Composite Materials News

The latest news from the composites industry including new material science, engineering breakthroughs, processing, production and manufacture.

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15/08/2017

Nanomaterials help spiders spin tougher silk

Italian and UK researchers have found a way to make Spider silk stronger, using various spider species and carbon nanotubes or graphene.  Read More

21/07/2017

Strengthening 3D printed parts for real-world use

3D printed parts are used in a variety of industries from aerospace and defence to digital dentistry and medical devices. These parts are often fragile and traditionally used in the prototyping phase of materials or as display pieces. Now, US researchers in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University have developed a process to strengthen 3D printed parts so they can be used in a practical way.  Read More

12/07/2017

Ceramic coating breakthrough brings us closer to hypersonic air travel

Researchers at The University of Manchester in collaboration with Central South University (CSU), China, have created a carbide-based ceramic coating that could revolutionise hypersonic travel for air, space and defence purposes.  Read More

10/07/2017

Time to register for Engineering Materials Live

Registration is now open for Engineering Materials Live, which takes place at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford in Cambridgeshire on 21st September.   Read More

07/07/2017

Spray-on sensing technology for structural health monitoring

A team of researchers from Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has developed sensors which can be sprayed directly on to flat or curved surfaces. The sensors can be networked to extract rich real-time information on the health status of the structure being monitored. Due to its light weight and low fabrication cost, large quantities of sensors can be deployed in a sensor network for detecting hidden flaws of structures, which the researchers say will pave the way for a new era of ultrasonics-based structural health monitoring.  Read More

30/06/2017

Material uses solar energy to remove man-made dye pollutants from water

A novel composite material has been developed by scientists in the Energy Safety Research Institute (ESRI) at Swansea University which shows promise as a catalyst for the degradation of environmentally-harmful synthetic dye pollutants, which are released at a rate of nearly 300,000 tonnes a year into the world's water.  Read More

30/06/2017

Graphene dialysis membrane filters fast

Dialysis is the process by which molecules filter out of one solution, by diffusing through a membrane, into a more dilute solution. Outside of haemodialysis, which removes waste from blood, scientists use dialysis to purify drugs, remove residue from chemical solutions, and isolate molecules for medical diagnosis.   Read More

12/06/2017

Carbon as hard as rock but also elastic

A team of scientists from Yanshan University and Carnegie Institution for Science has developed a form of ultrastrong, lightweight carbon that is also elastic and electrically conductive. This unique combination of properties could serve a variety of applications from aerospace engineering to military armour.   Read More

02/06/2017

4D printing load bearing structures

Researchers at ETH Zurich, led by head of the Engineering Design and Computing Lab Kristina Shea, have developed a construction principle to control the deformation of load bearing 4D printed objects. The moveable and shape-variable objects can be printed as flat components that can be folded out later. The hope is they can also change their shape via external influences or induced forces.  Read More

26/05/2017

Nanoalloys to replace pure platinum in fuel cells

According to research conducted by Chalmers University of Technology and the Technical University of Denmark, a new type of nanocatalyst can result in the long-awaited commercial breakthrough for fuel cell cars.  Read More

25/05/2017

Materials that stand on edge increase efficiency in solar cells

Studies by researchers from Lund University in Sweden and Fudan University in China have shown increased efficiency in solar cells thanks to perovskite’s ability to self-organise by standing on edge.   Read More

12/05/2017

Engineering Materials Live: Focussed success

The inaugural Engineering Materials Live Show kicked off on Thursday 11 May at the National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull. Coupled with the long running FAST exhibition, delegates arrived early enticed by the thought of a bacon sandwich and cup of coffee, before quickly turning their attention to the packed exhibitors’ halls and content-rich technical seminar sessions.   Read More

09/05/2017

Graphene membranes could make nuclear decontamination 100 times less energy intensive

According to research by the University of Manchester, graphene could help reduce the energy cost of producing heavy water and decontamination in nuclear power plants by over 100 times compared with current technologies. This could lead to the reduction of CO2 emissions associated with heavy water production by up to a million tonnes per year.  Read More

05/05/2017

‘Talking’ graphene could revolutionise the audio and telecommunications industries

Researchers from the University of Exeter have devised a ground-breaking method to use graphene to generate complex and controllable sound signals, combining speaker, amplifier and equaliser into a chip the size of a thumbnail.  Read More

04/05/2017

Method developed for recycling carbon fibre composites

A research team from Washington State University (WSU) has developed a promising way to recycle the carbon fibre plastics that are used in everything from modern airplanes and sporting goods to the wind energy industry.  Read More

02/05/2017

Engineering Materials Live to open next week as exhibitor space sells out

Exhibitor stands have now completely sold out for the Engineering Materials Live exhibition as the new event is set to open its doors to visitors on 11th May at the National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham.   Read More

21/04/2017

NASA creates 3D printed 'Space Fabric'

Raul Polit Casillas, systems engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and his colleagues have designed an advanced woven metal fabric for use in spacesuits and structures.  Read More

10/04/2017

Latest exhibitors announced for Engineering Materials Live and FAST Exhibitions

With one month to go until doors open for the co-located FAST Exhibition and Engineering Materials Live exhibitions, the event has so far seen record pre-registration levels for attendees and several new additions to its exhibitor portfolio of leading suppliers from the fastening, bonding and engineering materials sectors.  Read More

21/03/2017

Colour-changing silk composite sensor could speed composite development time

Researchers at the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a way to embed a nanoscale damage-sensing probe into a lightweight composite made of epoxy and silk. The probe, known as a mechanophore, could speed product testing and potentially reduce the amount of time and materials needed for the development of many kinds of new composites.  Read More

15/03/2017

The world’s strongest and most adaptable material

The makers of Braeön (pronounced “brawn”) say it’s plastic composite material is a lighter, more versatile alternative to rope of metal while exhibiting the most beneficial features of both. Boasting a tensile strength of over 900kg, a 100ft length of the composite ribbon weighs less than 0.5kg.  Read More

13/03/2017

Soaking up an oil spill

Scientists at the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have invented a foam, called Oleo Sponge, that not only absorbs oil from water, but is also reusable and can pull dispersed oil from the entire water column - not just the surface.  Read More

24/02/2017

£128m investment in advanced materials research institute

Jo Johnson, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, has confirmed £128million of funding for research equipment and facilities to develop advanced materials. £105m of the funding will be devoted to the construction of the building to host the Henry Royce Institute at The University of Manchester.  Read More

17/02/2017

Composites sharing site aims to reduce waste and support composite materials research.

The short shelf life of composite materials can result in large quantities of waste and high cost and long lead time make sourcing materials for research difficult. Dr James Meredith, from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Sheffield, has come up with a novel solution to these problems by creating the Composites Exchange, a website which gives users the ability to share and acquire unwanted composite materials.  Read More

16/02/2017

MacRebur launch crowdfunding campaign to go global with stronger, longer lasting roads fix

MacRebur is on a mission to fix UK roads by launching a crowdfunding campaign on Seedrs to take their patented idea worldwide. The three founders are looking to raise £590,000 equity to grow and develop their business, which is already disrupting the UK asphalt industry.  Read More

08/02/2017

McLaren to open £50m composites facility at AMRC

McLaren Automotive is to open a £50million purpose-built Composites Technology Centre at the University of Sheffield's Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) in a move expected to create more than 200 jobs. The facility will be responsible for the development and manufacturing of advanced carbon fibre chassis for McLaren supercars.  Read More

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