Engineering Materials News

The latest news from the global materials community including material science, engineering, breakthroughs, innovation and applications.

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17/09/2018

Discussing the use of AI to design advanced materials at Engineering Materials Live

Using artificial intelligence (AI) and harnessing the power of deep learning to guide the design of new advanced materials, is the topic of a speaker paper that will be delivered at Engineering Materials Live later this week, by Cambridge-based company Intellegens.  Read More

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

29/08/2018

Tufnol Composites to return to Engineering Materials Live

Tufnol Composites is returning to the Engineering Materials Live show following success at the exhibition in 2017.  Read More

12/07/2018

Graphene smart membranes can control water

Researchers at The University of Manchester’s National Graphene Institute (NGI) have successfully controlled water flow by sending an electrical current through graphene oxide membranes. The membranes can even be used to completely block water from passing through when required. This research is claimed to open an avenue for developing smart membrane technologies and could revolutionise the field of artificial biological systems, tissue engineering and filtration.  Read More

28/06/2018

‘Stealth’ material hides hot objects from infrared sensors

Infrared cameras are the heat-sensing eyes that help drones find their targets even in the dead of night or through heavy fog. Now, thanks to researchers from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, hiding from such detectors could become much easier, thanks to a new cloaking material that renders objects — and people — practically invisible.  Read More

27/06/2018

This material’s properties could enable better IR detection for autonomous vehicles

One of the leading challenges for autonomous vehicles is to ensure that they can detect and sense objects – even through dense fog. Compared to the current visible light-based cameras, infrared (IR) cameras can offer better visibility through the fog, smoke or tiny particles that can scatter the visible light.   Read More

25/06/2018

First partners announced by Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre

The University of Manchester’s recently completed £60m Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC) has agreed the first in a series of industrial partnerships to accelerate the commercialisation of graphene in Manchester.  Read More

20/06/2018

Deadline for entries for the British Engineering Excellence Awards extended

The deadline to submit entries for the British Engineering Excellence Awards (BEEAs) for 2018 have been extended to the 29th June.  Read More

20/06/2018

Horners Award 2018 now open for entries

The Worshipful Company of Horners and the British Plastics Federation (BPF) are now accepting entries to The Horners Award for Plastics Innovation and Design – the deadline is 31 July 2018.  Read More

22/05/2018

Processing glass like a polymer

Pure quartz glass is highly transparent and resistant to thermal, physical, and chemical impacts. These are optimum prerequisites for use in optics, data technology or medical engineering. For efficient, high-quality machining, however, adequate processes are lacking. Scientists from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) say they have developed a forming technology to structure quartz glass like a polymer.   Read More

21/05/2018

Controlling the properties of graphene transistors with pressure

An international team of researchers claims to have developed a technique to manipulate the electrical conductivity of graphene with compression, bringing the material closer to being a viable semiconductor for use in electronic devices.  Read More

18/05/2018

Manmade bio-material outperforms steel and spider silk

A team, led by Daniel Söderberg from the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, claims to have used DESY’s (Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron) X-ray light source PETRA III to produce the strongest bio-material ever made. The artificial and bio-degradable cellulose fibres (CNF) are stronger than steel and even spider silk, which is usually considered the strongest bio-based material.  Read More

11/05/2018

Materials degree apprenticeship programme given green light

The Institute for Apprenticeships has approved the development of the occupational standard for the engineering and technology programme.  Read More

03/05/2018

CPI and NCC collaborate to develop future lightweight materials

The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) is collaborating with the National Composites Centre (NCC) to develop the next generation of lightweight materials. The project, known as ‘Enhanced structural composites’ (ECOi), is evaluating the functionality and applicability of new graphene-enhanced materials in a variety of industries.  Read More

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

30/04/2018

APC makes £30m funding available to reduce carbon emissions

The Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) has today opened its 10th funding competition, making up to £30 million available for the development of low carbon powertrain technology in the UK.  Read More

26/04/2018

Two weeks to go until Engineering Materials Live

Engineering Materials Live is just around the corner, and we are looking forward to welcoming design engineers and material suppliers to the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham on Thursday 10 May.  Read More

19/04/2018

Adaptive materials for advanced rotorcraft concepts

Engineers at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) and the University of Maryland have developed a technique that causes a composite material to become 93% stiffer and 35% stronger on-demand when exposed to ultraviolet light.  Read More

18/04/2018

Scalable manufacturing process spools out strips of graphene membranes

Engineers from MIT have developed a continuous manufacturing process that produces long strips of high-quality graphene for applications in desalination, biological separation and more.  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 screens, countertops, camera lenses and countless other everyday items.  Read More

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 Polycarbonate and PC/ABS range.   Read More

12/04/2018

Metamaterial redirects and reflects sound

Researchers at Duke University in the US have demonstrated the design and construction of what they claim is the first thin material that can control the redirection and reflection of sound waves with almost perfect efficiency.  Read More

12/04/2018

EMS-GRIVORY explore designing for high temperatures at Engineering Materials Live

Join a free-to-attend seminar delivered by leading polymer specialist EMS-GRIVORY, titled ‘Engineering Polymers for Highest Temperatures’ at Engineering Materials Live, held at the National Motorcycle Museum on 10 May.  Read More

11/04/2018

Stratasys adds PEKK-based, high-performance thermoplastic for FDM process

At MACH 2018 Stratasys introduced a new PEKK-based high-performance thermoplastic, called Antero 800NA for its FDM process for space, aerospace, automotive, high-end industrial manufacturing, and oil-and-gas applications.  Read More

11/04/2018

Tufnol Composites 'doubles up' at Engineering Materials Live

Birmingham based Tufnol Composites will be exhibiting for the second year running at the Engineering Materials Live show at the National Motorcycle Museum on 10 May 2018.   Read More

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