanta high-performance polyester (HPP) for production of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) for televisions and backlight unit applications. The second-generation product – Lavanta 5115 WH 224 – provides significantly improved processabil
Dutch polymer giant opens international research centre for innovative materials
Royal DSM has opened a new centre for research into and development of high-performance materials on the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Sittard-Geleen, the Netherlands. The completion of DSM's largest materials centre worldwide is part of the €100 million investment in knowledge and innovation
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.
Selective brush plating for industrial applications
"Why take the surface to the tank when you can take the tank to the surface?’ is the idea on which the portable, selective brush plating process is based. Derek Vanek of SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts (ASC) - part of Norman Hay - discusses the application benefits and possibilities of selective pla
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
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 polyami
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.
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
Thorium to replace uranium for improved nuclear design?
An international project is developing a radical new type of nuclear power station that is safer, more cost-effective, compact, quicker and less disruptive to build than any previously constructed. Specifically, it is exploring whether the element thorium could help to meet the new design’s fuel nee
Tribo-filament for 3D printers
Plastics specialist Igus has developed a new tribo-polymer filament for 3D printers, developed to create structurally robust prototypes or small batch components for test in real-world applications. Suitable for use with any 3D printer that has a heated nozzle, print bed and uses ABS filaments, the
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.
For electronics beyond silicon, correlated oxides emerge
Using a quantum material called a correlated oxide, Harvard researchers have achieved a reversible change in electrical resistance of eight orders of magnitude, a result the researchers are calling "colossal.’ In short, they have engineered this material to perform comparably with the bes
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.
Self-mating parts - searching for symmetry
If a part has the potential to be split into symmetrical halves that can self-mate, Proto Labs recommends exploring that option early in the design process. It could save time and money. Generally speaking, if a manual assembly process that involves screws or ultrasonic welding can be turned into a
Transparent silver nanowire (AgNW) mesh electrode could replace brittle, rare ITO in silver cells
Olympus has released a new application note detailing how the quick and non-destructive nature of the Olympus LEXT OLS4100 high-resolution analysis and stitching function capabilities has enhanced research into organic semiconductors and transparent electrodes.
Smart Molecule heat performance technology
Solvay has launched at K2016 the resin Technyl REDx, a new heat performance polyamide 6.6 (PA66) integrating a unique smart molecule self-reinforcement technology. This innovative material is aimed at demanding thermal management systems, especially in the automotive industry.
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
The future of nanotechnology beyond 2016
Nanotechnology is one of the fastest growing areas in technology and science. First introduced in 1959 by physicist Richard Feynman, nanotechnology is the practice of manipulating matter at the atomic and molecular level. Lauren Willison, Director of Admissions at Florida Polytechnic University, rev
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
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
Sensor mimics bats to detect dangerous structural cracks
An ultrasound sensor for detecting dangerous cracks in structures such as aircraft engines, oil and gas pipelines and nuclear plants has been developed by researchers at the University of Strathclyde – with inspiration from the natural world.
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.
First aviation authority approval of lightweight glass products for aircraft interiors
European Aviation Safety Agency issues a Supplemental Type Certificate for AeroGlass Mirror and AeroGlass Lens in a Falcon 900 business jet and a Production Organization Approval Certificate to company’s manufacturing facility in The Netherlands.
Layered semiconducting black arsenic phosphorus alternative to silicon
Graphene, the only one atom thick carbon network, achieved overnight fame with the 2010 Nobel Prize. But now comes competition: Such layers can also be formed by black phosphorous. Chemists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have now developed a semiconducting material in which individual p
Materials information can be accessed twice as fast
Granta Design has announced further major performance, deployment, and functional enhancements to its Granta MI Version 8.1 system for enterprise materials information management, including enabling users to access data twice as fast.
Non-toxic thermal fluid makes solar energy more efficient
Thermal fluid specialist Global Heat Transfer has launched its first non toxic heat transfer fluid for solar applications, Globaltherm Omnipure. The new, high performance, thermal fluid also boasts low flammability, making solar applications safer, while also reducing insurance and maintenance costs
First commercialisation of bi-oriented HDPE bottles made with injection stretch blow moulding
The first product packed with one litre bi-oriented bottles, manufactured by Incoplas Italia in HDPE produced by Total and filled/packed by ICE FOR, are now available on mass market shelves at Italian UNES stores. ICE FOR SpA Industria Chimica Ecologica is a leading producer in Italy of detergents,
Albumin-glycerol blended bioplastic shows promise for antibacterial packaging
Bioplastics made from protein sources such as albumin and whey have shown significant antibacterial properties, findings that could eventually lead to their use in plastics used in medical applications such as wound healing dressings, sutures, catheter tubes and drug delivery, according to a recent
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.
3D printed, CNC machined, or moulded prototypes - which and when?
This article by Proto Labs looks at the respective roles in prototyping of 3D printing, CNC machining and injection moulding.
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
Clean Soderberg project reduces aluminium smelting emissions
UC RUSAL has launch the Clean Soderberg project at its Irkutsk aluminium smelter (IrkAZ). The total cost of this modernisation project (from 2010 to 2020) is estimated at $122 million. The technology is designed to drastically reduce emissions of pot gases into the atmosphere, increase the energy ef
Field enhanced sintering for low energy ceramics firing
Low energy technology pioneered in the heart of the UK’s ceramics industry has had a significant result. A world-first in the development of pioneering low-energy firing technology, based on so-called Field Enhanced Sintering is now a huge step closer after engineers and scientists working on the pr
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
Cobalt-oxide mesoporous nanospheres key to longer life auto batteries
Lithium-ion batteries power our phones, laptops, and many other portable electronic devices. But there are limitations inherent in current lithium-ion technology that prevent them from being used more widely in electric vehicles and other high-power applications.
2D nitrogenated crystals new potential rival for graphene
Researchers in South Korea have, for the first time, developed a simple technique to produce a two-dimensional nitrogen-containing crystal that has the capacity to be a potential rival to graphene and silicon as semi-conductor materials.
Transforming food waste into graphene and renewable hydrogen
The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) is leading a European collaborative project that aims to transform food waste into a sustainable source of significant economic added value - namely graphene and renewable hydrogen. The project titled ′PlasCarb’ will transform biogas generated by the ana
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.
Hybrid multiferroics for improved data storage and new wireless applications
To exploit and control magnetism, technology often relies on electromagnets, which limit hardware configurations due to their size and energy consumption. As an alternative, scientists are beginning to develop hybrid nanomaterials that are responsive to both electric and magnetic fields. These mater
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
UV and moisture cure adhesive for plastics and metals
Recently announced by Intertronics is Dymax 3401 dual cure (UV and moisture) adhesive, designed for rapid bonding of a wide variety of plastic and metal substrates, including PC and ABS applications.
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
Metal-oxide clusters for molecular storage devices could bridge memory gap
New molecules could be the key to solving a looming problem with flash memory storage, researchers from the University of Glasgow are saying.
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.
Second generation, high performance polyester compound for LED TV applications
Solvay Specialty Polymers has unveiled an enhanced version of its Lavanta high-performance polyester (HPP) for production of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) for televisions and backlight unit applications. The second-generation product – Lavanta 5115 WH 224 – provides significantly improved processabil
Dutch polymer giant opens international research centre for innovative materials
Royal DSM has opened a new centre for research into and development of high-performance materials on the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Sittard-Geleen, the Netherlands. The completion of DSM's largest materials centre worldwide is part of the €100 million investment in knowledge and innovation
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.
Selective brush plating for industrial applications
"Why take the surface to the tank when you can take the tank to the surface?’ is the idea on which the portable, selective brush plating process is based. Derek Vanek of SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts (ASC) - part of Norman Hay - discusses the application benefits and possibilities of selective pla
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
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 polyami
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.
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
Thorium to replace uranium for improved nuclear design?
An international project is developing a radical new type of nuclear power station that is safer, more cost-effective, compact, quicker and less disruptive to build than any previously constructed. Specifically, it is exploring whether the element thorium could help to meet the new design’s fuel nee
Tribo-filament for 3D printers
Plastics specialist Igus has developed a new tribo-polymer filament for 3D printers, developed to create structurally robust prototypes or small batch components for test in real-world applications. Suitable for use with any 3D printer that has a heated nozzle, print bed and uses ABS filaments, the
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.
For electronics beyond silicon, correlated oxides emerge
Using a quantum material called a correlated oxide, Harvard researchers have achieved a reversible change in electrical resistance of eight orders of magnitude, a result the researchers are calling "colossal.’ In short, they have engineered this material to perform comparably with the bes
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.
Self-mating parts - searching for symmetry
If a part has the potential to be split into symmetrical halves that can self-mate, Proto Labs recommends exploring that option early in the design process. It could save time and money. Generally speaking, if a manual assembly process that involves screws or ultrasonic welding can be turned into a
Transparent silver nanowire (AgNW) mesh electrode could replace brittle, rare ITO in silver cells
Olympus has released a new application note detailing how the quick and non-destructive nature of the Olympus LEXT OLS4100 high-resolution analysis and stitching function capabilities has enhanced research into organic semiconductors and transparent electrodes.
Smart Molecule heat performance technology
Solvay has launched at K2016 the resin Technyl REDx, a new heat performance polyamide 6.6 (PA66) integrating a unique smart molecule self-reinforcement technology. This innovative material is aimed at demanding thermal management systems, especially in the automotive industry.
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
The future of nanotechnology beyond 2016
Nanotechnology is one of the fastest growing areas in technology and science. First introduced in 1959 by physicist Richard Feynman, nanotechnology is the practice of manipulating matter at the atomic and molecular level. Lauren Willison, Director of Admissions at Florida Polytechnic University, rev
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
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
Sensor mimics bats to detect dangerous structural cracks
An ultrasound sensor for detecting dangerous cracks in structures such as aircraft engines, oil and gas pipelines and nuclear plants has been developed by researchers at the University of Strathclyde – with inspiration from the natural world.
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.
First aviation authority approval of lightweight glass products for aircraft interiors
European Aviation Safety Agency issues a Supplemental Type Certificate for AeroGlass Mirror and AeroGlass Lens in a Falcon 900 business jet and a Production Organization Approval Certificate to company’s manufacturing facility in The Netherlands.
Layered semiconducting black arsenic phosphorus alternative to silicon
Graphene, the only one atom thick carbon network, achieved overnight fame with the 2010 Nobel Prize. But now comes competition: Such layers can also be formed by black phosphorous. Chemists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have now developed a semiconducting material in which individual p
Materials information can be accessed twice as fast
Granta Design has announced further major performance, deployment, and functional enhancements to its Granta MI Version 8.1 system for enterprise materials information management, including enabling users to access data twice as fast.
Non-toxic thermal fluid makes solar energy more efficient
Thermal fluid specialist Global Heat Transfer has launched its first non toxic heat transfer fluid for solar applications, Globaltherm Omnipure. The new, high performance, thermal fluid also boasts low flammability, making solar applications safer, while also reducing insurance and maintenance costs
First commercialisation of bi-oriented HDPE bottles made with injection stretch blow moulding
The first product packed with one litre bi-oriented bottles, manufactured by Incoplas Italia in HDPE produced by Total and filled/packed by ICE FOR, are now available on mass market shelves at Italian UNES stores. ICE FOR SpA Industria Chimica Ecologica is a leading producer in Italy of detergents,
Albumin-glycerol blended bioplastic shows promise for antibacterial packaging
Bioplastics made from protein sources such as albumin and whey have shown significant antibacterial properties, findings that could eventually lead to their use in plastics used in medical applications such as wound healing dressings, sutures, catheter tubes and drug delivery, according to a recent
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.
3D printed, CNC machined, or moulded prototypes - which and when?
This article by Proto Labs looks at the respective roles in prototyping of 3D printing, CNC machining and injection moulding.
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
Clean Soderberg project reduces aluminium smelting emissions
UC RUSAL has launch the Clean Soderberg project at its Irkutsk aluminium smelter (IrkAZ). The total cost of this modernisation project (from 2010 to 2020) is estimated at $122 million. The technology is designed to drastically reduce emissions of pot gases into the atmosphere, increase the energy ef
Field enhanced sintering for low energy ceramics firing
Low energy technology pioneered in the heart of the UK’s ceramics industry has had a significant result. A world-first in the development of pioneering low-energy firing technology, based on so-called Field Enhanced Sintering is now a huge step closer after engineers and scientists working on the pr
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
Cobalt-oxide mesoporous nanospheres key to longer life auto batteries
Lithium-ion batteries power our phones, laptops, and many other portable electronic devices. But there are limitations inherent in current lithium-ion technology that prevent them from being used more widely in electric vehicles and other high-power applications.
2D nitrogenated crystals new potential rival for graphene
Researchers in South Korea have, for the first time, developed a simple technique to produce a two-dimensional nitrogen-containing crystal that has the capacity to be a potential rival to graphene and silicon as semi-conductor materials.
Transforming food waste into graphene and renewable hydrogen
The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) is leading a European collaborative project that aims to transform food waste into a sustainable source of significant economic added value - namely graphene and renewable hydrogen. The project titled ′PlasCarb’ will transform biogas generated by the ana
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.
Hybrid multiferroics for improved data storage and new wireless applications
To exploit and control magnetism, technology often relies on electromagnets, which limit hardware configurations due to their size and energy consumption. As an alternative, scientists are beginning to develop hybrid nanomaterials that are responsive to both electric and magnetic fields. These mater
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
UV and moisture cure adhesive for plastics and metals
Recently announced by Intertronics is Dymax 3401 dual cure (UV and moisture) adhesive, designed for rapid bonding of a wide variety of plastic and metal substrates, including PC and ABS applications.
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
Metal-oxide clusters for molecular storage devices could bridge memory gap
New molecules could be the key to solving a looming problem with flash memory storage, researchers from the University of Glasgow are saying.
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.
Second generation, high performance polyester compound for LED TV applications
Solvay Specialty Polymers has unveiled an enhanced version of its Lavanta high-performance polyester (HPP) for production of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) for televisions and backlight unit applications. The second-generation product – Lavanta 5115 WH 224 – provides significantly improved processabil
Dutch polymer giant opens international research centre for innovative materials
Royal DSM has opened a new centre for research into and development of high-performance materials on the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Sittard-Geleen, the Netherlands. The completion of DSM's largest materials centre worldwide is part of the €100 million investment in knowledge and innovation
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.
Selective brush plating for industrial applications
"Why take the surface to the tank when you can take the tank to the surface?’ is the idea on which the portable, selective brush plating process is based. Derek Vanek of SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts (ASC) - part of Norman Hay - discusses the application benefits and possibilities of selective pla
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
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 polyami
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.
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
Thorium to replace uranium for improved nuclear design?
An international project is developing a radical new type of nuclear power station that is safer, more cost-effective, compact, quicker and less disruptive to build than any previously constructed. Specifically, it is exploring whether the element thorium could help to meet the new design’s fuel nee
Tribo-filament for 3D printers
Plastics specialist Igus has developed a new tribo-polymer filament for 3D printers, developed to create structurally robust prototypes or small batch components for test in real-world applications. Suitable for use with any 3D printer that has a heated nozzle, print bed and uses ABS filaments, the
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.
For electronics beyond silicon, correlated oxides emerge
Using a quantum material called a correlated oxide, Harvard researchers have achieved a reversible change in electrical resistance of eight orders of magnitude, a result the researchers are calling "colossal.’ In short, they have engineered this material to perform comparably with the bes
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.
Self-mating parts - searching for symmetry
If a part has the potential to be split into symmetrical halves that can self-mate, Proto Labs recommends exploring that option early in the design process. It could save time and money. Generally speaking, if a manual assembly process that involves screws or ultrasonic welding can be turned into a
Transparent silver nanowire (AgNW) mesh electrode could replace brittle, rare ITO in silver cells
Olympus has released a new application note detailing how the quick and non-destructive nature of the Olympus LEXT OLS4100 high-resolution analysis and stitching function capabilities has enhanced research into organic semiconductors and transparent electrodes.
Smart Molecule heat performance technology
Solvay has launched at K2016 the resin Technyl REDx, a new heat performance polyamide 6.6 (PA66) integrating a unique smart molecule self-reinforcement technology. This innovative material is aimed at demanding thermal management systems, especially in the automotive industry.
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
The future of nanotechnology beyond 2016
Nanotechnology is one of the fastest growing areas in technology and science. First introduced in 1959 by physicist Richard Feynman, nanotechnology is the practice of manipulating matter at the atomic and molecular level. Lauren Willison, Director of Admissions at Florida Polytechnic University, rev
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
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
Sensor mimics bats to detect dangerous structural cracks
An ultrasound sensor for detecting dangerous cracks in structures such as aircraft engines, oil and gas pipelines and nuclear plants has been developed by researchers at the University of Strathclyde – with inspiration from the natural world.
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.
First aviation authority approval of lightweight glass products for aircraft interiors
European Aviation Safety Agency issues a Supplemental Type Certificate for AeroGlass Mirror and AeroGlass Lens in a Falcon 900 business jet and a Production Organization Approval Certificate to company’s manufacturing facility in The Netherlands.
Layered semiconducting black arsenic phosphorus alternative to silicon
Graphene, the only one atom thick carbon network, achieved overnight fame with the 2010 Nobel Prize. But now comes competition: Such layers can also be formed by black phosphorous. Chemists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have now developed a semiconducting material in which individual p
Materials information can be accessed twice as fast
Granta Design has announced further major performance, deployment, and functional enhancements to its Granta MI Version 8.1 system for enterprise materials information management, including enabling users to access data twice as fast.
Non-toxic thermal fluid makes solar energy more efficient
Thermal fluid specialist Global Heat Transfer has launched its first non toxic heat transfer fluid for solar applications, Globaltherm Omnipure. The new, high performance, thermal fluid also boasts low flammability, making solar applications safer, while also reducing insurance and maintenance costs
First commercialisation of bi-oriented HDPE bottles made with injection stretch blow moulding
The first product packed with one litre bi-oriented bottles, manufactured by Incoplas Italia in HDPE produced by Total and filled/packed by ICE FOR, are now available on mass market shelves at Italian UNES stores. ICE FOR SpA Industria Chimica Ecologica is a leading producer in Italy of detergents,
Albumin-glycerol blended bioplastic shows promise for antibacterial packaging
Bioplastics made from protein sources such as albumin and whey have shown significant antibacterial properties, findings that could eventually lead to their use in plastics used in medical applications such as wound healing dressings, sutures, catheter tubes and drug delivery, according to a recent
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.
3D printed, CNC machined, or moulded prototypes - which and when?
This article by Proto Labs looks at the respective roles in prototyping of 3D printing, CNC machining and injection moulding.
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.
Clean Soderberg project reduces aluminium smelting emissions
UC RUSAL has launch the Clean Soderberg project at its Irkutsk aluminium smelter (IrkAZ). The total cost of this modernisation project (from 2010 to 2020) is estimated at $122 million. The technology is designed to drastically reduce emissions of pot gases into the atmosphere, increase the energy ef
Field enhanced sintering for low energy ceramics firing
Low energy technology pioneered in the heart of the UK’s ceramics industry has had a significant result. A world-first in the development of pioneering low-energy firing technology, based on so-called Field Enhanced Sintering is now a huge step closer after engineers and scientists working on the pr
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
Cobalt-oxide mesoporous nanospheres key to longer life auto batteries
Lithium-ion batteries power our phones, laptops, and many other portable electronic devices. But there are limitations inherent in current lithium-ion technology that prevent them from being used more widely in electric vehicles and other high-power applications.
2D nitrogenated crystals new potential rival for graphene
Researchers in South Korea have, for the first time, developed a simple technique to produce a two-dimensional nitrogen-containing crystal that has the capacity to be a potential rival to graphene and silicon as semi-conductor materials.
Transforming food waste into graphene and renewable hydrogen
The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) is leading a European collaborative project that aims to transform food waste into a sustainable source of significant economic added value - namely graphene and renewable hydrogen. The project titled ′PlasCarb’ will transform biogas generated by the ana
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.
Hybrid multiferroics for improved data storage and new wireless applications
To exploit and control magnetism, technology often relies on electromagnets, which limit hardware configurations due to their size and energy consumption. As an alternative, scientists are beginning to develop hybrid nanomaterials that are responsive to both electric and magnetic fields. These mater
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
UV and moisture cure adhesive for plastics and metals
Recently announced by Intertronics is Dymax 3401 dual cure (UV and moisture) adhesive, designed for rapid bonding of a wide variety of plastic and metal substrates, including PC and ABS applications.
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
Metal-oxide clusters for molecular storage devices could bridge memory gap
New molecules could be the key to solving a looming problem with flash memory storage, researchers from the University of Glasgow are saying.
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.
Second generation, high performance polyester compound for LED TV applications
Solvay Specialty Polymers has unveiled an enhanced version of its Lavanta high-performance polyester (HPP) for production of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) for televisions and backlight unit applications. The second-generation product – Lavanta 5115 WH 224 – provides significantly improved processabil
Dutch polymer giant opens international research centre for innovative materials
Royal DSM has opened a new centre for research into and development of high-performance materials on the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Sittard-Geleen, the Netherlands. The completion of DSM's largest materials centre worldwide is part of the €100 million investment in knowledge and innovation
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.
Selective brush plating for industrial applications
"Why take the surface to the tank when you can take the tank to the surface?’ is the idea on which the portable, selective brush plating process is based. Derek Vanek of SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts (ASC) - part of Norman Hay - discusses the application benefits and possibilities of selective pla
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
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 polyami
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.
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
Nano-diamond-enhanced electroless nickel plating claimed to yield three-times improvement in wear resistance
Through the controlled addition of nano-diamonds, Carbodeon has announced improvements to electroless nickel plating, including a three times improvement in wear resistance.
Thorium to replace uranium for improved nuclear design?
An international project is developing a radical new type of nuclear power station that is safer, more cost-effective, compact, quicker and less disruptive to build than any previously constructed. Specifically, it is exploring whether the element thorium could help to meet the new design’s fuel nee
Tribo-filament for 3D printers
Plastics specialist Igus has developed a new tribo-polymer filament for 3D printers, developed to create structurally robust prototypes or small batch components for test in real-world applications. Suitable for use with any 3D printer that has a heated nozzle, print bed and uses ABS filaments, the
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.
For electronics beyond silicon, correlated oxides emerge
Using a quantum material called a correlated oxide, Harvard researchers have achieved a reversible change in electrical resistance of eight orders of magnitude, a result the researchers are calling "colossal.’ In short, they have engineered this material to perform comparably with the bes
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.
Smart Molecule heat performance technology
Solvay has launched at K2016 the resin Technyl REDx, a new heat performance polyamide 6.6 (PA66) integrating a unique smart molecule self-reinforcement technology. This innovative material is aimed at demanding thermal management systems, especially in the automotive industry.
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
The future of nanotechnology beyond 2016
Nanotechnology is one of the fastest growing areas in technology and science. First introduced in 1959 by physicist Richard Feynman, nanotechnology is the practice of manipulating matter at the atomic and molecular level. Lauren Willison, Director of Admissions at Florida Polytechnic University, rev
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
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
Sensor mimics bats to detect dangerous structural cracks
An ultrasound sensor for detecting dangerous cracks in structures such as aircraft engines, oil and gas pipelines and nuclear plants has been developed by researchers at the University of Strathclyde – with inspiration from the natural world.
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.
First aviation authority approval of lightweight glass products for aircraft interiors
European Aviation Safety Agency issues a Supplemental Type Certificate for AeroGlass Mirror and AeroGlass Lens in a Falcon 900 business jet and a Production Organization Approval Certificate to company’s manufacturing facility in The Netherlands.
Layered semiconducting black arsenic phosphorus alternative to silicon
Graphene, the only one atom thick carbon network, achieved overnight fame with the 2010 Nobel Prize. But now comes competition: Such layers can also be formed by black phosphorous. Chemists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have now developed a semiconducting material in which individual p
Materials information can be accessed twice as fast
Granta Design has announced further major performance, deployment, and functional enhancements to its Granta MI Version 8.1 system for enterprise materials information management, including enabling users to access data twice as fast.
Non-toxic thermal fluid makes solar energy more efficient
Thermal fluid specialist Global Heat Transfer has launched its first non toxic heat transfer fluid for solar applications, Globaltherm Omnipure. The new, high performance, thermal fluid also boasts low flammability, making solar applications safer, while also reducing insurance and maintenance costs
First commercialisation of bi-oriented HDPE bottles made with injection stretch blow moulding
The first product packed with one litre bi-oriented bottles, manufactured by Incoplas Italia in HDPE produced by Total and filled/packed by ICE FOR, are now available on mass market shelves at Italian UNES stores. ICE FOR SpA Industria Chimica Ecologica is a leading producer in Italy of detergents,
Albumin-glycerol blended bioplastic shows promise for antibacterial packaging
Bioplastics made from protein sources such as albumin and whey have shown significant antibacterial properties, findings that could eventually lead to their use in plastics used in medical applications such as wound healing dressings, sutures, catheter tubes and drug delivery, according to a recent
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.
3D printed, CNC machined, or moulded prototypes - which and when?
This article by Proto Labs looks at the respective roles in prototyping of 3D printing, CNC machining and injection moulding.
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.
Clean Soderberg project reduces aluminium smelting emissions
UC RUSAL has launch the Clean Soderberg project at its Irkutsk aluminium smelter (IrkAZ). The total cost of this modernisation project (from 2010 to 2020) is estimated at $122 million. The technology is designed to drastically reduce emissions of pot gases into the atmosphere, increase the energy ef
Field enhanced sintering for low energy ceramics firing
Low energy technology pioneered in the heart of the UK’s ceramics industry has had a significant result. A world-first in the development of pioneering low-energy firing technology, based on so-called Field Enhanced Sintering is now a huge step closer after engineers and scientists working on the pr
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
Cobalt-oxide mesoporous nanospheres key to longer life auto batteries
Lithium-ion batteries power our phones, laptops, and many other portable electronic devices. But there are limitations inherent in current lithium-ion technology that prevent them from being used more widely in electric vehicles and other high-power applications.
2D nitrogenated crystals new potential rival for graphene
Researchers in South Korea have, for the first time, developed a simple technique to produce a two-dimensional nitrogen-containing crystal that has the capacity to be a potential rival to graphene and silicon as semi-conductor materials.
Transforming food waste into graphene and renewable hydrogen
The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) is leading a European collaborative project that aims to transform food waste into a sustainable source of significant economic added value - namely graphene and renewable hydrogen. The project titled ′PlasCarb’ will transform biogas generated by the ana
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.
Hybrid multiferroics for improved data storage and new wireless applications
To exploit and control magnetism, technology often relies on electromagnets, which limit hardware configurations due to their size and energy consumption. As an alternative, scientists are beginning to develop hybrid nanomaterials that are responsive to both electric and magnetic fields. These mater
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
UV and moisture cure adhesive for plastics and metals
Recently announced by Intertronics is Dymax 3401 dual cure (UV and moisture) adhesive, designed for rapid bonding of a wide variety of plastic and metal substrates, including PC and ABS applications.
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
Metal-oxide clusters for molecular storage devices could bridge memory gap
New molecules could be the key to solving a looming problem with flash memory storage, researchers from the University of Glasgow are saying.
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.
Second generation, high performance polyester compound for LED TV applications
Solvay Specialty Polymers has unveiled an enhanced version of its Lavanta high-performance polyester (HPP) for production of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) for televisions and backlight unit applications. The second-generation product – Lavanta 5115 WH 224 – provides significantly improved processabil
Dutch polymer giant opens international research centre for innovative materials
Royal DSM has opened a new centre for research into and development of high-performance materials on the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Sittard-Geleen, the Netherlands. The completion of DSM's largest materials centre worldwide is part of the €100 million investment in knowledge and innovation
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.
Selective brush plating for industrial applications
"Why take the surface to the tank when you can take the tank to the surface?’ is the idea on which the portable, selective brush plating process is based. Derek Vanek of SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts (ASC) - part of Norman Hay - discusses the application benefits and possibilities of selective pla
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
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 polyami
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.
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
Nano-diamond-enhanced electroless nickel plating claimed to yield three-times improvement in wear resistance
Through the controlled addition of nano-diamonds, Carbodeon has announced improvements to electroless nickel plating, including a three times improvement in wear resistance.
Thorium to replace uranium for improved nuclear design?
An international project is developing a radical new type of nuclear power station that is safer, more cost-effective, compact, quicker and less disruptive to build than any previously constructed. Specifically, it is exploring whether the element thorium could help to meet the new design’s fuel nee
Tribo-filament for 3D printers
Plastics specialist Igus has developed a new tribo-polymer filament for 3D printers, developed to create structurally robust prototypes or small batch components for test in real-world applications. Suitable for use with any 3D printer that has a heated nozzle, print bed and uses ABS filaments, the
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.
For electronics beyond silicon, correlated oxides emerge
Using a quantum material called a correlated oxide, Harvard researchers have achieved a reversible change in electrical resistance of eight orders of magnitude, a result the researchers are calling "colossal.’ In short, they have engineered this material to perform comparably with the bes
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.
Smart Molecule heat performance technology
Solvay has launched at K2016 the resin Technyl REDx, a new heat performance polyamide 6.6 (PA66) integrating a unique smart molecule self-reinforcement technology. This innovative material is aimed at demanding thermal management systems, especially in the automotive industry.
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
The future of nanotechnology beyond 2016
Nanotechnology is one of the fastest growing areas in technology and science. First introduced in 1959 by physicist Richard Feynman, nanotechnology is the practice of manipulating matter at the atomic and molecular level. Lauren Willison, Director of Admissions at Florida Polytechnic University, rev
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
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
Sensor mimics bats to detect dangerous structural cracks
An ultrasound sensor for detecting dangerous cracks in structures such as aircraft engines, oil and gas pipelines and nuclear plants has been developed by researchers at the University of Strathclyde – with inspiration from the natural world.
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.
First aviation authority approval of lightweight glass products for aircraft interiors
European Aviation Safety Agency issues a Supplemental Type Certificate for AeroGlass Mirror and AeroGlass Lens in a Falcon 900 business jet and a Production Organization Approval Certificate to company’s manufacturing facility in The Netherlands.
Layered semiconducting black arsenic phosphorus alternative to silicon
Graphene, the only one atom thick carbon network, achieved overnight fame with the 2010 Nobel Prize. But now comes competition: Such layers can also be formed by black phosphorous. Chemists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have now developed a semiconducting material in which individual p
Materials information can be accessed twice as fast
Granta Design has announced further major performance, deployment, and functional enhancements to its Granta MI Version 8.1 system for enterprise materials information management, including enabling users to access data twice as fast.
Non-toxic thermal fluid makes solar energy more efficient
Thermal fluid specialist Global Heat Transfer has launched its first non toxic heat transfer fluid for solar applications, Globaltherm Omnipure. The new, high performance, thermal fluid also boasts low flammability, making solar applications safer, while also reducing insurance and maintenance costs
First commercialisation of bi-oriented HDPE bottles made with injection stretch blow moulding
The first product packed with one litre bi-oriented bottles, manufactured by Incoplas Italia in HDPE produced by Total and filled/packed by ICE FOR, are now available on mass market shelves at Italian UNES stores. ICE FOR SpA Industria Chimica Ecologica is a leading producer in Italy of detergents,
Albumin-glycerol blended bioplastic shows promise for antibacterial packaging
Bioplastics made from protein sources such as albumin and whey have shown significant antibacterial properties, findings that could eventually lead to their use in plastics used in medical applications such as wound healing dressings, sutures, catheter tubes and drug delivery, according to a recent
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.
3D printed, CNC machined, or moulded prototypes - which and when?
This article by Proto Labs looks at the respective roles in prototyping of 3D printing, CNC machining and injection moulding.
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.
Clean Soderberg project reduces aluminium smelting emissions
UC RUSAL has launch the Clean Soderberg project at its Irkutsk aluminium smelter (IrkAZ). The total cost of this modernisation project (from 2010 to 2020) is estimated at $122 million. The technology is designed to drastically reduce emissions of pot gases into the atmosphere, increase the energy ef
Field enhanced sintering for low energy ceramics firing
Low energy technology pioneered in the heart of the UK’s ceramics industry has had a significant result. A world-first in the development of pioneering low-energy firing technology, based on so-called Field Enhanced Sintering is now a huge step closer after engineers and scientists working on the pr
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
Cobalt-oxide mesoporous nanospheres key to longer life auto batteries
Lithium-ion batteries power our phones, laptops, and many other portable electronic devices. But there are limitations inherent in current lithium-ion technology that prevent them from being used more widely in electric vehicles and other high-power applications.
2D nitrogenated crystals new potential rival for graphene
Researchers in South Korea have, for the first time, developed a simple technique to produce a two-dimensional nitrogen-containing crystal that has the capacity to be a potential rival to graphene and silicon as semi-conductor materials.
Transforming food waste into graphene and renewable hydrogen
The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) is leading a European collaborative project that aims to transform food waste into a sustainable source of significant economic added value - namely graphene and renewable hydrogen. The project titled ′PlasCarb’ will transform biogas generated by the ana
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.
Hybrid multiferroics for improved data storage and new wireless applications
To exploit and control magnetism, technology often relies on electromagnets, which limit hardware configurations due to their size and energy consumption. As an alternative, scientists are beginning to develop hybrid nanomaterials that are responsive to both electric and magnetic fields. These mater
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
UV and moisture cure adhesive for plastics and metals
Recently announced by Intertronics is Dymax 3401 dual cure (UV and moisture) adhesive, designed for rapid bonding of a wide variety of plastic and metal substrates, including PC and ABS applications.
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
Metal-oxide clusters for molecular storage devices could bridge memory gap
New molecules could be the key to solving a looming problem with flash memory storage, researchers from the University of Glasgow are saying.
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.
Second generation, high performance polyester compound for LED TV applications
Solvay Specialty Polymers has unveiled an enhanced version of its Lavanta high-performance polyester (HPP) for production of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) for televisions and backlight unit applications. The second-generation product – Lavanta 5115 WH 224 – provides significantly improved processabil
Dutch polymer giant opens international research centre for innovative materials
Royal DSM has opened a new centre for research into and development of high-performance materials on the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Sittard-Geleen, the Netherlands. The completion of DSM's largest materials centre worldwide is part of the €100 million investment in knowledge and innovation
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.
Selective brush plating for industrial applications
"Why take the surface to the tank when you can take the tank to the surface?’ is the idea on which the portable, selective brush plating process is based. Derek Vanek of SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts (ASC) - part of Norman Hay - discusses the application benefits and possibilities of selective pla
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
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 polyami
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.
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
Nano-diamond-enhanced electroless nickel plating claimed to yield three-times improvement in wear resistance
Through the controlled addition of nano-diamonds, Carbodeon has announced improvements to electroless nickel plating, including a three times improvement in wear resistance.
Thorium to replace uranium for improved nuclear design?
An international project is developing a radical new type of nuclear power station that is safer, more cost-effective, compact, quicker and less disruptive to build than any previously constructed. Specifically, it is exploring whether the element thorium could help to meet the new design’s fuel nee
Tribo-filament for 3D printers
Plastics specialist Igus has developed a new tribo-polymer filament for 3D printers, developed to create structurally robust prototypes or small batch components for test in real-world applications. Suitable for use with any 3D printer that has a heated nozzle, print bed and uses ABS filaments, the
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.
For electronics beyond silicon, correlated oxides emerge
Using a quantum material called a correlated oxide, Harvard researchers have achieved a reversible change in electrical resistance of eight orders of magnitude, a result the researchers are calling "colossal.’ In short, they have engineered this material to perform comparably with the bes
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.
Smart Molecule heat performance technology
Solvay has launched at K2016 the resin Technyl REDx, a new heat performance polyamide 6.6 (PA66) integrating a unique smart molecule self-reinforcement technology. This innovative material is aimed at demanding thermal management systems, especially in the automotive industry.
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
The future of nanotechnology beyond 2016
Nanotechnology is one of the fastest growing areas in technology and science. First introduced in 1959 by physicist Richard Feynman, nanotechnology is the practice of manipulating matter at the atomic and molecular level. Lauren Willison, Director of Admissions at Florida Polytechnic University, rev
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
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
Sensor mimics bats to detect dangerous structural cracks
An ultrasound sensor for detecting dangerous cracks in structures such as aircraft engines, oil and gas pipelines and nuclear plants has been developed by researchers at the University of Strathclyde – with inspiration from the natural world.
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.
First aviation authority approval of lightweight glass products for aircraft interiors
European Aviation Safety Agency issues a Supplemental Type Certificate for AeroGlass Mirror and AeroGlass Lens in a Falcon 900 business jet and a Production Organization Approval Certificate to company’s manufacturing facility in The Netherlands.
Layered semiconducting black arsenic phosphorus alternative to silicon
Graphene, the only one atom thick carbon network, achieved overnight fame with the 2010 Nobel Prize. But now comes competition: Such layers can also be formed by black phosphorous. Chemists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have now developed a semiconducting material in which individual p
Materials information can be accessed twice as fast
Granta Design has announced further major performance, deployment, and functional enhancements to its Granta MI Version 8.1 system for enterprise materials information management, including enabling users to access data twice as fast.
Non-toxic thermal fluid makes solar energy more efficient
Thermal fluid specialist Global Heat Transfer has launched its first non toxic heat transfer fluid for solar applications, Globaltherm Omnipure. The new, high performance, thermal fluid also boasts low flammability, making solar applications safer, while also reducing insurance and maintenance costs
First commercialisation of bi-oriented HDPE bottles made with injection stretch blow moulding
The first product packed with one litre bi-oriented bottles, manufactured by Incoplas Italia in HDPE produced by Total and filled/packed by ICE FOR, are now available on mass market shelves at Italian UNES stores. ICE FOR SpA Industria Chimica Ecologica is a leading producer in Italy of detergents,
Albumin-glycerol blended bioplastic shows promise for antibacterial packaging
Bioplastics made from protein sources such as albumin and whey have shown significant antibacterial properties, findings that could eventually lead to their use in plastics used in medical applications such as wound healing dressings, sutures, catheter tubes and drug delivery, according to a recent
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.
3D printed, CNC machined, or moulded prototypes - which and when?
This article by Proto Labs looks at the respective roles in prototyping of 3D printing, CNC machining and injection moulding.
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.
Clean Soderberg project reduces aluminium smelting emissions
UC RUSAL has launch the Clean Soderberg project at its Irkutsk aluminium smelter (IrkAZ). The total cost of this modernisation project (from 2010 to 2020) is estimated at $122 million. The technology is designed to drastically reduce emissions of pot gases into the atmosphere, increase the energy ef
Field enhanced sintering for low energy ceramics firing
Low energy technology pioneered in the heart of the UK’s ceramics industry has had a significant result. A world-first in the development of pioneering low-energy firing technology, based on so-called Field Enhanced Sintering is now a huge step closer after engineers and scientists working on the pr
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
Cobalt-oxide mesoporous nanospheres key to longer life auto batteries
Lithium-ion batteries power our phones, laptops, and many other portable electronic devices. But there are limitations inherent in current lithium-ion technology that prevent them from being used more widely in electric vehicles and other high-power applications.
2D nitrogenated crystals new potential rival for graphene
Researchers in South Korea have, for the first time, developed a simple technique to produce a two-dimensional nitrogen-containing crystal that has the capacity to be a potential rival to graphene and silicon as semi-conductor materials.
Transforming food waste into graphene and renewable hydrogen
The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) is leading a European collaborative project that aims to transform food waste into a sustainable source of significant economic added value - namely graphene and renewable hydrogen. The project titled ′PlasCarb’ will transform biogas generated by the ana
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.
Hybrid multiferroics for improved data storage and new wireless applications
To exploit and control magnetism, technology often relies on electromagnets, which limit hardware configurations due to their size and energy consumption. As an alternative, scientists are beginning to develop hybrid nanomaterials that are responsive to both electric and magnetic fields. These mater
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
UV and moisture cure adhesive for plastics and metals
Recently announced by Intertronics is Dymax 3401 dual cure (UV and moisture) adhesive, designed for rapid bonding of a wide variety of plastic and metal substrates, including PC and ABS applications.
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
Metal-oxide clusters for molecular storage devices could bridge memory gap
New molecules could be the key to solving a looming problem with flash memory storage, researchers from the University of Glasgow are saying.
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.
Second generation, high performance polyester compound for LED TV applications
Solvay Specialty Polymers has unveiled an enhanced version of its Lavanta high-performance polyester (HPP) for production of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) for televisions and backlight unit applications. The second-generation product – Lavanta 5115 WH 224 – provides significantly improved processabil
Dutch polymer giant opens international research centre for innovative materials
Royal DSM has opened a new centre for research into and development of high-performance materials on the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Sittard-Geleen, the Netherlands. The completion of DSM's largest materials centre worldwide is part of the €100 million investment in knowledge and innovation
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.
Selective brush plating for industrial applications
"Why take the surface to the tank when you can take the tank to the surface?’ is the idea on which the portable, selective brush plating process is based. Derek Vanek of SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts (ASC) - part of Norman Hay - discusses the application benefits and possibilities of selective pla
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
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 polyami
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.
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
Nano-diamond-enhanced electroless nickel plating claimed to yield three-times improvement in wear resistance
Through the controlled addition of nano-diamonds, Carbodeon has announced improvements to electroless nickel plating, including a three times improvement in wear resistance.
Thorium to replace uranium for improved nuclear design?
An international project is developing a radical new type of nuclear power station that is safer, more cost-effective, compact, quicker and less disruptive to build than any previously constructed. Specifically, it is exploring whether the element thorium could help to meet the new design’s fuel nee
Tribo-filament for 3D printers
Plastics specialist Igus has developed a new tribo-polymer filament for 3D printers, developed to create structurally robust prototypes or small batch components for test in real-world applications. Suitable for use with any 3D printer that has a heated nozzle, print bed and uses ABS filaments, the
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.
For electronics beyond silicon, correlated oxides emerge
Using a quantum material called a correlated oxide, Harvard researchers have achieved a reversible change in electrical resistance of eight orders of magnitude, a result the researchers are calling "colossal.’ In short, they have engineered this material to perform comparably with the bes
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.
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