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Rubber material based on bio-renewable polymer for fluid applications
: 19 April, 2015
The bio-renewable rubber, for which development by Freudenberg began in 2012, is made from polymer which has its beginnings with sugarcane. The sugarcane-produced ethanol is then converted into ethylene, which forms a substantial portion of the base polymer.
Transforming food waste into graphene and renewable hydrogen
: 11 March, 2015
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 anaerobic digestion of food waste using an innovative low energy microwave plasma process to split biogas (methane and carbon dioxide) into high value graphitic carbon and renewable hydrogen. The other project partners are: GasPlas AS (NO), CNRS (FR), Fraunhofer IBP (DE), Uvasol Ltd (UK), GAP Waste Management (UK), Geonardo Ltd. (HU), Abalonyx AS (NO).
Increase in ozone destroying substances - but Montreal Protocol on track
: 08 November, 2014
Research from an international team of scientists has shown a recent increase in atmospheric hydrogen chloride (HCI), a substance linked to destruction of the ozone layer. It was anticipated that there would be a decline in HCI under the Montreal Protocol, the international treaty designed to protect the ozone layer by phasing out the production of ozone-depleting substances. The research was led by the University of Liège, Belgium, and involved scientists from Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, the UK, and the USA.
Drakelands tungsten mine development gets revised planning approval
: 10 August, 2014
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 the third largest tungsten resource in the world.
Turnkey production line for surgical needles
: 17 December, 2013
One integrated production line from Jouhsen Bundgens covers the entire production chain – maximum positioning accuracy enables precision laser drilling in austenite blanks.
Nanowires in organic photovoltaic improve efficiency, control processing
: 25 October, 2013
Photovoltaic devices, which tap the power of the sun and convert it to electricity, offer a green and potentially unlimited alternative to fossil fuel use. So why haven't solar technologies been more widely adopted?
Dedicated quality control lab for customer elastomer engineering
: 08 September, 2013
James Walker Keaflex has opened a new dedicated quality control laboratory.
Winton Symposium′s material world
: 08 September, 2013
On 30 September 2013, the Department of Physics will host the second annual Winton Symposium at the Cavendish Laboratory on ′Materials Discovery’. This year’s focus on ′Materials Discovery’ will bring together leading scientists from around the world, revealing unexpected breakthroughs in a wide range of subjects from electronics to life sciences.
Paper, light and foldable, a means of generating electrically conducting structures
: 18 May, 2013
Researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces have created targeted conductive structures on paper using a method that is quite simple: with a conventional inkjet printer, they printed a catalyst on a sheet of paper and then heated it. The printed areas on the paper were thereby converted into conductive graphite. Being an inexpensive, light and flexible raw material, paper is therefore highly suitable for electronic components in everyday objects.
Compostable laminate packs tackle changing waste regulations
: 03 April, 2013
There is no more emotive issue in the packaging industry than recyclability and identifying ways to reduce the 40% of waste going to landfill every year. For many, home composting is a preferred end-of-life option. But until now, few packaging solutions could provide the robustness of performance with this capability. Paper manufacturer Sappi Fine Paper Europe and flexible substrate specialist Innovia Films, have combined the technical packaging performance properties of their Algro Nature and NatureFlex, respectively, to develop a home compostable laminate. Cellulose-based and manufactured from renewable sources, Algro Nature and NatureFlex will help packaging producers meet the EU Packaging Directive becoming effective next year. The intent of the Directive is to ensure that packaging is suitable for recycling, energy recovery or composting in-home or through industrial processes.
Graphene aerogel looks set to become the world's lightest material
: 26 March, 2013
Graphene has scooped fourth place in the Great British Innovations Vote as scientists in China create a Graphene aerogel that looks set to claim the title of the world's lightest material. Coutts has been informing clients of the potential of super-material Graphene for some time, as part of its Futurescope initiative – an initiative that examines how the world may look in the years to come.
Green Alliance: Extending landfill bans would recover £2.5 billion in resources annually
: 22 March, 2013
New research by Green Alliance shows that the policies preventing cars and waste electronics from going to landfill have been effective at improving recycling rates and increasing the resource value recovered from discarded products. If food, textiles, wood, and plastics had landfill restrictions similar to those already used for cars and waste electronics, at least £2.5 billion worth of resources would be kept in production each year.
High-performance dicyclopentadiene (DCPD) based prototyping formulations enable faster time-to-market
: 15 March, 2013
Telene SAS has recently developed a new family of high-performance DCPD based formulations. The Telene 1800 series consists of two component-systems, using the same monomers as more traditional, RIM-orientated Telene grades but based on a different catalyst which overcomes the sensitivity to oxygen or water.
Vortex flowmeter measures oxygen-fuel ratio to enhance steel quality
: 10 March, 2013
By enhancing the measurement of oxygen-fuel ratios, Emerson Process Management's Rosemount 8800 Vortex flowmeters help More's arc furnaces improve the steel production process.
Proposed cut to EU research programme for 2014-2020?
: 20 February, 2013
Early indications are that the budget of the next EU research programme, named Horizon 2020, could be set at Euro 69 billion in the EU’s 2014-2020 budget despite scientists’ calls for continued support for research and innovation.
Grants to help advance sustainability and combat reliance on fossil resource
: 23 January, 2013
Finding alternative ways of supplying chemicals for fuels and industrial use is one of the key challenges facing the industrial biotechnology industry today. Dwindling supplies and growing demand for fossil based resources, plus geopolitical uncertainty and the threat of climate change provide a vivid backdrop.
Flexible composite heatshield coating combines reflection and conduction
: 13 January, 2013
Engineers who previously have had to rely on multiple products to protect composites and heat-sensitive parts from different forms of heat damage can now specify a single coating or heatshield, thanks to its unique combination of ceramic and gold.
Paste technology offers environmental disposal of mining tailings
: 11 January, 2013
Outotec is one of the few companies in the world that can offer paste thickening solutions to the mineral industries in one package. Paste technology means that instead of pumping untreated tailings from the concentrator into tailing ponds, the sand is dewatered to a point when it does not segregate as deposit.
Dedicated motorsport trade show expands to cover aerospace, defence and marine
: 10 January, 2013
The best of British precision engineering and surface technologies are showcased in Birmingham at Autosport International 2013, running from from 10-13 January 2013.
Polymer films heats outdoor gloves evenly
: 03 January, 2013
Electrically heated gloves can save your fingers in extreme cold, but there are two challenges in making them. One is getting the heat evenly distributed. The other is preserving battery power. Chaval claims to have solved those problems by using a polymer film instead of wires. The polymer delivers power specifically to the coldest spots to preserve battery power. The company claims the gloves stay warm up to three times as long as conventional gloves that use electrical wires and are set to a similar temperature.
Generative manufacturing used to make a wireless sensor network and the means of powering it
: 21 November, 2012
Wireless sensor networks monitor machinery and equipment in factories, cars and power stations. They can "harvest’ the energy they need to transmit measurement data from the environment, thus making them self-sufficient. At the Electronica 2012 trade fair, Fraunhofer researchers presented a printed thermogenerator, which in the future will be able to generate energy supply for sensors through temperature differences.
Materials, automation and funding are cornerstones of report on UK growth through aerospace manufacturing
: 12 November, 2012
A new report outlines the importance of the manufacturing industries, with particular emphasis upon aerospace, to the reignition of UK economic growth.
More efficient production of products free of hazardous substances
: 31 October, 2012
IECQ, the IEC Quality Assessment System for Electronic Components, has published the Third edition of IECQ QC 080000, Hazardous Substance Process Management System Requirements.
Power through storage in the structure of a device
: 31 October, 2012
The Materials Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), in partnership with The Functional Materials Division and Defence, Safety and Security Committee of The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and the Aerospace, Aviation and Defence KTN, is offering a free one day workshop to consider the challenges in making structural power a commercial reality.
OM Group partners with Akzonobel for composite curing alternative to cobalt
: 07 September, 2012
OM Group and AkzoNobel have signed an exclusive worldwide distribution agreement for OMG’s Borchi Oxy Cure accelerators. The agreement is limited to the curing of unsaturated polyester and vinylester resins in the composite industry.
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