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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.
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.
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.
UK Steel issues safety warning on Chinese imports
UK Steel, the trade body for the UK steel industry, has issued a safety warning about the use of Chinese steel.
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.
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 polyamide resins. The current glycol flow test benches at the company’s Technyl Innovation Centre in Lyon, France, are capable of testing as many as six parts at a time in tempe
Clean cooking with stainless steel
Chronic exposure to smoke from traditional cooking practices is one of the world’s biggest – but least well-known – killers. This new brochure from ISSF explains why stainless steel is part of the solution for this problem. It highlights the health and environmental effects and then introduces diffe
Graphene manufacturer secures exclusive supply agreement for plasma reactors
Haydale has entered into an exclusive development and supply agreement with Tantec A/S, a leading manufacturer of standard and customised plasma reactors. The new reactors to be built and commissioned by Tantec A/S represent another step forward towards the commercialisation of graphene.
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
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.
Aluminium Middle East show highlights industry’s main trends
Globalisation, market dynamics, environment and energy prices are redrawing the world aluminium industry map, with the Middle East in general and the Arabian Gulf countries in particular emerging as the potential winners of the new business paradigm. These so-called mega trends, along with the oppor
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
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).
Highly non-linear metamaterials for laser technology
Non-linear optical materials are widely used in laser systems. However, high light intensity and long propagation are required to produce strong non-linear optical effects. Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin and the Technische Universitaet Muenchen have created metamaterials with a mil
Materials innovations forecast to play key role in armour protection for helicopters and boats
DSM Dyneema, the manufacturer of ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMwPE) fibre, branded as Dyneema, and a specialist in life protection materials and high-performance fibres, sees next-generation materials technologies as an important facet. This view is supported by industry experts who p
Adhesives spread innovation across Europe’s railways
Laurent Pourcheron, Marketing Manager for Adhesives at Huntsman Advanced Materials, reviews the adhesive technologies which are enabling the production of sustainable developments, helping manufacturers in the sector achieve competitive edge and secure long-term growth.
Q & A on corrosion-resistant coatings
Utsav Shah, Product Development Engineer at Master Bond answers questions about corrosion and corrosion resistant coatings. Shah has a background in Polymer Engineering, having earned a Masters degree in Material Science from University of Southern California.
Nano-thin protective layer of copper reduces friction in heavy machinery
Nanotechnology can be employed to reduce friction, in everything from cosmetics to paint, or steel and even toothpaste. It is also used in the oil and lubrication businesses. But how can microscopic particles help reduce fossil-fuel use and extend the life of components for some of the heaviest and
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.
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.
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.
UK Steel issues safety warning on Chinese imports
UK Steel, the trade body for the UK steel industry, has issued a safety warning about the use of Chinese steel.
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.
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 polyamide resins. The current glycol flow test benches at the company’s Technyl Innovation Centre in Lyon, France, are capable of testing as many as six parts at a time in tempe
Clean cooking with stainless steel
Chronic exposure to smoke from traditional cooking practices is one of the world’s biggest – but least well-known – killers. This new brochure from ISSF explains why stainless steel is part of the solution for this problem. It highlights the health and environmental effects and then introduces diffe
Graphene manufacturer secures exclusive supply agreement for plasma reactors
Haydale has entered into an exclusive development and supply agreement with Tantec A/S, a leading manufacturer of standard and customised plasma reactors. The new reactors to be built and commissioned by Tantec A/S represent another step forward towards the commercialisation of graphene.
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
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.
Aluminium Middle East show highlights industry’s main trends
Globalisation, market dynamics, environment and energy prices are redrawing the world aluminium industry map, with the Middle East in general and the Arabian Gulf countries in particular emerging as the potential winners of the new business paradigm. These so-called mega trends, along with the oppor
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
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).
Highly non-linear metamaterials for laser technology
Non-linear optical materials are widely used in laser systems. However, high light intensity and long propagation are required to produce strong non-linear optical effects. Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin and the Technische Universitaet Muenchen have created metamaterials with a mil
Materials innovations forecast to play key role in armour protection for helicopters and boats
DSM Dyneema, the manufacturer of ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMwPE) fibre, branded as Dyneema, and a specialist in life protection materials and high-performance fibres, sees next-generation materials technologies as an important facet. This view is supported by industry experts who p
Adhesives spread innovation across Europe’s railways
Laurent Pourcheron, Marketing Manager for Adhesives at Huntsman Advanced Materials, reviews the adhesive technologies which are enabling the production of sustainable developments, helping manufacturers in the sector achieve competitive edge and secure long-term growth.
Q & A on corrosion-resistant coatings
Utsav Shah, Product Development Engineer at Master Bond answers questions about corrosion and corrosion resistant coatings. Shah has a background in Polymer Engineering, having earned a Masters degree in Material Science from University of Southern California.
Nano-thin protective layer of copper reduces friction in heavy machinery
Nanotechnology can be employed to reduce friction, in everything from cosmetics to paint, or steel and even toothpaste. It is also used in the oil and lubrication businesses. But how can microscopic particles help reduce fossil-fuel use and extend the life of components for some of the heaviest and
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.
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.
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.
UK Steel issues safety warning on Chinese imports
UK Steel, the trade body for the UK steel industry, has issued a safety warning about the use of Chinese steel.
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.
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 polyamide resins. The current glycol flow test benches at the company’s Technyl Innovation Centre in Lyon, France, are capable of testing as many as six parts at a time in tempe
Clean cooking with stainless steel
Chronic exposure to smoke from traditional cooking practices is one of the world’s biggest – but least well-known – killers. This new brochure from ISSF explains why stainless steel is part of the solution for this problem. It highlights the health and environmental effects and then introduces diffe
Graphene manufacturer secures exclusive supply agreement for plasma reactors
Haydale has entered into an exclusive development and supply agreement with Tantec A/S, a leading manufacturer of standard and customised plasma reactors. The new reactors to be built and commissioned by Tantec A/S represent another step forward towards the commercialisation of graphene.
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
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.
Aluminium Middle East show highlights industry’s main trends
Globalisation, market dynamics, environment and energy prices are redrawing the world aluminium industry map, with the Middle East in general and the Arabian Gulf countries in particular emerging as the potential winners of the new business paradigm. These so-called mega trends, along with the oppor
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
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).
Highly non-linear metamaterials for laser technology
Non-linear optical materials are widely used in laser systems. However, high light intensity and long propagation are required to produce strong non-linear optical effects. Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin and the Technische Universitaet Muenchen have created metamaterials with a mil
Materials innovations forecast to play key role in armour protection for helicopters and boats
DSM Dyneema, the manufacturer of ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMwPE) fibre, branded as Dyneema, and a specialist in life protection materials and high-performance fibres, sees next-generation materials technologies as an important facet. This view is supported by industry experts who p
Adhesives spread innovation across Europe’s railways
Laurent Pourcheron, Marketing Manager for Adhesives at Huntsman Advanced Materials, reviews the adhesive technologies which are enabling the production of sustainable developments, helping manufacturers in the sector achieve competitive edge and secure long-term growth.
Q & A on corrosion-resistant coatings
Utsav Shah, Product Development Engineer at Master Bond answers questions about corrosion and corrosion resistant coatings. Shah has a background in Polymer Engineering, having earned a Masters degree in Material Science from University of Southern California.
Nano-thin protective layer of copper reduces friction in heavy machinery
Nanotechnology can be employed to reduce friction, in everything from cosmetics to paint, or steel and even toothpaste. It is also used in the oil and lubrication businesses. But how can microscopic particles help reduce fossil-fuel use and extend the life of components for some of the heaviest and
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.
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.
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.
UK Steel issues safety warning on Chinese imports
UK Steel, the trade body for the UK steel industry, has issued a safety warning about the use of Chinese steel.
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.
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 polyamide resins. The current glycol flow test benches at the company’s Technyl Innovation Centre in Lyon, France, are capable of testing as many as six parts at a time in tempe
Clean cooking with stainless steel
Chronic exposure to smoke from traditional cooking practices is one of the world’s biggest – but least well-known – killers. This new brochure from ISSF explains why stainless steel is part of the solution for this problem. It highlights the health and environmental effects and then introduces diffe
Graphene manufacturer secures exclusive supply agreement for plasma reactors
Haydale has entered into an exclusive development and supply agreement with Tantec A/S, a leading manufacturer of standard and customised plasma reactors. The new reactors to be built and commissioned by Tantec A/S represent another step forward towards the commercialisation of graphene.
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
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.
Aluminium Middle East show highlights industry’s main trends
Globalisation, market dynamics, environment and energy prices are redrawing the world aluminium industry map, with the Middle East in general and the Arabian Gulf countries in particular emerging as the potential winners of the new business paradigm. These so-called mega trends, along with the oppor
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
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).
Highly non-linear metamaterials for laser technology
Non-linear optical materials are widely used in laser systems. However, high light intensity and long propagation are required to produce strong non-linear optical effects. Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin and the Technische Universitaet Muenchen have created metamaterials with a mil
Materials innovations forecast to play key role in armour protection for helicopters and boats
DSM Dyneema, the manufacturer of ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMwPE) fibre, branded as Dyneema, and a specialist in life protection materials and high-performance fibres, sees next-generation materials technologies as an important facet. This view is supported by industry experts who p
Adhesives spread innovation across Europe’s railways
Laurent Pourcheron, Marketing Manager for Adhesives at Huntsman Advanced Materials, reviews the adhesive technologies which are enabling the production of sustainable developments, helping manufacturers in the sector achieve competitive edge and secure long-term growth.
Q & A on corrosion-resistant coatings
Utsav Shah, Product Development Engineer at Master Bond answers questions about corrosion and corrosion resistant coatings. Shah has a background in Polymer Engineering, having earned a Masters degree in Material Science from University of Southern California.
Nano-thin protective layer of copper reduces friction in heavy machinery
Nanotechnology can be employed to reduce friction, in everything from cosmetics to paint, or steel and even toothpaste. It is also used in the oil and lubrication businesses. But how can microscopic particles help reduce fossil-fuel use and extend the life of components for some of the heaviest and
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.
Short wavelength thermal imaging camera for metal processing features image-merging
Micro-Epsilon has launched a new compact, robust (IP67) short wavelength infrared thermal imaging camera, which is specifically designed to measure the surface temperature of hot metals, as well as ceramics and graphite.
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.
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
Fresh impetus for compliance with anti-pollution measures in China
According to MEPS, the Chinese authorities are, at last, exerting pressure on the steel and other polluting sectors to comply with regulations to improve air and water quality. For too long, they say, they have turned a blind eye to malpractices.
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.
UK Steel issues safety warning on Chinese imports
UK Steel, the trade body for the UK steel industry, has issued a safety warning about the use of Chinese steel.
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
Technical report highlights main factors affecting steel industry energy consumption
The World Steel Association has published a technical report on energy use in the steel industry. The report is the result of a project supported by member companies and associations and the outcome contains current performance data from operating plants. The public report is now available for purch
First pouring of "largest castings in the world"
Sheffield Forgemasters International (SFIL) has poured the first in a series of ultra-large components destined to be some of the largest castings ever made - and it weighs the same as a 1.5 mile long traffic jam!
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.
British steelmakers urge EU action on dumping of imports
Steelmakers in Britain are urging the European Commission to act on the dumping of cheap steel into EU markets on the back of data showing the recovery of the sector in the UK stuttered in 2014.
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.
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.
Chinese steel losing some of its competitive edge?
UK steel industry analyst MEPS is reporting that, in October 2014, a profound change developed in the relationship between Chinese export steel prices and domestic selling values in the rest of the world.
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
Vanguards of UK industry showcase antimicrobial copper
Five UK companies are contributing antimicrobial copper products to outfit the Copper Hospital at this year's MEDICA Trade Fair. Stand B03 in Hall 14 is showcasing a broad range of antimicrobial copper touch surfaces in the context of an ICU room, bathroom and nurses' station, demonstrating the qu
Advanced part testing helps innovative oil filter development
Solvay Engineering Plastics has been collaborating with Mahle in the development of oil filter modules using Technyl polyamide resins. The current glycol flow test benches at the company’s Technyl Innovation Centre in Lyon, France, are capable of testing as many as six parts at a time in tempe
Clean cooking with stainless steel
Chronic exposure to smoke from traditional cooking practices is one of the world’s biggest – but least well-known – killers. This new brochure from ISSF explains why stainless steel is part of the solution for this problem. It highlights the health and environmental effects and then introduces diffe
Graphene manufacturer secures exclusive supply agreement for plasma reactors
Haydale has entered into an exclusive development and supply agreement with Tantec A/S, a leading manufacturer of standard and customised plasma reactors. The new reactors to be built and commissioned by Tantec A/S represent another step forward towards the commercialisation of graphene.
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
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.
Aluminium Middle East show highlights industry’s main trends
Globalisation, market dynamics, environment and energy prices are redrawing the world aluminium industry map, with the Middle East in general and the Arabian Gulf countries in particular emerging as the potential winners of the new business paradigm. These so-called mega trends, along with the oppor
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
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.
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.
Short wavelength thermal imaging camera for metal processing features image-merging
Micro-Epsilon has launched a new compact, robust (IP67) short wavelength infrared thermal imaging camera, which is specifically designed to measure the surface temperature of hot metals, as well as ceramics and graphite.
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.
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
Fresh impetus for compliance with anti-pollution measures in China
According to MEPS, the Chinese authorities are, at last, exerting pressure on the steel and other polluting sectors to comply with regulations to improve air and water quality. For too long, they say, they have turned a blind eye to malpractices.
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.
UK Steel issues safety warning on Chinese imports
UK Steel, the trade body for the UK steel industry, has issued a safety warning about the use of Chinese steel.
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
Technical report highlights main factors affecting steel industry energy consumption
The World Steel Association has published a technical report on energy use in the steel industry. The report is the result of a project supported by member companies and associations and the outcome contains current performance data from operating plants. The public report is now available for purch
First pouring of "largest castings in the world"
Sheffield Forgemasters International (SFIL) has poured the first in a series of ultra-large components destined to be some of the largest castings ever made - and it weighs the same as a 1.5 mile long traffic jam!
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.
British steelmakers urge EU action on dumping of imports
Steelmakers in Britain are urging the European Commission to act on the dumping of cheap steel into EU markets on the back of data showing the recovery of the sector in the UK stuttered in 2014.
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.
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.
Chinese steel losing some of its competitive edge?
UK steel industry analyst MEPS is reporting that, in October 2014, a profound change developed in the relationship between Chinese export steel prices and domestic selling values in the rest of the world.
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
Vanguards of UK industry showcase antimicrobial copper
Five UK companies are contributing antimicrobial copper products to outfit the Copper Hospital at this year's MEDICA Trade Fair. Stand B03 in Hall 14 is showcasing a broad range of antimicrobial copper touch surfaces in the context of an ICU room, bathroom and nurses' station, demonstrating the qu
Advanced part testing helps innovative oil filter development
Solvay Engineering Plastics has been collaborating with Mahle in the development of oil filter modules using Technyl polyamide resins. The current glycol flow test benches at the company’s Technyl Innovation Centre in Lyon, France, are capable of testing as many as six parts at a time in tempe
Clean cooking with stainless steel
Chronic exposure to smoke from traditional cooking practices is one of the world’s biggest – but least well-known – killers. This new brochure from ISSF explains why stainless steel is part of the solution for this problem. It highlights the health and environmental effects and then introduces diffe
Graphene manufacturer secures exclusive supply agreement for plasma reactors
Haydale has entered into an exclusive development and supply agreement with Tantec A/S, a leading manufacturer of standard and customised plasma reactors. The new reactors to be built and commissioned by Tantec A/S represent another step forward towards the commercialisation of graphene.
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
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.
Aluminium Middle East show highlights industry’s main trends
Globalisation, market dynamics, environment and energy prices are redrawing the world aluminium industry map, with the Middle East in general and the Arabian Gulf countries in particular emerging as the potential winners of the new business paradigm. These so-called mega trends, along with the oppor
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
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.
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.
Short wavelength thermal imaging camera for metal processing features image-merging
Micro-Epsilon has launched a new compact, robust (IP67) short wavelength infrared thermal imaging camera, which is specifically designed to measure the surface temperature of hot metals, as well as ceramics and graphite.
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.
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
Fresh impetus for compliance with anti-pollution measures in China
According to MEPS, the Chinese authorities are, at last, exerting pressure on the steel and other polluting sectors to comply with regulations to improve air and water quality. For too long, they say, they have turned a blind eye to malpractices.
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.
UK Steel issues safety warning on Chinese imports
UK Steel, the trade body for the UK steel industry, has issued a safety warning about the use of Chinese steel.
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
Technical report highlights main factors affecting steel industry energy consumption
The World Steel Association has published a technical report on energy use in the steel industry. The report is the result of a project supported by member companies and associations and the outcome contains current performance data from operating plants. The public report is now available for purch
First pouring of "largest castings in the world"
Sheffield Forgemasters International (SFIL) has poured the first in a series of ultra-large components destined to be some of the largest castings ever made - and it weighs the same as a 1.5 mile long traffic jam!
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.
British steelmakers urge EU action on dumping of imports
Steelmakers in Britain are urging the European Commission to act on the dumping of cheap steel into EU markets on the back of data showing the recovery of the sector in the UK stuttered in 2014.
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.
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.
Chinese steel losing some of its competitive edge?
UK steel industry analyst MEPS is reporting that, in October 2014, a profound change developed in the relationship between Chinese export steel prices and domestic selling values in the rest of the world.
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
Vanguards of UK industry showcase antimicrobial copper
Five UK companies are contributing antimicrobial copper products to outfit the Copper Hospital at this year's MEDICA Trade Fair. Stand B03 in Hall 14 is showcasing a broad range of antimicrobial copper touch surfaces in the context of an ICU room, bathroom and nurses' station, demonstrating the qu
Advanced part testing helps innovative oil filter development
Solvay Engineering Plastics has been collaborating with Mahle in the development of oil filter modules using Technyl polyamide resins. The current glycol flow test benches at the company’s Technyl Innovation Centre in Lyon, France, are capable of testing as many as six parts at a time in tempe
Clean cooking with stainless steel
Chronic exposure to smoke from traditional cooking practices is one of the world’s biggest – but least well-known – killers. This new brochure from ISSF explains why stainless steel is part of the solution for this problem. It highlights the health and environmental effects and then introduces diffe
Graphene manufacturer secures exclusive supply agreement for plasma reactors
Haydale has entered into an exclusive development and supply agreement with Tantec A/S, a leading manufacturer of standard and customised plasma reactors. The new reactors to be built and commissioned by Tantec A/S represent another step forward towards the commercialisation of graphene.
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
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.
Aluminium Middle East show highlights industry’s main trends
Globalisation, market dynamics, environment and energy prices are redrawing the world aluminium industry map, with the Middle East in general and the Arabian Gulf countries in particular emerging as the potential winners of the new business paradigm. These so-called mega trends, along with the oppor
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
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.
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.
Short wavelength thermal imaging camera for metal processing features image-merging
Micro-Epsilon has launched a new compact, robust (IP67) short wavelength infrared thermal imaging camera, which is specifically designed to measure the surface temperature of hot metals, as well as ceramics and graphite.
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.
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
Fresh impetus for compliance with anti-pollution measures in China
According to MEPS, the Chinese authorities are, at last, exerting pressure on the steel and other polluting sectors to comply with regulations to improve air and water quality. For too long, they say, they have turned a blind eye to malpractices.
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.
UK Steel issues safety warning on Chinese imports
UK Steel, the trade body for the UK steel industry, has issued a safety warning about the use of Chinese steel.
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
Technical report highlights main factors affecting steel industry energy consumption
The World Steel Association has published a technical report on energy use in the steel industry. The report is the result of a project supported by member companies and associations and the outcome contains current performance data from operating plants. The public report is now available for purch
First pouring of "largest castings in the world"
Sheffield Forgemasters International (SFIL) has poured the first in a series of ultra-large components destined to be some of the largest castings ever made - and it weighs the same as a 1.5 mile long traffic jam!
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.
British steelmakers urge EU action on dumping of imports
Steelmakers in Britain are urging the European Commission to act on the dumping of cheap steel into EU markets on the back of data showing the recovery of the sector in the UK stuttered in 2014.
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.
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.
Chinese steel losing some of its competitive edge?
UK steel industry analyst MEPS is reporting that, in October 2014, a profound change developed in the relationship between Chinese export steel prices and domestic selling values in the rest of the world.
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
Vanguards of UK industry showcase antimicrobial copper
Five UK companies are contributing antimicrobial copper products to outfit the Copper Hospital at this year's MEDICA Trade Fair. Stand B03 in Hall 14 is showcasing a broad range of antimicrobial copper touch surfaces in the context of an ICU room, bathroom and nurses' station, demonstrating the qu
Advanced part testing helps innovative oil filter development
Solvay Engineering Plastics has been collaborating with Mahle in the development of oil filter modules using Technyl polyamide resins. The current glycol flow test benches at the company’s Technyl Innovation Centre in Lyon, France, are capable of testing as many as six parts at a time in tempe
Clean cooking with stainless steel
Chronic exposure to smoke from traditional cooking practices is one of the world’s biggest – but least well-known – killers. This new brochure from ISSF explains why stainless steel is part of the solution for this problem. It highlights the health and environmental effects and then introduces diffe
Graphene manufacturer secures exclusive supply agreement for plasma reactors
Haydale has entered into an exclusive development and supply agreement with Tantec A/S, a leading manufacturer of standard and customised plasma reactors. The new reactors to be built and commissioned by Tantec A/S represent another step forward towards the commercialisation of graphene.
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
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.
Aluminium Middle East show highlights industry’s main trends
Globalisation, market dynamics, environment and energy prices are redrawing the world aluminium industry map, with the Middle East in general and the Arabian Gulf countries in particular emerging as the potential winners of the new business paradigm. These so-called mega trends, along with the oppor
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
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.
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.
Short wavelength thermal imaging camera for metal processing features image-merging
Micro-Epsilon has launched a new compact, robust (IP67) short wavelength infrared thermal imaging camera, which is specifically designed to measure the surface temperature of hot metals, as well as ceramics and graphite.
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.
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
Fresh impetus for compliance with anti-pollution measures in China
According to MEPS, the Chinese authorities are, at last, exerting pressure on the steel and other polluting sectors to comply with regulations to improve air and water quality. For too long, they say, they have turned a blind eye to malpractices.
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.
UK Steel issues safety warning on Chinese imports
UK Steel, the trade body for the UK steel industry, has issued a safety warning about the use of Chinese steel.
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
Technical report highlights main factors affecting steel industry energy consumption
The World Steel Association has published a technical report on energy use in the steel industry. The report is the result of a project supported by member companies and associations and the outcome contains current performance data from operating plants. The public report is now available for purch
First pouring of "largest castings in the world"
Sheffield Forgemasters International (SFIL) has poured the first in a series of ultra-large components destined to be some of the largest castings ever made - and it weighs the same as a 1.5 mile long traffic jam!
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.
British steelmakers urge EU action on dumping of imports
Steelmakers in Britain are urging the European Commission to act on the dumping of cheap steel into EU markets on the back of data showing the recovery of the sector in the UK stuttered in 2014.
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.
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.
Chinese steel losing some of its competitive edge?
UK steel industry analyst MEPS is reporting that, in October 2014, a profound change developed in the relationship between Chinese export steel prices and domestic selling values in the rest of the world.
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
Vanguards of UK industry showcase antimicrobial copper
Five UK companies are contributing antimicrobial copper products to outfit the Copper Hospital at this year's MEDICA Trade Fair. Stand B03 in Hall 14 is showcasing a broad range of antimicrobial copper touch surfaces in the context of an ICU room, bathroom and nurses' station, demonstrating the qu
Advanced part testing helps innovative oil filter development
Solvay Engineering Plastics has been collaborating with Mahle in the development of oil filter modules using Technyl polyamide resins. The current glycol flow test benches at the company’s Technyl Innovation Centre in Lyon, France, are capable of testing as many as six parts at a time in tempe
Clean cooking with stainless steel
Chronic exposure to smoke from traditional cooking practices is one of the world’s biggest – but least well-known – killers. This new brochure from ISSF explains why stainless steel is part of the solution for this problem. It highlights the health and environmental effects and then introduces diffe
Graphene manufacturer secures exclusive supply agreement for plasma reactors
Haydale has entered into an exclusive development and supply agreement with Tantec A/S, a leading manufacturer of standard and customised plasma reactors. The new reactors to be built and commissioned by Tantec A/S represent another step forward towards the commercialisation of graphene.
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
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.
Aluminium Middle East show highlights industry’s main trends
Globalisation, market dynamics, environment and energy prices are redrawing the world aluminium industry map, with the Middle East in general and the Arabian Gulf countries in particular emerging as the potential winners of the new business paradigm. These so-called mega trends, along with the oppor
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
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.
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