Engineering Materials News

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

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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

10/08/2017

Optical method to pinpoint weak spots in jet engine thermal coatings

For the first time, researchers from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, have demonstrated that an optical analysis method can reveal weak areas in ceramic thermal barrier coatings that protect jet engine turbines from high temperatures and wear. The technique could be used to predict how long coatings would last on an airplane and might eventually lead to new thermal barrier coatings, making engines more efficient and cutting both the cost and pollution of air travel.   Read More

04/08/2017

Rail Institute calls for lighter weight bogies

An ambitious plan to double the amount of European freight carried by rail could depend on the development of lighter-weight bogies produced using stronger steels and innovative manufacturing techniques, according to findings by experts at the University of Huddersfield.   Read More

25/07/2017

UK scientists to tackle increasing problems caused by space junk

Scientists at the UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) are leading an innovative experiment to tackle the growing problem of space junk.  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

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 the company’s flagship C200 bridge’s panels and chords.  Read More

03/07/2017

Manufacturing & Engineering to open this week

Hundreds of manufacturers and design engineers will be gathering this week for Manufacturing & Engineering North East at the Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle to discover new manufacturing and engineering techniques and services to take back to their site.  Read More

30/06/2017

Osaka University researchers push metals to their limits

Modern aircraft and power generation turbines depend on precision-machined parts that can withstand harsh mechanical forces in high-temperature environments. In many cases, higher operating temperatures lead to more efficient performance. This motivates the search for new ultrahigh-temperature metal alloys that can maintain their shape and strength at temperatures where ordinary steel would melt.   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

27/06/2017

Ductile high strength steel developed in WMG project

A project funded by the WMG centre for High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult has developed a process to make high-strength steel without the usual trade-off of increased brittleness. Researcher, Dr Alireza Rahnama, developed the processing that allows low density steel-based alloys to be produced with ‘maximum strength’, whilst remaining durable and flexible – something that has remained largely impossible until now.   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

12/06/2017

Sensor enables robots to perform hardness measurements through touch

By mounting a sensor on a robotic gripper, two MIT teams have significantly improved the arm's tactile abilities. The teams used a new type of sensor, known as a GelSight sensor, to enhance the capability, enabling the hardness of touched objects to be accurately calculated upon contact.   Read More

02/06/2017

Lasers used to bend glass into complex shapes without optical distortion

A technique created by researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials, in Germany, makes it possible to bend sheet glass into complex or unconventional shapes with the help of laser beams. The team hope the technique will allow a new range of products to be developed by engineers and designers.  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

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