Engineering Materials News

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

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17/10/2017

Engineering Design Show 2017 opens tomorrow

UK design engineers will be gathering at the Ricoh Arena for this year’s Engineering Design Show on 18-19 October to learn about the latest innovations and trends shaping this fast-moving design sector.   Read More

02/10/2017

10-point guide for planning your visit to the Engineering Design Show 2017

The Engineering Design Show (EDS) is the UK's must-attend event for engineering, electronics and embedded design. It promises a fully immersive experience of innovation, inspiration, interaction and insight for all visitors, taking place from 18 - 19 October, at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry.   Read More

25/09/2017

Scientists use computation to design a super-light crystalline aluminium

Aluminium is already highly prized for its conductivity, low melting point, strength when alloyed, imperviousness to rust and, above all, it’s extremely light weight. Now, researchers from Utah State University and Southern Federal University in Rostov-on Don, Russia have used computational design to conceive a form of crystalline aluminium with an even lower density than standard aluminium.  Read More

14/09/2017

Engineering Materials Live opens next week at Duxford

Engineering Materials Live opens its doors to visitors next Thursday (21st September) at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford in Cambridgeshire, and you can still secure your free visitor badge online to attend.   Read More

13/09/2017

Hexcel launches £7.4m project to create carbon fibre fabrics for aircraft and automotive parts

Hexcel is launching a four-year Multi AXial Infused Materials (MAXIM) project, a Government-backed £7.4 million research and development project. The MAXIM project, backed by the UK Aerospace Technology Institute and match-funded by the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy, will be responsible for developing progressive, cost-effective materials and manufacturing solutions for large aerospace and automotive composite structures such as aircraft wings and car bodies.  Read More

12/09/2017

Self-assembling nanoparticles can switch between a mirror and a window

Researchers from the Department of chemistry at Imperial College, London, have made a filter that can change between a mirror and a window by finely tuning the distance between nanoparticles in a single layer.   Read More

08/09/2017

British Engineering Excellence Awards 2017 shortlist unveiled

MA Business, publisher of New Electronics and Eureka magazines, is delighted to announce the shortlist for this year’s British Engineering Excellence Awards (BEEAs).  Read More

08/09/2017

JLR makes closed-loop aluminium recycling in its cars a REALITY

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) Automotive is expanding the use of recycled aluminium in its car bodies to cut waste and reduce carbon emissions. The £2 million project, called REALITY, has found a way to enable the closed-loop recycling of aluminium from end-of-life vehicles back into high-performance product forms for new vehicle bodies manufactured in the UK by JLR.  Read More

05/09/2017

Decluttering space

Hundreds of millions of pieces of space junk orbit the Earth daily, from chips of rocket paint, to entire dead satellites. This cloud of high-tech detritus circles the planet at 17,500mph. At these speeds, even objects as small as a pebble can severely damage a passing spacecraft.  Read More

05/09/2017

Protective lubrication

Tata Steel has launched Prime Lubrication Treatment (PLT) which, when applied in a thin coating along with the conventional oil layer, is said to provide a superior lubrication system that improves processing of hot-dip galvanised GI steels for exposed automotive panels.  Read More

29/08/2017

Engineering Materials Live returns at Duxford

After the success of the inaugural Engineering Materials Live Exhibition, co-located with FAST Exhibition, at the National Motorcycle Museum in May, the event is back again at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford in Cambridgeshire on 21st September.  Read More

23/08/2017

Shaping the future of magnesium car parts

Magnesium is 75% lighter than steel, 33% lighter than aluminium and is the fourth most common element on earth behind iron, silicon and oxygen. But despite this, manufacturers have been hindered in their attempts to incorporate magnesium alloys into structural car parts. To provide the necessary strength has required the addition of costly rare elements such as dysprosium, praseodymium and ytterbium – until now.  Read More

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

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