Engineering Materials News

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

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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

01/02/2017

First metal-free metamaterial that can absorb electromagnetic energy

Electrical engineers at Duke University claim to have created the world's first electromagnetic metamaterial made without any metal. The device's ability to absorb electromagnetic energy without heating up has direct applications in imaging, sensing and lighting.  Read More

31/01/2017

Artificial skin ‘feels’ temperature changes

A team of engineers and scientists at Caltech and ETH Zurich have developed an artificial skin capable of detecting temperature changes.   Read More

31/01/2017

Revealing solidification cracking during the welding of steel

Research led by the University of Leicester has made a breakthrough in understanding how solidification cracking occurs during the welding of steel. The team proposed that solidification cracks grow by linking micro-porosities in the meshing zone in the solidifying weld pool. This is the first time that researchers have observed solidification cracking in steel and sheds new light on why the alloy may crack during the process.  Read More

30/01/2017

Harvard scientists create metallic hydrogen

More than 80 years after it was theorised, Harvard scientists have reportedly succeeded in creating metallic hydrogen. The material is theorised to have a wide range of applications, including as a room-temperature superconductor, making it not only one of the rarest materials on the planet, but potentially one of the most valuable.  Read More

27/01/2017

AMRC Composite Centre wins funding to help keep UK at forefront of automotive innovation

The Composite Centre of the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing has won £360,000 in funding from Innovate UK to investigate the way composite material is developed for use in automotive components.  Read More

26/01/2017

Meeting market demand with Engineering Materials Live

The new Engineering Materials Live exhibition will open in Birmingham in May. This new event is being launched in association with Engineering Materials magazine to meet the needs of engineering professionals who are tasked with sourcing and specifying plastic mouldings, composites, prototyped parts and advanced materials.  Read More

26/01/2017

Metamaterial can switch from hard to soft and back again

University of Michigan researchers have developed a new way to design a metamaterial that can be easily manipulated to increase the stiffness of its surface by orders of magnitude - the difference between rubber and steel - without damaging or altering the material itself.  Read More

25/01/2017

CPI and Haydale collaborate on Smart Filter project

The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) is part of a consortium that aims to develop a low cost self-cleaning coating technology based on functionalised graphene, which once applied to industrial membranes increases the resistance to fouling or enhances ion removal.  Read More

24/01/2017

British Engineering Excellence Awards 2017 now open for entries

The British Engineering Excellence Awards (BEEAs) for 2017 are now open for entries.  Read More

24/01/2017

3D bioprinter for printing human skin

A team of researchers from Carlos III University of Madrid (UC3M) has demonstrated, for the first time, that, using the new 3D printing technology, it is possible to produce functional human skin.   Read More

23/01/2017

Government’s Modern Industrial Strategy built around robotics, AI and 5G

The government is putting cutting edge technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, 5G wireless internet and ‘smart’ energy technology at the heart of its post-Brexit industrial strategy.  Read More

23/01/2017

New kind of invisibility cloak can conceal objects in diffusive atmospheres

Researchers from the Public University of Navarre (NUP-UPNA) and the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV) have formulated an invisibility cloak they say is capable of concealing objects in diffusive atmospheres, not just direct light.  Read More

20/01/2017

Versarien buys stake in Cambridge Graphene

Materials specialist Versarien has acquired a majority stake in Cambridge Graphene, a spin out from the University of Cambridge which has commercialised graphene inks for novel technology applications.  Read More

20/01/2017

New additions to graphene exhibition look to the future

New items have been added to the Museum of Science and Industry’s Wonder Materials exhibition. The new section of the exhibition, ‘From now to the future’, looks at pioneering applications of graphene in the home and also looks at how a new generation of wonder materials could help tackle some of the huge environmental challenges facing humanity.  Read More

19/01/2017

Ohio State scientists find a way to remove defects from from alloys to enable jet engines to run hotter and cleaner

Researchers at Ohio State University have found a way to deactivate ‘nano twins’ to improve the high-temperature properties of superalloys that are used in jet engines. The discovery could speed the development of powerful and environmentally friendly turbine engines of all sorts, including those used for transportation and power generation.  Read More

18/01/2017

MIT technique enables adaptable 3D printing

MIT chemists have developed a technique that allows them to print objects and then go back and add new polymers that alter the materials’ chemical composition and mechanical properties. It can also fuse two or more printed objects together to form more complex structures.  Read More

16/01/2017

UV light for producing customised surfaces

A process to structure surfaces and to apply or detach functional molecules has been developed by scientists of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). They use UV light for the formation or breaking of disulphide bridges, or bonds of sulphur atoms.  Read More

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