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Next-gen pylon to be made in UK

UK steel maker Mabey Bridge is to build the support towers for a new generation of pylon structures that could be rolled out across the UK network. The contract awarded by National Grid is for the first six T-shape pylons that are due to be trialled at a test facility in Nottinghamshire.   Read More


Composite fan blades boost aircraft fuel efficiency

GE is utilising a next generation carbon fibre composite for the fan blades of its new GE9X engine, which it says will deliver fuel savings of around 5%.  Read More


'Super black' material absorbs 99.96% of light

UK scientists have produced a pure coating of carbon capable of absorbing 99.96% of light – the highest figure ever recorded.  Read More


Government warned to act over material shortages

The government needs to urgently address escalating risks to the UK's supply of essential materials, according to a report out by EEF.  Read More


'Super steel' created for tougher military vehicles

A new form of steel has been developed that is not only incredibly strong and lightweight, but also cheap and simple to manufacture.  Read More


Harder ceramic developed for military vehicle windows

In a development that could significantly improve the strength of transparent ceramics, a group of experts from the US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has come up with a new way to make spinel, an armour material used in the windows of military vehicles.  Read More


Regenerating plastic grows back after damage

Self-healing plastics have been around for about a decade, but they have never been able to heal damage much larger than the width of a human hair.  Read More


New-and-improved Geckskin developed

Two years after unveiling a gecko-inspired, reusable adhesive known as Geckskin, researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have unveiled a new version that, unlike its predecessor, also works on rough surfaces like drywall and wood.  Read More


Aerogel offers ‘greener’ way to clean up oil spills

A new type of aerogel technology is being developed in the US, which could offer a cheaper and 'greener' way to absorb oil and heavy metals from water.  Read More


£10m boost for advanced materials research

A £10.3million grant has been awarded to four UK universities to find safer, more sustainable alternatives to the rare, expensive and difficult to source raw materials used by industry.   Read More


Technique paves way for shatter-proof glass

Taking inspiration from natural structures like seashells and teeth, researchers in Canada have been able to significantly increase the toughness of glass.  Read More


Flexible materials to manipulate sound and light

Flexible, layered materials textured with nanoscale wrinkles could be used to control the wavelengths and distribution of waves of sound and light. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US say the technique could have numerous applications from non-destructive testing (NDT) to sound suppression.  Read More


Carbon nanotubes used to create flame-resistant coating

A carbon nanotube-based coating, said to greatly reduce the flammability of foam used in furniture, has been unveiled by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) researchers.  Read More


Nylon material engineered for additive manufacturing

A new 3D printing material has been introduced by Stratasys, which it says enables the creation of tougher, more flexible unfilled nylon parts.  Read More


Graphene used to create 'smallest' FM radio transmitter

Engineers from New York's Columbia University have created a nano-mechanical system that can create FM radio signals.  Read More


Engineered surfaces are ‘most water-resistant ever’

Taking inspiration from nature, researchers in the US have engineered what they believe are the most super-hydrophobic surfaces yet.  Read More


Polymer coating used to create ‘self-healing’ battery electrode

In a breakthrough which could significantly extend the lifetime of Li-ion batteries, researchers in the US have created a battery electrode that can 'heal itself'.  Read More


Thermal filler increases polymer conductivity by 25%

Finnish materials company Carbodeon has developed a new thermal filler that is said to increase the conductivity of thermally conductive polymers by 25%.  Read More


Carbyne material is ‘world’s strongest’

Move over graphene, researchers at Rice University have uncovered a new material which they believe is the world's strongest.  Read More


Process turns waste plastic bags into high tech nanomaterial

Scientists in Australia have found away to turn waste plastic bags into carbon nanotube membranes, ultra strong and highly sophisticated materials with a variety of potential applications, including filtration, sensing and energy storage.  Read More


Rheology equipment given boost

Material testing equipment manufacturer Instron has developed a series of Rheology systems to determine the melt flow rates of materials.   Read More


Flexible PV enters production

A production partnership between two Austrian companies could soon see the production of a flexible photovoltaic film. Forster Verkehrs and Crystalsol are to produce a new type of flexible photovoltaic film based on a crystalline semiconductor powder.  Read More


Discovery paves way for stronger, more eco-friendly cement

Researchers in Denmark have found a way to make the world's most popular building material stronger and more eco-friendly.  Read More


Ultra strong, eco-friendly building material

An Australian company called Zeo has developed and patented an ultra strong, eco-friendly building material, using only water and cellulose.  Read More


Funding boost for advanced composite materials

The EPSRC has awarded a £3.3million grant to the University of Southampton for the development and manufacture of advanced composite materials.  Read More

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