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Element Materials Technology Completes Acquisition of DNV GL’s German Material Testing Laboratories
Element Materials Technology has completed the acquisition of DNV GL’s German materials testing laboratories, further strengthening its European materials testing presence. In September 2016, Element announced that it had entered into a binding agreement with DNV GL subject to obtaining German
Advanced thermal system to process battery materials
Harper International, world leader in custom thermal processing solutions for advanced materials, has been awarded a contract for a high volume Rotary furnace system by Prayon, headquartered in Belgium. The innovative reactor will be used for drying and calcining of Prayon’s advanced iron phosphate
Materials information management software embeds enterprise materials information experience
Granta Design has announced GRANTA MI Version 9, the latest version of its leading materials information management software, delivering a series of new tools based on extensive experience and feedback from enterprise implementations worldwide. This major annual release rolls-up all the upgrades and
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
The future of metal laser melting
Metal laser melting has mastered the leap from rapid prototyping to recognised production technology. Additive manufactured parts are used in a wide range of industries. Toolcraft has expanded its machinery in order to more effectively meet the demand, with an M2 Cusing multilaser system made by Con
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.
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.
Albumin-glycerol blended bioplastic shows promise for antibacterial packaging
Bioplastics made from protein sources such as albumin and whey have shown significant antibacterial properties, findings that could eventually lead to their use in plastics used in medical applications such as wound healing dressings, sutures, catheter tubes and drug delivery, according to a recent
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
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
Increased research efforts to speed up commercialisation of carbon fibres
New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Carbon Fibres Technology‒9 Dimensional Assessment, finds that end-user industries such as the automotive and aerospace sectors are also contributing to funding along with carbon fibre manufacturers, highlighting the intent towards wider adoption. The increas
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!
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.
Significant investment planned to expand CMC testing capacity
USA independent materials testing organization Element Materials Technology has announced plans for a major expansion of its Ceramic Matrix Composites (CMC) testing capacity. Expansion work at Element Cincinnati began in June, with Element anticipating completion before the end of 2014.
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
Analytical, optimisation software reduces weight of NASA’s Orion crew vehicle
At the 2014 Composites and Advanced Materials Expo (CAMX) (previously SAMPE), Collier Research Corporation is demonstrating a key software program used to reduce weight on the heat shield of NASA’s Orion Multi-purpose Crew Vehicle. The show runs from 13 to 16 October at the Orange County Convention
Transparent silver nanowire (AgNW) mesh electrode could replace brittle, rare ITO in silver cells
Olympus has released a new application note detailing how the quick and non-destructive nature of the Olympus LEXT OLS4100 high-resolution analysis and stitching function capabilities has enhanced research into organic semiconductors and transparent electrodes.
INEMI project looks at automotive electronics reliability
The drive for miniaturization coupled with automotive reliability expectations requires better understanding of material properties beyond standard bulk analysis. A new INEMI project will measure functional performance of small geometries through understanding a combination of material properties an
Thermoplastic hydrogen storage vessels for fuel cell vehicles
Element Materials Technology is undertaking a major research project from its Hitchin (formerly MERL) UK laboratory on thermoplastic high-pressure hydrogen storage vessels for fuel cell vehicles. The HOST (Hydrogen-Optimization of Storage and Transfer) project is part-funded by the UK Technology Str
Epoxy adhesive demonstrates advantages of ductility on composite single lap joints
An Araldite epoxy adhesive system from Huntsman Advanced Materials has been used in an experiment conducted by a research group, under the direction of Dr Trevor Young of the Irish Centre for Composites Research at the University of Limerick, in which the bondline stress concentrations and the influ
Drakelands tungsten mine development gets revised planning approval
SLR Consulting has helped secure a revised planning approval for a £75 million processing facility at Wolf Minerals’ Drakelands tungsten mine near Plymouth. On completion the plant will produce up to 5000 tonnes of tungsten concentrate and 1000 tonnes of tin concentrate a year at what is
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.
Laboratory expands oil and gas testing capability
The oil and gas testing facility operated by Element Materials Technology in Hitchin, UK, is set to complete a significant expansion and improvement project in order to consolidate operations, increase efficiency, and expand capacity. Hitchin works with clients in the Aerospace, Oil & Gas (O&G) and
Parasitic conduction heralds advance in solid-state lithium batteries
A team of researchers at Tohoku University in Japan has created a new type of lithium ion conductor for future batteries that could be the basis for a whole new generation of solid-state batteries. It uses rock salt Lithium Borohydride (LiBH4), a well-known agent in organic chemistry laboratories th
Field trials reveal substantial cost savings with aluminium melting crucibles
Field studies carried out by the Molten Metal Systems business of Morgan Advanced Materials reveal that the company’s latest addition to the Syncarb Z2 family of crucibles is achieving substantial cost savings in operational conditions for the aluminium melting industry.
Graphene Markets, Technologies and Opportunities 2014-2024
New research by Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh, Head of Consulting, IDTechEx shows that graphene markets will grow from around $20 million in 2014 to more than $390 million in 2024, at the material level. The market will be split across many application sectors; each attracting a different type of graphene
Magnetostrictive materials optimised by multi-physics simulation
Materials that demonstrate different responses to varying external stimuli are known as "smart materials,’ and their discovery has led to the creation of products that perform on a whole new level. These engineered materials are developed to perform smarter and more efficiently than their predecess
Boron carbide produced by cheaper, purer, lower temperature process
Scientists at the University of Birmingham have developed a new method of producing boron carbide powder - one of the hardest materials on the planet - which uses lower temperatures and introduces fewer contaminants than current processing methods. Licensing partners are currently being sought by th
Groundbreaking research into continuous manufacture of composite pipelines
Element Hitchin (UK) has successfully completed a groundbreaking proof-of-concept research project to design and build equipment for the continuous quality control and repairing of reinforced thermoplastic pipes during the manufacturing process. This represents a first of its kind capability for the
Conductive Inks: booming to $2.8 billion by 2024
The conductive ink and paste business is segmented, consisting of many emerging and mature markets. In the new report Conductive Ink Markets 2014-2024: Forecasts, Technologies, Players IDTechEx sees the market experiencing 4.5% CAGR over the coming decade, although growth will be unevenly spread wit
Nanofibres move into the medical field and advanced composites
Electrospinning is now established as a commercially viable manufacturing process with nanofibres of a range of different polymers now readily available, either as standard product or as "specials’. Applications for these nanofibres are potentially in many different market areas and it is becoming
Bio-based polyamide selected for fuel vapour separators
Royal DSM's bio-based high performance EcoPaXX polyamide 410 has been selected by Dytech-Dynamic Fluid Technologies for the fuel vapour separators it produces for Ferrari and Maserati sports cars. The halogen-free flame retardant EcoPaXX Q-KGS6, will increase the fire safety of the cars by combinin
Plastic film recycling - end of the road for landfill and incineration?
The large-scale incineration or dumping of plastic films in landfills could soon be a thing of the past as new technologies seek to convert plastics into fuels and other useful products. However, Axion Consulting – a UK-based waste processing consultancy specialising in plastics recycling – believe
Law firm comments on new California green chemistry product regulations
Rollout of major green chemistry regulations have begun in California with the announcement of the first three priority products to be regulated under the state’s Green Chemistry program. Children’s foam padding sleeping products containing the flame retardant TDCPP; spray polyurethane foam systems
Luminescent metal nanoclusters for sensors, bioimaging, energy harvesting
In a paper published in Science and Technology of Advanced Materials, researchers summarize recent advances in the controlled synthesis and application of luminescent metal nanoclusters, including potential uses in sensors, bioimaging, and energy harvesting and conversion.
Dedicated hardware for carbon fibre sintered parts
Graphite Additive Manufacturing announces that its specialist carbon fibre reinforced plastic material, printed using the specialist SLS process, once the exclusive province of Formula One teams, is now available widely.
Adaptive phononic crystals produce vibration-damping sheet metal that never rattles
Researchers from Empa and ETH Zurich have succeeded in producing a prototype of a vibration-damping material that is not only able to damp vibrations completely, but it can also specifically conduct certain frequencies further. Although the "programmable material’ still only works in a one-dimension
Safer and more sustainable materials for manufacturing
Manufacturing industries rely on a supply of raw materials; increasingly these are rare, expensive, difficult to source, and subject to regulation. A £10.3 million grant, awarded to researchers today by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) will be used to find safer, m
Four innovations areas for sustainable aviation include composites NDI
The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) will share its latest R&D initiatives for sustainable aviation at the Singapore Airshow 2014 at Changi Exhibition Centre, Booth D35 from 11-16 February. The innovations on display will focus on four key areas: aviation remanufacturing technolo
Pioneering aerospace test study to evaluate defects within composite structures
A team of materials testing experts from Element Materials Technology’s laboratory based in Hitchin, UK, has completed a study to demonstrate the feasibility of a state-of-the-art technique to instantly evaluate defects within composite aerospace structures.
UK Thermoelectric Network (TEMPEST) set up to exploit UK strengths in nanotechnology
The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network announces its support for the first UK Thermoelectric Network – TEMPEST, funded through the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
Self-healing aerospace composites to be tested in EUR3.7 million research project
Element Hitchin UK has been chosen as a materials testing partner in Hipocrates, a three-year Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) research project worth over EUR3.7 million that is designed to develop state-of-the-art self-repairing composite materials for the aerospace industry. Preliminary work has
Technology advances needed to keep helium supply afloat
Fears that the world is about to run out of helium are subsiding, but major technological advances are needed to ensure the long-term supply of this valuable, but elusive element, according to the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE).
Innovative handheld mineral analyser uses novel X-ray diffraction method
Dr Graeme Hansford from the University of Leicester’s Space Research Centre (SRC) has recently started a collaborative project with Bruker Elemental to develop a handheld mineral analyser for mining applications – the first of its kind.
RNA sequencing and protein studies create novel elastomeric materials
A wide range of biologically inspired materials may now be possible by combining protein studies, materials science and RNA sequencing, according to an international team of researchers at Penn State University.
Event discusses industrial measurement and characterisation of nanocarbon and 2D materials
The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network announces the programme for its Industrial Measurement and Characterisation of Nanocarbon and 2D Materials event, supported by Newcastle University’s NEXUS XPS Facility. The event takes place on 10 December 2013 at the Hancock Museum in Newcastle.
Gas turbine laboratory boosts research into more efficient and cleaner gas turbines
The highly adaptable gas turbine engine is one of the most frequently utilised sources of power in the modern age. Derivatives exist in applications ranging from the generation of electric power and jet propulsion to the supply of compressed air and heat. A new research facility at the University of
Element Materials Technology Completes Acquisition of DNV GL’s German Material Testing Laboratories
Element Materials Technology has completed the acquisition of DNV GL’s German materials testing laboratories, further strengthening its European materials testing presence. In September 2016, Element announced that it had entered into a binding agreement with DNV GL subject to obtaining German
Advanced thermal system to process battery materials
Harper International, world leader in custom thermal processing solutions for advanced materials, has been awarded a contract for a high volume Rotary furnace system by Prayon, headquartered in Belgium. The innovative reactor will be used for drying and calcining of Prayon’s advanced iron phosphate
Materials information management software embeds enterprise materials information experience
Granta Design has announced GRANTA MI Version 9, the latest version of its leading materials information management software, delivering a series of new tools based on extensive experience and feedback from enterprise implementations worldwide. This major annual release rolls-up all the upgrades and
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
The future of metal laser melting
Metal laser melting has mastered the leap from rapid prototyping to recognised production technology. Additive manufactured parts are used in a wide range of industries. Toolcraft has expanded its machinery in order to more effectively meet the demand, with an M2 Cusing multilaser system made by Con
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.
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.
Albumin-glycerol blended bioplastic shows promise for antibacterial packaging
Bioplastics made from protein sources such as albumin and whey have shown significant antibacterial properties, findings that could eventually lead to their use in plastics used in medical applications such as wound healing dressings, sutures, catheter tubes and drug delivery, according to a recent
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
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
Increased research efforts to speed up commercialisation of carbon fibres
New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Carbon Fibres Technology‒9 Dimensional Assessment, finds that end-user industries such as the automotive and aerospace sectors are also contributing to funding along with carbon fibre manufacturers, highlighting the intent towards wider adoption. The increas
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!
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.
Significant investment planned to expand CMC testing capacity
USA independent materials testing organization Element Materials Technology has announced plans for a major expansion of its Ceramic Matrix Composites (CMC) testing capacity. Expansion work at Element Cincinnati began in June, with Element anticipating completion before the end of 2014.
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
Analytical, optimisation software reduces weight of NASA’s Orion crew vehicle
At the 2014 Composites and Advanced Materials Expo (CAMX) (previously SAMPE), Collier Research Corporation is demonstrating a key software program used to reduce weight on the heat shield of NASA’s Orion Multi-purpose Crew Vehicle. The show runs from 13 to 16 October at the Orange County Convention
Transparent silver nanowire (AgNW) mesh electrode could replace brittle, rare ITO in silver cells
Olympus has released a new application note detailing how the quick and non-destructive nature of the Olympus LEXT OLS4100 high-resolution analysis and stitching function capabilities has enhanced research into organic semiconductors and transparent electrodes.
INEMI project looks at automotive electronics reliability
The drive for miniaturization coupled with automotive reliability expectations requires better understanding of material properties beyond standard bulk analysis. A new INEMI project will measure functional performance of small geometries through understanding a combination of material properties an
Thermoplastic hydrogen storage vessels for fuel cell vehicles
Element Materials Technology is undertaking a major research project from its Hitchin (formerly MERL) UK laboratory on thermoplastic high-pressure hydrogen storage vessels for fuel cell vehicles. The HOST (Hydrogen-Optimization of Storage and Transfer) project is part-funded by the UK Technology Str
Epoxy adhesive demonstrates advantages of ductility on composite single lap joints
An Araldite epoxy adhesive system from Huntsman Advanced Materials has been used in an experiment conducted by a research group, under the direction of Dr Trevor Young of the Irish Centre for Composites Research at the University of Limerick, in which the bondline stress concentrations and the influ
Drakelands tungsten mine development gets revised planning approval
SLR Consulting has helped secure a revised planning approval for a £75 million processing facility at Wolf Minerals’ Drakelands tungsten mine near Plymouth. On completion the plant will produce up to 5000 tonnes of tungsten concentrate and 1000 tonnes of tin concentrate a year at what is
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.
Laboratory expands oil and gas testing capability
The oil and gas testing facility operated by Element Materials Technology in Hitchin, UK, is set to complete a significant expansion and improvement project in order to consolidate operations, increase efficiency, and expand capacity. Hitchin works with clients in the Aerospace, Oil & Gas (O&G) and
Parasitic conduction heralds advance in solid-state lithium batteries
A team of researchers at Tohoku University in Japan has created a new type of lithium ion conductor for future batteries that could be the basis for a whole new generation of solid-state batteries. It uses rock salt Lithium Borohydride (LiBH4), a well-known agent in organic chemistry laboratories th
Field trials reveal substantial cost savings with aluminium melting crucibles
Field studies carried out by the Molten Metal Systems business of Morgan Advanced Materials reveal that the company’s latest addition to the Syncarb Z2 family of crucibles is achieving substantial cost savings in operational conditions for the aluminium melting industry.
Graphene Markets, Technologies and Opportunities 2014-2024
New research by Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh, Head of Consulting, IDTechEx shows that graphene markets will grow from around $20 million in 2014 to more than $390 million in 2024, at the material level. The market will be split across many application sectors; each attracting a different type of graphene
Magnetostrictive materials optimised by multi-physics simulation
Materials that demonstrate different responses to varying external stimuli are known as "smart materials,’ and their discovery has led to the creation of products that perform on a whole new level. These engineered materials are developed to perform smarter and more efficiently than their predecess
Boron carbide produced by cheaper, purer, lower temperature process
Scientists at the University of Birmingham have developed a new method of producing boron carbide powder - one of the hardest materials on the planet - which uses lower temperatures and introduces fewer contaminants than current processing methods. Licensing partners are currently being sought by th
Groundbreaking research into continuous manufacture of composite pipelines
Element Hitchin (UK) has successfully completed a groundbreaking proof-of-concept research project to design and build equipment for the continuous quality control and repairing of reinforced thermoplastic pipes during the manufacturing process. This represents a first of its kind capability for the
Conductive Inks: booming to $2.8 billion by 2024
The conductive ink and paste business is segmented, consisting of many emerging and mature markets. In the new report Conductive Ink Markets 2014-2024: Forecasts, Technologies, Players IDTechEx sees the market experiencing 4.5% CAGR over the coming decade, although growth will be unevenly spread wit
Nanofibres move into the medical field and advanced composites
Electrospinning is now established as a commercially viable manufacturing process with nanofibres of a range of different polymers now readily available, either as standard product or as "specials’. Applications for these nanofibres are potentially in many different market areas and it is becoming
Bio-based polyamide selected for fuel vapour separators
Royal DSM's bio-based high performance EcoPaXX polyamide 410 has been selected by Dytech-Dynamic Fluid Technologies for the fuel vapour separators it produces for Ferrari and Maserati sports cars. The halogen-free flame retardant EcoPaXX Q-KGS6, will increase the fire safety of the cars by combinin
Plastic film recycling - end of the road for landfill and incineration?
The large-scale incineration or dumping of plastic films in landfills could soon be a thing of the past as new technologies seek to convert plastics into fuels and other useful products. However, Axion Consulting – a UK-based waste processing consultancy specialising in plastics recycling – believe
Law firm comments on new California green chemistry product regulations
Rollout of major green chemistry regulations have begun in California with the announcement of the first three priority products to be regulated under the state’s Green Chemistry program. Children’s foam padding sleeping products containing the flame retardant TDCPP; spray polyurethane foam systems
Luminescent metal nanoclusters for sensors, bioimaging, energy harvesting
In a paper published in Science and Technology of Advanced Materials, researchers summarize recent advances in the controlled synthesis and application of luminescent metal nanoclusters, including potential uses in sensors, bioimaging, and energy harvesting and conversion.
Dedicated hardware for carbon fibre sintered parts
Graphite Additive Manufacturing announces that its specialist carbon fibre reinforced plastic material, printed using the specialist SLS process, once the exclusive province of Formula One teams, is now available widely.
Adaptive phononic crystals produce vibration-damping sheet metal that never rattles
Researchers from Empa and ETH Zurich have succeeded in producing a prototype of a vibration-damping material that is not only able to damp vibrations completely, but it can also specifically conduct certain frequencies further. Although the "programmable material’ still only works in a one-dimension
Safer and more sustainable materials for manufacturing
Manufacturing industries rely on a supply of raw materials; increasingly these are rare, expensive, difficult to source, and subject to regulation. A £10.3 million grant, awarded to researchers today by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) will be used to find safer, m
Four innovations areas for sustainable aviation include composites NDI
The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) will share its latest R&D initiatives for sustainable aviation at the Singapore Airshow 2014 at Changi Exhibition Centre, Booth D35 from 11-16 February. The innovations on display will focus on four key areas: aviation remanufacturing technolo
Pioneering aerospace test study to evaluate defects within composite structures
A team of materials testing experts from Element Materials Technology’s laboratory based in Hitchin, UK, has completed a study to demonstrate the feasibility of a state-of-the-art technique to instantly evaluate defects within composite aerospace structures.
UK Thermoelectric Network (TEMPEST) set up to exploit UK strengths in nanotechnology
The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network announces its support for the first UK Thermoelectric Network – TEMPEST, funded through the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
Self-healing aerospace composites to be tested in EUR3.7 million research project
Element Hitchin UK has been chosen as a materials testing partner in Hipocrates, a three-year Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) research project worth over EUR3.7 million that is designed to develop state-of-the-art self-repairing composite materials for the aerospace industry. Preliminary work has
Technology advances needed to keep helium supply afloat
Fears that the world is about to run out of helium are subsiding, but major technological advances are needed to ensure the long-term supply of this valuable, but elusive element, according to the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE).
Innovative handheld mineral analyser uses novel X-ray diffraction method
Dr Graeme Hansford from the University of Leicester’s Space Research Centre (SRC) has recently started a collaborative project with Bruker Elemental to develop a handheld mineral analyser for mining applications – the first of its kind.
RNA sequencing and protein studies create novel elastomeric materials
A wide range of biologically inspired materials may now be possible by combining protein studies, materials science and RNA sequencing, according to an international team of researchers at Penn State University.
Event discusses industrial measurement and characterisation of nanocarbon and 2D materials
The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network announces the programme for its Industrial Measurement and Characterisation of Nanocarbon and 2D Materials event, supported by Newcastle University’s NEXUS XPS Facility. The event takes place on 10 December 2013 at the Hancock Museum in Newcastle.
Gas turbine laboratory boosts research into more efficient and cleaner gas turbines
The highly adaptable gas turbine engine is one of the most frequently utilised sources of power in the modern age. Derivatives exist in applications ranging from the generation of electric power and jet propulsion to the supply of compressed air and heat. A new research facility at the University of
Element Materials Technology Completes Acquisition of DNV GL’s German Material Testing Laboratories
Element Materials Technology has completed the acquisition of DNV GL’s German materials testing laboratories, further strengthening its European materials testing presence. In September 2016, Element announced that it had entered into a binding agreement with DNV GL subject to obtaining German
Advanced thermal system to process battery materials
Harper International, world leader in custom thermal processing solutions for advanced materials, has been awarded a contract for a high volume Rotary furnace system by Prayon, headquartered in Belgium. The innovative reactor will be used for drying and calcining of Prayon’s advanced iron phosphate
Materials information management software embeds enterprise materials information experience
Granta Design has announced GRANTA MI Version 9, the latest version of its leading materials information management software, delivering a series of new tools based on extensive experience and feedback from enterprise implementations worldwide. This major annual release rolls-up all the upgrades and
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
The future of metal laser melting
Metal laser melting has mastered the leap from rapid prototyping to recognised production technology. Additive manufactured parts are used in a wide range of industries. Toolcraft has expanded its machinery in order to more effectively meet the demand, with an M2 Cusing multilaser system made by Con
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.
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.
Albumin-glycerol blended bioplastic shows promise for antibacterial packaging
Bioplastics made from protein sources such as albumin and whey have shown significant antibacterial properties, findings that could eventually lead to their use in plastics used in medical applications such as wound healing dressings, sutures, catheter tubes and drug delivery, according to a recent
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
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
Increased research efforts to speed up commercialisation of carbon fibres
New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Carbon Fibres Technology‒9 Dimensional Assessment, finds that end-user industries such as the automotive and aerospace sectors are also contributing to funding along with carbon fibre manufacturers, highlighting the intent towards wider adoption. The increas
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!
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.
Significant investment planned to expand CMC testing capacity
USA independent materials testing organization Element Materials Technology has announced plans for a major expansion of its Ceramic Matrix Composites (CMC) testing capacity. Expansion work at Element Cincinnati began in June, with Element anticipating completion before the end of 2014.
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
Analytical, optimisation software reduces weight of NASA’s Orion crew vehicle
At the 2014 Composites and Advanced Materials Expo (CAMX) (previously SAMPE), Collier Research Corporation is demonstrating a key software program used to reduce weight on the heat shield of NASA’s Orion Multi-purpose Crew Vehicle. The show runs from 13 to 16 October at the Orange County Convention
Transparent silver nanowire (AgNW) mesh electrode could replace brittle, rare ITO in silver cells
Olympus has released a new application note detailing how the quick and non-destructive nature of the Olympus LEXT OLS4100 high-resolution analysis and stitching function capabilities has enhanced research into organic semiconductors and transparent electrodes.
INEMI project looks at automotive electronics reliability
The drive for miniaturization coupled with automotive reliability expectations requires better understanding of material properties beyond standard bulk analysis. A new INEMI project will measure functional performance of small geometries through understanding a combination of material properties an
Thermoplastic hydrogen storage vessels for fuel cell vehicles
Element Materials Technology is undertaking a major research project from its Hitchin (formerly MERL) UK laboratory on thermoplastic high-pressure hydrogen storage vessels for fuel cell vehicles. The HOST (Hydrogen-Optimization of Storage and Transfer) project is part-funded by the UK Technology Str
Epoxy adhesive demonstrates advantages of ductility on composite single lap joints
An Araldite epoxy adhesive system from Huntsman Advanced Materials has been used in an experiment conducted by a research group, under the direction of Dr Trevor Young of the Irish Centre for Composites Research at the University of Limerick, in which the bondline stress concentrations and the influ
Drakelands tungsten mine development gets revised planning approval
SLR Consulting has helped secure a revised planning approval for a £75 million processing facility at Wolf Minerals’ Drakelands tungsten mine near Plymouth. On completion the plant will produce up to 5000 tonnes of tungsten concentrate and 1000 tonnes of tin concentrate a year at what is
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.
Laboratory expands oil and gas testing capability
The oil and gas testing facility operated by Element Materials Technology in Hitchin, UK, is set to complete a significant expansion and improvement project in order to consolidate operations, increase efficiency, and expand capacity. Hitchin works with clients in the Aerospace, Oil & Gas (O&G) and
Parasitic conduction heralds advance in solid-state lithium batteries
A team of researchers at Tohoku University in Japan has created a new type of lithium ion conductor for future batteries that could be the basis for a whole new generation of solid-state batteries. It uses rock salt Lithium Borohydride (LiBH4), a well-known agent in organic chemistry laboratories th
Field trials reveal substantial cost savings with aluminium melting crucibles
Field studies carried out by the Molten Metal Systems business of Morgan Advanced Materials reveal that the company’s latest addition to the Syncarb Z2 family of crucibles is achieving substantial cost savings in operational conditions for the aluminium melting industry.
Graphene Markets, Technologies and Opportunities 2014-2024
New research by Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh, Head of Consulting, IDTechEx shows that graphene markets will grow from around $20 million in 2014 to more than $390 million in 2024, at the material level. The market will be split across many application sectors; each attracting a different type of graphene
Magnetostrictive materials optimised by multi-physics simulation
Materials that demonstrate different responses to varying external stimuli are known as "smart materials,’ and their discovery has led to the creation of products that perform on a whole new level. These engineered materials are developed to perform smarter and more efficiently than their predecess
Boron carbide produced by cheaper, purer, lower temperature process
Scientists at the University of Birmingham have developed a new method of producing boron carbide powder - one of the hardest materials on the planet - which uses lower temperatures and introduces fewer contaminants than current processing methods. Licensing partners are currently being sought by th
Groundbreaking research into continuous manufacture of composite pipelines
Element Hitchin (UK) has successfully completed a groundbreaking proof-of-concept research project to design and build equipment for the continuous quality control and repairing of reinforced thermoplastic pipes during the manufacturing process. This represents a first of its kind capability for the
Conductive Inks: booming to $2.8 billion by 2024
The conductive ink and paste business is segmented, consisting of many emerging and mature markets. In the new report Conductive Ink Markets 2014-2024: Forecasts, Technologies, Players IDTechEx sees the market experiencing 4.5% CAGR over the coming decade, although growth will be unevenly spread wit
Nanofibres move into the medical field and advanced composites
Electrospinning is now established as a commercially viable manufacturing process with nanofibres of a range of different polymers now readily available, either as standard product or as "specials’. Applications for these nanofibres are potentially in many different market areas and it is becoming
Bio-based polyamide selected for fuel vapour separators
Royal DSM's bio-based high performance EcoPaXX polyamide 410 has been selected by Dytech-Dynamic Fluid Technologies for the fuel vapour separators it produces for Ferrari and Maserati sports cars. The halogen-free flame retardant EcoPaXX Q-KGS6, will increase the fire safety of the cars by combinin
Plastic film recycling - end of the road for landfill and incineration?
The large-scale incineration or dumping of plastic films in landfills could soon be a thing of the past as new technologies seek to convert plastics into fuels and other useful products. However, Axion Consulting – a UK-based waste processing consultancy specialising in plastics recycling – believe
Law firm comments on new California green chemistry product regulations
Rollout of major green chemistry regulations have begun in California with the announcement of the first three priority products to be regulated under the state’s Green Chemistry program. Children’s foam padding sleeping products containing the flame retardant TDCPP; spray polyurethane foam systems
Luminescent metal nanoclusters for sensors, bioimaging, energy harvesting
In a paper published in Science and Technology of Advanced Materials, researchers summarize recent advances in the controlled synthesis and application of luminescent metal nanoclusters, including potential uses in sensors, bioimaging, and energy harvesting and conversion.
Dedicated hardware for carbon fibre sintered parts
Graphite Additive Manufacturing announces that its specialist carbon fibre reinforced plastic material, printed using the specialist SLS process, once the exclusive province of Formula One teams, is now available widely.
Adaptive phononic crystals produce vibration-damping sheet metal that never rattles
Researchers from Empa and ETH Zurich have succeeded in producing a prototype of a vibration-damping material that is not only able to damp vibrations completely, but it can also specifically conduct certain frequencies further. Although the "programmable material’ still only works in a one-dimension
Safer and more sustainable materials for manufacturing
Manufacturing industries rely on a supply of raw materials; increasingly these are rare, expensive, difficult to source, and subject to regulation. A £10.3 million grant, awarded to researchers today by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) will be used to find safer, m
Four innovations areas for sustainable aviation include composites NDI
The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) will share its latest R&D initiatives for sustainable aviation at the Singapore Airshow 2014 at Changi Exhibition Centre, Booth D35 from 11-16 February. The innovations on display will focus on four key areas: aviation remanufacturing technolo
Pioneering aerospace test study to evaluate defects within composite structures
A team of materials testing experts from Element Materials Technology’s laboratory based in Hitchin, UK, has completed a study to demonstrate the feasibility of a state-of-the-art technique to instantly evaluate defects within composite aerospace structures.
UK Thermoelectric Network (TEMPEST) set up to exploit UK strengths in nanotechnology
The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network announces its support for the first UK Thermoelectric Network – TEMPEST, funded through the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
Self-healing aerospace composites to be tested in EUR3.7 million research project
Element Hitchin UK has been chosen as a materials testing partner in Hipocrates, a three-year Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) research project worth over EUR3.7 million that is designed to develop state-of-the-art self-repairing composite materials for the aerospace industry. Preliminary work has
Technology advances needed to keep helium supply afloat
Fears that the world is about to run out of helium are subsiding, but major technological advances are needed to ensure the long-term supply of this valuable, but elusive element, according to the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE).
Innovative handheld mineral analyser uses novel X-ray diffraction method
Dr Graeme Hansford from the University of Leicester’s Space Research Centre (SRC) has recently started a collaborative project with Bruker Elemental to develop a handheld mineral analyser for mining applications – the first of its kind.
RNA sequencing and protein studies create novel elastomeric materials
A wide range of biologically inspired materials may now be possible by combining protein studies, materials science and RNA sequencing, according to an international team of researchers at Penn State University.
Event discusses industrial measurement and characterisation of nanocarbon and 2D materials
The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network announces the programme for its Industrial Measurement and Characterisation of Nanocarbon and 2D Materials event, supported by Newcastle University’s NEXUS XPS Facility. The event takes place on 10 December 2013 at the Hancock Museum in Newcastle.
Gas turbine laboratory boosts research into more efficient and cleaner gas turbines
The highly adaptable gas turbine engine is one of the most frequently utilised sources of power in the modern age. Derivatives exist in applications ranging from the generation of electric power and jet propulsion to the supply of compressed air and heat. A new research facility at the University of
Element Materials Technology Completes Acquisition of DNV GL’s German Material Testing Laboratories
Element Materials Technology has completed the acquisition of DNV GL’s German materials testing laboratories, further strengthening its European materials testing presence. In September 2016, Element announced that it had entered into a binding agreement with DNV GL subject to obtaining German
Advanced thermal system to process battery materials
Harper International, world leader in custom thermal processing solutions for advanced materials, has been awarded a contract for a high volume Rotary furnace system by Prayon, headquartered in Belgium. The innovative reactor will be used for drying and calcining of Prayon’s advanced iron phosphate
Materials information management software embeds enterprise materials information experience
Granta Design has announced GRANTA MI Version 9, the latest version of its leading materials information management software, delivering a series of new tools based on extensive experience and feedback from enterprise implementations worldwide. This major annual release rolls-up all the upgrades and
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
The future of metal laser melting
Metal laser melting has mastered the leap from rapid prototyping to recognised production technology. Additive manufactured parts are used in a wide range of industries. Toolcraft has expanded its machinery in order to more effectively meet the demand, with an M2 Cusing multilaser system made by Con
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.
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.
Albumin-glycerol blended bioplastic shows promise for antibacterial packaging
Bioplastics made from protein sources such as albumin and whey have shown significant antibacterial properties, findings that could eventually lead to their use in plastics used in medical applications such as wound healing dressings, sutures, catheter tubes and drug delivery, according to a recent
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
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
Increased research efforts to speed up commercialisation of carbon fibres
New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Carbon Fibres Technology‒9 Dimensional Assessment, finds that end-user industries such as the automotive and aerospace sectors are also contributing to funding along with carbon fibre manufacturers, highlighting the intent towards wider adoption. The increas
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!
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.
Significant investment planned to expand CMC testing capacity
USA independent materials testing organization Element Materials Technology has announced plans for a major expansion of its Ceramic Matrix Composites (CMC) testing capacity. Expansion work at Element Cincinnati began in June, with Element anticipating completion before the end of 2014.
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
Analytical, optimisation software reduces weight of NASA’s Orion crew vehicle
At the 2014 Composites and Advanced Materials Expo (CAMX) (previously SAMPE), Collier Research Corporation is demonstrating a key software program used to reduce weight on the heat shield of NASA’s Orion Multi-purpose Crew Vehicle. The show runs from 13 to 16 October at the Orange County Convention
Transparent silver nanowire (AgNW) mesh electrode could replace brittle, rare ITO in silver cells
Olympus has released a new application note detailing how the quick and non-destructive nature of the Olympus LEXT OLS4100 high-resolution analysis and stitching function capabilities has enhanced research into organic semiconductors and transparent electrodes.
INEMI project looks at automotive electronics reliability
The drive for miniaturization coupled with automotive reliability expectations requires better understanding of material properties beyond standard bulk analysis. A new INEMI project will measure functional performance of small geometries through understanding a combination of material properties an
Thermoplastic hydrogen storage vessels for fuel cell vehicles
Element Materials Technology is undertaking a major research project from its Hitchin (formerly MERL) UK laboratory on thermoplastic high-pressure hydrogen storage vessels for fuel cell vehicles. The HOST (Hydrogen-Optimization of Storage and Transfer) project is part-funded by the UK Technology Str
Epoxy adhesive demonstrates advantages of ductility on composite single lap joints
An Araldite epoxy adhesive system from Huntsman Advanced Materials has been used in an experiment conducted by a research group, under the direction of Dr Trevor Young of the Irish Centre for Composites Research at the University of Limerick, in which the bondline stress concentrations and the influ
Drakelands tungsten mine development gets revised planning approval
SLR Consulting has helped secure a revised planning approval for a £75 million processing facility at Wolf Minerals’ Drakelands tungsten mine near Plymouth. On completion the plant will produce up to 5000 tonnes of tungsten concentrate and 1000 tonnes of tin concentrate a year at what is
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.
Laboratory expands oil and gas testing capability
The oil and gas testing facility operated by Element Materials Technology in Hitchin, UK, is set to complete a significant expansion and improvement project in order to consolidate operations, increase efficiency, and expand capacity. Hitchin works with clients in the Aerospace, Oil & Gas (O&G) and
Parasitic conduction heralds advance in solid-state lithium batteries
A team of researchers at Tohoku University in Japan has created a new type of lithium ion conductor for future batteries that could be the basis for a whole new generation of solid-state batteries. It uses rock salt Lithium Borohydride (LiBH4), a well-known agent in organic chemistry laboratories th
Field trials reveal substantial cost savings with aluminium melting crucibles
Field studies carried out by the Molten Metal Systems business of Morgan Advanced Materials reveal that the company’s latest addition to the Syncarb Z2 family of crucibles is achieving substantial cost savings in operational conditions for the aluminium melting industry.
Graphene Markets, Technologies and Opportunities 2014-2024
New research by Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh, Head of Consulting, IDTechEx shows that graphene markets will grow from around $20 million in 2014 to more than $390 million in 2024, at the material level. The market will be split across many application sectors; each attracting a different type of graphene
Magnetostrictive materials optimised by multi-physics simulation
Materials that demonstrate different responses to varying external stimuli are known as "smart materials,’ and their discovery has led to the creation of products that perform on a whole new level. These engineered materials are developed to perform smarter and more efficiently than their predecess
Boron carbide produced by cheaper, purer, lower temperature process
Scientists at the University of Birmingham have developed a new method of producing boron carbide powder - one of the hardest materials on the planet - which uses lower temperatures and introduces fewer contaminants than current processing methods. Licensing partners are currently being sought by th
Groundbreaking research into continuous manufacture of composite pipelines
Element Hitchin (UK) has successfully completed a groundbreaking proof-of-concept research project to design and build equipment for the continuous quality control and repairing of reinforced thermoplastic pipes during the manufacturing process. This represents a first of its kind capability for the
Conductive Inks: booming to $2.8 billion by 2024
The conductive ink and paste business is segmented, consisting of many emerging and mature markets. In the new report Conductive Ink Markets 2014-2024: Forecasts, Technologies, Players IDTechEx sees the market experiencing 4.5% CAGR over the coming decade, although growth will be unevenly spread wit
Nanofibres move into the medical field and advanced composites
Electrospinning is now established as a commercially viable manufacturing process with nanofibres of a range of different polymers now readily available, either as standard product or as "specials’. Applications for these nanofibres are potentially in many different market areas and it is becoming
Bio-based polyamide selected for fuel vapour separators
Royal DSM's bio-based high performance EcoPaXX polyamide 410 has been selected by Dytech-Dynamic Fluid Technologies for the fuel vapour separators it produces for Ferrari and Maserati sports cars. The halogen-free flame retardant EcoPaXX Q-KGS6, will increase the fire safety of the cars by combinin
Plastic film recycling - end of the road for landfill and incineration?
The large-scale incineration or dumping of plastic films in landfills could soon be a thing of the past as new technologies seek to convert plastics into fuels and other useful products. However, Axion Consulting – a UK-based waste processing consultancy specialising in plastics recycling – believe
Law firm comments on new California green chemistry product regulations
Rollout of major green chemistry regulations have begun in California with the announcement of the first three priority products to be regulated under the state’s Green Chemistry program. Children’s foam padding sleeping products containing the flame retardant TDCPP; spray polyurethane foam systems
Luminescent metal nanoclusters for sensors, bioimaging, energy harvesting
In a paper published in Science and Technology of Advanced Materials, researchers summarize recent advances in the controlled synthesis and application of luminescent metal nanoclusters, including potential uses in sensors, bioimaging, and energy harvesting and conversion.
Dedicated hardware for carbon fibre sintered parts
Graphite Additive Manufacturing announces that its specialist carbon fibre reinforced plastic material, printed using the specialist SLS process, once the exclusive province of Formula One teams, is now available widely.
Adaptive phononic crystals produce vibration-damping sheet metal that never rattles
Researchers from Empa and ETH Zurich have succeeded in producing a prototype of a vibration-damping material that is not only able to damp vibrations completely, but it can also specifically conduct certain frequencies further. Although the "programmable material’ still only works in a one-dimension
Safer and more sustainable materials for manufacturing
Manufacturing industries rely on a supply of raw materials; increasingly these are rare, expensive, difficult to source, and subject to regulation. A £10.3 million grant, awarded to researchers today by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) will be used to find safer, m
Four innovations areas for sustainable aviation include composites NDI
The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) will share its latest R&D initiatives for sustainable aviation at the Singapore Airshow 2014 at Changi Exhibition Centre, Booth D35 from 11-16 February. The innovations on display will focus on four key areas: aviation remanufacturing technolo
Pioneering aerospace test study to evaluate defects within composite structures
A team of materials testing experts from Element Materials Technology’s laboratory based in Hitchin, UK, has completed a study to demonstrate the feasibility of a state-of-the-art technique to instantly evaluate defects within composite aerospace structures.
UK Thermoelectric Network (TEMPEST) set up to exploit UK strengths in nanotechnology
The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network announces its support for the first UK Thermoelectric Network – TEMPEST, funded through the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
Self-healing aerospace composites to be tested in EUR3.7 million research project
Element Hitchin UK has been chosen as a materials testing partner in Hipocrates, a three-year Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) research project worth over EUR3.7 million that is designed to develop state-of-the-art self-repairing composite materials for the aerospace industry. Preliminary work has
Technology advances needed to keep helium supply afloat
Fears that the world is about to run out of helium are subsiding, but major technological advances are needed to ensure the long-term supply of this valuable, but elusive element, according to the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE).
Innovative handheld mineral analyser uses novel X-ray diffraction method
Dr Graeme Hansford from the University of Leicester’s Space Research Centre (SRC) has recently started a collaborative project with Bruker Elemental to develop a handheld mineral analyser for mining applications – the first of its kind.
RNA sequencing and protein studies create novel elastomeric materials
A wide range of biologically inspired materials may now be possible by combining protein studies, materials science and RNA sequencing, according to an international team of researchers at Penn State University.
Event discusses industrial measurement and characterisation of nanocarbon and 2D materials
The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network announces the programme for its Industrial Measurement and Characterisation of Nanocarbon and 2D Materials event, supported by Newcastle University’s NEXUS XPS Facility. The event takes place on 10 December 2013 at the Hancock Museum in Newcastle.
Gas turbine laboratory boosts research into more efficient and cleaner gas turbines
The highly adaptable gas turbine engine is one of the most frequently utilised sources of power in the modern age. Derivatives exist in applications ranging from the generation of electric power and jet propulsion to the supply of compressed air and heat. A new research facility at the University of
Element Materials Technology Completes Acquisition of DNV GL’s German Material Testing Laboratories
Element Materials Technology has completed the acquisition of DNV GL’s German materials testing laboratories, further strengthening its European materials testing presence. In September 2016, Element announced that it had entered into a binding agreement with DNV GL subject to obtaining German
Advanced thermal system to process battery materials
Harper International, world leader in custom thermal processing solutions for advanced materials, has been awarded a contract for a high volume Rotary furnace system by Prayon, headquartered in Belgium. The innovative reactor will be used for drying and calcining of Prayon’s advanced iron phosphate
Materials information management software embeds enterprise materials information experience
Granta Design has announced GRANTA MI Version 9, the latest version of its leading materials information management software, delivering a series of new tools based on extensive experience and feedback from enterprise implementations worldwide. This major annual release rolls-up all the upgrades and
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
The future of metal laser melting
Metal laser melting has mastered the leap from rapid prototyping to recognised production technology. Additive manufactured parts are used in a wide range of industries. Toolcraft has expanded its machinery in order to more effectively meet the demand, with an M2 Cusing multilaser system made by Con
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.
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.
Albumin-glycerol blended bioplastic shows promise for antibacterial packaging
Bioplastics made from protein sources such as albumin and whey have shown significant antibacterial properties, findings that could eventually lead to their use in plastics used in medical applications such as wound healing dressings, sutures, catheter tubes and drug delivery, according to a recent
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
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
Increased research efforts to speed up commercialisation of carbon fibres
New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Carbon Fibres Technology‒9 Dimensional Assessment, finds that end-user industries such as the automotive and aerospace sectors are also contributing to funding along with carbon fibre manufacturers, highlighting the intent towards wider adoption. The increas
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!
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.
Significant investment planned to expand CMC testing capacity
USA independent materials testing organization Element Materials Technology has announced plans for a major expansion of its Ceramic Matrix Composites (CMC) testing capacity. Expansion work at Element Cincinnati began in June, with Element anticipating completion before the end of 2014.
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
Analytical, optimisation software reduces weight of NASA’s Orion crew vehicle
At the 2014 Composites and Advanced Materials Expo (CAMX) (previously SAMPE), Collier Research Corporation is demonstrating a key software program used to reduce weight on the heat shield of NASA’s Orion Multi-purpose Crew Vehicle. The show runs from 13 to 16 October at the Orange County Convention
Transparent silver nanowire (AgNW) mesh electrode could replace brittle, rare ITO in silver cells
Olympus has released a new application note detailing how the quick and non-destructive nature of the Olympus LEXT OLS4100 high-resolution analysis and stitching function capabilities has enhanced research into organic semiconductors and transparent electrodes.
INEMI project looks at automotive electronics reliability
The drive for miniaturization coupled with automotive reliability expectations requires better understanding of material properties beyond standard bulk analysis. A new INEMI project will measure functional performance of small geometries through understanding a combination of material properties an
Thermoplastic hydrogen storage vessels for fuel cell vehicles
Element Materials Technology is undertaking a major research project from its Hitchin (formerly MERL) UK laboratory on thermoplastic high-pressure hydrogen storage vessels for fuel cell vehicles. The HOST (Hydrogen-Optimization of Storage and Transfer) project is part-funded by the UK Technology Str
Epoxy adhesive demonstrates advantages of ductility on composite single lap joints
An Araldite epoxy adhesive system from Huntsman Advanced Materials has been used in an experiment conducted by a research group, under the direction of Dr Trevor Young of the Irish Centre for Composites Research at the University of Limerick, in which the bondline stress concentrations and the influ
Drakelands tungsten mine development gets revised planning approval
SLR Consulting has helped secure a revised planning approval for a £75 million processing facility at Wolf Minerals’ Drakelands tungsten mine near Plymouth. On completion the plant will produce up to 5000 tonnes of tungsten concentrate and 1000 tonnes of tin concentrate a year at what is
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.
Laboratory expands oil and gas testing capability
The oil and gas testing facility operated by Element Materials Technology in Hitchin, UK, is set to complete a significant expansion and improvement project in order to consolidate operations, increase efficiency, and expand capacity. Hitchin works with clients in the Aerospace, Oil & Gas (O&G) and
Parasitic conduction heralds advance in solid-state lithium batteries
A team of researchers at Tohoku University in Japan has created a new type of lithium ion conductor for future batteries that could be the basis for a whole new generation of solid-state batteries. It uses rock salt Lithium Borohydride (LiBH4), a well-known agent in organic chemistry laboratories th
Field trials reveal substantial cost savings with aluminium melting crucibles
Field studies carried out by the Molten Metal Systems business of Morgan Advanced Materials reveal that the company’s latest addition to the Syncarb Z2 family of crucibles is achieving substantial cost savings in operational conditions for the aluminium melting industry.
Graphene Markets, Technologies and Opportunities 2014-2024
New research by Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh, Head of Consulting, IDTechEx shows that graphene markets will grow from around $20 million in 2014 to more than $390 million in 2024, at the material level. The market will be split across many application sectors; each attracting a different type of graphene
Magnetostrictive materials optimised by multi-physics simulation
Materials that demonstrate different responses to varying external stimuli are known as "smart materials,’ and their discovery has led to the creation of products that perform on a whole new level. These engineered materials are developed to perform smarter and more efficiently than their predecess
Boron carbide produced by cheaper, purer, lower temperature process
Scientists at the University of Birmingham have developed a new method of producing boron carbide powder - one of the hardest materials on the planet - which uses lower temperatures and introduces fewer contaminants than current processing methods. Licensing partners are currently being sought by th
Groundbreaking research into continuous manufacture of composite pipelines
Element Hitchin (UK) has successfully completed a groundbreaking proof-of-concept research project to design and build equipment for the continuous quality control and repairing of reinforced thermoplastic pipes during the manufacturing process. This represents a first of its kind capability for the
Conductive Inks: booming to $2.8 billion by 2024
The conductive ink and paste business is segmented, consisting of many emerging and mature markets. In the new report Conductive Ink Markets 2014-2024: Forecasts, Technologies, Players IDTechEx sees the market experiencing 4.5% CAGR over the coming decade, although growth will be unevenly spread wit
Nanofibres move into the medical field and advanced composites
Electrospinning is now established as a commercially viable manufacturing process with nanofibres of a range of different polymers now readily available, either as standard product or as "specials’. Applications for these nanofibres are potentially in many different market areas and it is becoming
Bio-based polyamide selected for fuel vapour separators
Royal DSM's bio-based high performance EcoPaXX polyamide 410 has been selected by Dytech-Dynamic Fluid Technologies for the fuel vapour separators it produces for Ferrari and Maserati sports cars. The halogen-free flame retardant EcoPaXX Q-KGS6, will increase the fire safety of the cars by combinin
Plastic film recycling - end of the road for landfill and incineration?
The large-scale incineration or dumping of plastic films in landfills could soon be a thing of the past as new technologies seek to convert plastics into fuels and other useful products. However, Axion Consulting – a UK-based waste processing consultancy specialising in plastics recycling – believe
Law firm comments on new California green chemistry product regulations
Rollout of major green chemistry regulations have begun in California with the announcement of the first three priority products to be regulated under the state’s Green Chemistry program. Children’s foam padding sleeping products containing the flame retardant TDCPP; spray polyurethane foam systems
Luminescent metal nanoclusters for sensors, bioimaging, energy harvesting
In a paper published in Science and Technology of Advanced Materials, researchers summarize recent advances in the controlled synthesis and application of luminescent metal nanoclusters, including potential uses in sensors, bioimaging, and energy harvesting and conversion.
Dedicated hardware for carbon fibre sintered parts
Graphite Additive Manufacturing announces that its specialist carbon fibre reinforced plastic material, printed using the specialist SLS process, once the exclusive province of Formula One teams, is now available widely.
Adaptive phononic crystals produce vibration-damping sheet metal that never rattles
Researchers from Empa and ETH Zurich have succeeded in producing a prototype of a vibration-damping material that is not only able to damp vibrations completely, but it can also specifically conduct certain frequencies further. Although the "programmable material’ still only works in a one-dimension
Safer and more sustainable materials for manufacturing
Manufacturing industries rely on a supply of raw materials; increasingly these are rare, expensive, difficult to source, and subject to regulation. A £10.3 million grant, awarded to researchers today by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) will be used to find safer, m
Four innovations areas for sustainable aviation include composites NDI
The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) will share its latest R&D initiatives for sustainable aviation at the Singapore Airshow 2014 at Changi Exhibition Centre, Booth D35 from 11-16 February. The innovations on display will focus on four key areas: aviation remanufacturing technolo
Pioneering aerospace test study to evaluate defects within composite structures
A team of materials testing experts from Element Materials Technology’s laboratory based in Hitchin, UK, has completed a study to demonstrate the feasibility of a state-of-the-art technique to instantly evaluate defects within composite aerospace structures.
UK Thermoelectric Network (TEMPEST) set up to exploit UK strengths in nanotechnology
The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network announces its support for the first UK Thermoelectric Network – TEMPEST, funded through the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
Self-healing aerospace composites to be tested in EUR3.7 million research project
Element Hitchin UK has been chosen as a materials testing partner in Hipocrates, a three-year Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) research project worth over EUR3.7 million that is designed to develop state-of-the-art self-repairing composite materials for the aerospace industry. Preliminary work has
Technology advances needed to keep helium supply afloat
Fears that the world is about to run out of helium are subsiding, but major technological advances are needed to ensure the long-term supply of this valuable, but elusive element, according to the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE).
Innovative handheld mineral analyser uses novel X-ray diffraction method
Dr Graeme Hansford from the University of Leicester’s Space Research Centre (SRC) has recently started a collaborative project with Bruker Elemental to develop a handheld mineral analyser for mining applications – the first of its kind.
RNA sequencing and protein studies create novel elastomeric materials
A wide range of biologically inspired materials may now be possible by combining protein studies, materials science and RNA sequencing, according to an international team of researchers at Penn State University.
Event discusses industrial measurement and characterisation of nanocarbon and 2D materials
The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network announces the programme for its Industrial Measurement and Characterisation of Nanocarbon and 2D Materials event, supported by Newcastle University’s NEXUS XPS Facility. The event takes place on 10 December 2013 at the Hancock Museum in Newcastle.
Gas turbine laboratory boosts research into more efficient and cleaner gas turbines
The highly adaptable gas turbine engine is one of the most frequently utilised sources of power in the modern age. Derivatives exist in applications ranging from the generation of electric power and jet propulsion to the supply of compressed air and heat. A new research facility at the University of
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