Explore Engineering Materials

Whether you are interested in a specific material type or application discover it here in our explore section. Find dedicated pages to all types of materials including Composites, Metals and Alloys, Rubber and Plastics, Coatings and Tribology, Sustainable Engineering, and Materials in Production.

Coatings and Tribology
01/05/2018

Water-repellent surfaces can efficiently boil water and keep electronics cool

According to researchers from Purdue University, surfaces that repel water can support efficient boiling if all air and vapour is removed from a system first.  Read More

01/11/2018

Coatings boost medical device performance

By applying PVD coatings to surgical instruments, implants and other medical devices, OEMs can increase value and differentiate products with functional properties.  Read More

16/04/2018

The ‘omniphobic’ material that repels everything

A materials science researcher at the University of Michigan has demonstrated a smooth, durable, clear coating that repels just about every known liquid, an advance that could grime-proof phone ...  Read More

Composite Materials
02/10/2018

New materials could make future vehicles more comfortable

Scientists from Surrey joined forces with Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and the University of California to develop a material that has high stiffness and damping. The material, that is as ...  Read More

02/11/2018

Lighter landings

Aircraft landing gear has historically been manufactured with the same kinds of materials due to high safety records. Now, a UK project will use composites to reduce their weight by nearly a third, ...  Read More

09/01/2017

Bomb suit tests show advanced materials offer more protection and greater flexibility

Berks based Morgan Advanced Materials has recently completed independent testing of its Silverback 4020 Elite bomb disposal suit. The tests were conducted at the independently certified Ordnance Test ...  Read More

Materials in Production
16/04/2018

4Plas to showcase their range of engineering compounds at Engineering Materials Live

4Plas Ltd will be showcasing its extensive range of engineering compounds at Engineering Materials Live on 10 May at the National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham, with particular attention on their ...  Read More

06/06/2017

Will Ford's composites move finally crack the automotive industry's throughput dilemma?

Carbon fibre is making a slow but seemingly inevitable move into the automotive industry. But can engineers crack the throughput difficulties that have dogged uptake? James Bakewell reports.  Read More

05/07/2017

Robotic manufacture halves production times for steel prefab bridges

Prefab bridge manufacturer, Mabey, is using robots to build parts of a modular steel bridge. The Gloucestershire based firm has invested £2.6 million in robotics, halving the manufacturing time for ...  Read More

Metals and Alloys
02/10/2018

New materials could make future vehicles more comfortable

Scientists from Surrey joined forces with Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and the University of California to develop a material that has high stiffness and damping. The material, that is as ...  Read More

01/11/2018

Coatings boost medical device performance

By applying PVD coatings to surgical instruments, implants and other medical devices, OEMs can increase value and differentiate products with functional properties.  Read More

30/01/2018

Alloy tested to create foldable wings for supersonic drone

NASA and Boeing have tested a drone that can hit incredible speeds due to a material innovation that allows the wings to dynamically change shape and position based on flight needs.  Read More

Rubber and Plastics
03/09/2018

Material shifts shape using heat and light

A material developed by engineers at the University of Colorado Boulder can transform into complex, pre-programmed shapes via light and temperature stimuli before reverting to its original form.  Read More

31/10/2018

Are 3D printing materials sustainable?

With additive manufacturing (AM) techniques being widely adopted in industries worldwide, design engineering and manufacturing are undoubtedly being ushered into a new era of development. But, how ...  Read More

09/04/2018

Liquid-in-liquid 3D printed structures

Scientists from the US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have developed a way to 3D print structures composed entirely of liquids. They envision their ...  Read More

Sustainable Engineering
26/06/2015

Materials data shared across CAD and CAE

Granta Design has announced Version 3.1 of the MI:Materials Gateway software, enhancing access to materials data within CAD and CAE. Materials choices specified in CAD can be accessed in the CAE ...  Read More

10/03/2015

Raising the BAR

If you have the best sailor in the Olympic history, sailing the best boat available, then the long wait for a British victory in the America's Cup will be over. Easier said than done of course  Read More

01/04/2011

Windchill Business Value: A Single Source of Truth

Whether your organisation is a global conglomerate, a regional supplier, or a small service bureau, you face many obstacles trying to manage product content and development processes. The fact is, ...  Read More

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