Engineering Materials News

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

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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

09/04/2018

Liquid-in-liquid 3D printed structures

Scientists from the US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have developed a way to 3D print structures composed entirely of liquids. They envision their all-liquid material could be used to construct liquid electronics that power flexible, stretchable devices.  Read More

06/04/2018

Pentagon Plastics look forward to returning to Engineering Materials Live

The Pentagon Group provide a range of UK mould tooling systems in addition to their low to medium volume plastic injection moulding capabilities, and they will be displaying a small selection of these tooling systems at the Engineering Materials Live exhibition on 10 May.  Read More

05/04/2018

Technique combines multiple metals into metallic alloy nanoparticles with unprecedented chemical capabilities

Researchers from four US universities have managed to combine up to eight different metals into single, uniformly mixed nanoparticles, creating new and stable nanoparticles that the researchers say could be used in applications in the chemical and energy industries.  Read More

04/04/2018

Midas to display their large, low-volume polyurethane mouldings and prototypes at Engineering Materials Live

Midas specialises in producing large, low-volume polyurethane mouldings and prototypes - in production materials – fast, and they will be displaying several mouldings at the Engineering Materials Live exhibition on 10 May.  Read More

27/03/2018

James Dyson Awards begins the search for ingenious inventions

The James Dyson Award has opened for entries, giving students and recent graduates of engineering and design a unique opportunity to show their problem-solving inventions on a global stage. The brief is simple, design something which solves a problem, big or small. The winner will gain international exposure through the competition and £30,000 prize money to develop their idea.   Read More

26/03/2018

Military method slashes titanium production by 50%

Scientists at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory’s (Dstl) Porton Down military research base have reduced the 40-stage titanium production process down to just two, which could cut costs in half.  Read More

23/03/2018

3D printed metallic glass alloys

North Carolina State University researchers have created amorphous metal, or metallic glass, alloys using 3D printing technology. This, the researchers say, opens the door to a variety of applications, such as more efficient electric motors, better wear-resistant materials, higher strength materials, and lighter weight structures.  Read More

20/03/2018

New exhibitors announced for Engineering Materials Live and FAST Live – 10 May

There have been several new additions to the high-quality exhibitor portfolio at the FAST Live and Engineering Materials Live event - all leading suppliers in the fastening, bonding and engineering materials sectors.  Read More

12/03/2018

Conductive coating could unlock future biometric and wearable technology

A team of researchers from the College of Engineering at Texas A&M University has developed a mechanically robust conductive coating that it claims can maintain performance under heavy stretching and bending.   Read More

12/03/2018

New ceramic coating enables wider adoption of composite materials

Zircotec Group has developed the first plasma applied thermal barrier coating that can be used with composites that require a Class A display surface. The new technology allows vehicle manufactures to use the lightweight materials in places that have previously not been possible, such as aerodynamic aids near exhaust pipes or the exhaust shrouds themselves.  Read More

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