Engineering Materials News

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

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26/04/2017

£21 million enhancements for MAST Upgrade will tackle key challenge in fusion power development

The UK’s new fusion experiment MAST Upgrade at Culham, Oxfordshire is to receive funding to tackle one of the hottest issues in fusion energy research – plasma exhaust. The £21 million of plasma exhaust enhancements will be phased between now and 2022. Funding will come jointly from the European fusion research consortium EUROfusion and the UK's Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).  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

18/04/2017

Two new magnetic materials built atom-by-atom by computer

Material scientists from Duke University, in North Carolina, have predicted and built two new magnetic materials, atom-by-atom, using high-throughput computational models, marking a new era for the large-scale design of new magnetic materials at unprecedented speed.  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

10/04/2017

Smart fabric turns body heat in to electricity

Researchers have developed a fabric to convert body heat into electricity to power wearable devices. The work was carried out at Purdue University in the US. The garment creates a flexible thermoelectric generator, which uses semiconductor strings woven into a fabric. The ‘generator’ can convert heat from any type of complex surface into a small amount of electricity.  Read More

07/04/2017

McLaren Honda brings 3D printer to track and will race parts during 2017 season

Stratasys FDM and PolyJet 3D Printing Solutions are being used to produce final 3D printed race-ready parts for the 2017 McLaren MCL32 Formula One Car. The technology will also, for the first time, be used at trackside to produce parts and tooling on demand for immediate evaluation during tests and races. The goal is to bring about new car developments earlier by moving from idea to component in a shorter timeframe, by accelerating design modifications and reducing weight to increase performance.  Read More

05/04/2017

Researchers develop an implantable rubber-like fibre to better treat spinal cord injuries

A conductive rubber fibre has been produced by researchers that could hold the key to improving the treatment of spinal cord damage. Work carried out by MIT, the University of Washington, and Oxford University saw fibres produced that can flex and stretch while simultaneously delivering optical impulses, for optoelectronic stimulation, and electrical connections, to stimulate specific targets in the brain and monitor electrical responses.  Read More

29/03/2017

Scientists create a liquid that can move itself along a flat surface

Researchers from Brandeis University in Massachusetts have created a material that can move itself across a surface without the aid of gravity or a pump. Instead, the material relies on microscopic fibres to move it.  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

20/03/2017

Scientists synthesise first sample of transparent silicon nitride for super hard windows

Scientists at DESY (Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron) have synthesised what they claim to be the first transparent sample of a popular industrial ceramic. The result is a super-hard window made of cubic silicon nitride that can potentially be used under extreme conditions like in engines. Cubic silicon nitride (c-Si3N4) forms under high pressure and is the second hardest transparent nanoceramic after diamond but can withstand substantially higher temperatures.  Read More

17/03/2017

Next-gen steel under the microscope

Next-generation steel and metal alloys are a step closer to reality, thanks to an international research project involving a University of Queensland scientist. The work could overcome the problem of hydrogen alloy embrittlement that has led to catastrophic failures in major engineering and building projects.  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

09/03/2017

Solvent Free Coating

The Hosokawa Nobilta Vercom, particle surface enhancement machine, offers a high capacity of 500ltr with superior dry particle composing capabilities – all within a smaller footprint than previous Nobilta models.  Read More

08/03/2017

Artificial intelligence meets 3D printing with spectacular results

London-based startup Ai Build has printed its 'Daedalus Pavilion', a 3D printed architectural installation built by robots. Ai Build teamed up with Arup Engineers for the project to showcase how the future of construction could be transformed by robotics and artificial intelligence.  Read More

07/03/2017

Teardrop tube magnet

A Teardrop Tube Magnet has been developed by Bunting Magnetics Europe that retains a surface magnetic field of 12,000 gauss. The design removes fine iron from dry powders, but because of its shape prevents build up on its surface.  Read More

07/03/2017

Surgical screw aids ligament surgury

Researchers from the Medical Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre have been able to improve the recovery of major ligament surgery by using a surgical screw to more rapidly engage ligaments to bone.  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

15/02/2017

Rebar graphene for lithium ion capacitors

A chunk of conductive graphene foam reinforced by carbon nanotubes can support more than 3000 times its own weight and bounce back to its original height, according to Rice University scientists. The material is thermally stable and highly conductive, making it suitable for batteries and other electrical applications.  Read More

13/02/2017

Nano-level lubricant tuning improves surface coatings

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed an approach to dynamically tune the micro- and nano-scale roughness of atomically thin molybdenum disulphide (MoS2), and consequently the appropriate degree of hydrophobicity for various potential MoS2-based applications.  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

07/02/2017

Machine learning accurately predicts metallic defects

Researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have built and trained machine learning algorithms to predict defect behaviour in certain intermetallic compounds with high accuracy. They say this method will accelerate research of advanced alloys and lightweight materials for applications in automotive and aerospace.  Read More

03/02/2017

Water-based and biocompatible 2D inks for printed electronics

Researchers at The University of Manchester have developed a method of producing water-based and inkjet printable 2D material inks, which could bring 2D crystal heterostructures from the lab into real-world products.  Read More

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