Engineering Materials News

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

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05/01/2017

Biologically infused graphene sensors

A team of researchers from the Technical University of Munich has succeeded in bonding porphyrins, an important biochemical group, to a graphene sheet. Porphyrins are protein rings which are part of chlorophyll, essential for photosynthesis in plants, and haemoglobin, which is responsible for conveying oxygen in animals’ blood. The researchers say the resulting hybrid structures could be used in the field of molecular electronics and in developing new sensors.  Read More

04/01/2017

Converting waste heat into energy - Composite material yields 10 times voltage output

Engineers from The Ohio State University have used magnetism on a composite of nickel and platinum to amplify voltage output 10 times or more - not in a thin film, as they had done previously, but in a thicker piece of material that more closely resembles components for future electronic devices.   Read More

03/01/2017

Composite breakthrough: nano-coating boosts electrical and thermal conductivity

A nano-coating that is claimed to enhance the thermal and electrical conductivity of composites has been developed in a project involving academia and industry.   Read More

03/01/2017

Scientists create self-healing material

A transparent, self-healing, stretchable, conductive material has been developed by scientists at the University of California, Riverside and the University of Colorado, Boulder. The material can be activated electrically to power artificial muscles and could be used to improve batteries, electronic devices and robots.  Read More

29/12/2016

Researchers work to improve the lifecycle of materials

Researchers at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology are working on materials that can react to their environment, recover from damage, and even self-destruct once their usefulness has come to an end.  Read More

28/12/2016

Supercomputer simulation reveals 2D glass can go infinitely soft

Scientists in Japan have revealed that if a glassy solid possesses a planar structure, it can exhibit enhanced thermal vibration motion due to the same mechanism known for the planar crystals, by using large-scale simulations on supercomputers.  Read More

27/12/2016

UNIST engineers thermoelectric material in paintable liquid form

A new study, led by Professor Jae Sung Son of Materials Science and Engineering at Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), has succeeded in developing a technique that can be used to turn industrial waste heat into electricity for vehicles and other applications.  Read More

26/12/2016

Modified metals for space engineering produced in microseconds

Russian scientists from Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU) and the Institute of High Current Electronics have developed a method to apply wear-resistant coatings on metals by followed fusing them in substrates. Such modified materials, through a combination of lightness, strength and corrosion resistance, could be used in mechanical engineering, aviation and space engineering.  Read More

25/12/2016

Rudolph's antlers inspire next generation of unbreakable materials

Scientists from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) claim to have discovered the secret behind the toughness of deer antlers and how they can resist breaking during fights.   Read More

20/12/2016

Nano-modified aerospace composites with improved electrical and thermal conductivity

New technology that could enhance both the electrical and thermal conductivity of conventional composite materials has been developed thanks to a collaboration between the University of Surrey, University of Bristol and aerospace company Bombardier.  Read More

19/12/2016

Exova increases aerospace testing capabilities in US and UK

Exova has expanded its testing capabilities in the aerospace sector with a series of upgrades at its laboratories in Anaheim, California and Lancaster, UK.  Read More

19/12/2016

New technology for powder metallurgy

Tecnalia leads EFFIPRO (Energy EFFIcient PROcess of Engineering Materials) project, which shows a new manufacturing process using powder metallurgy. The main aim of this project is to develop a significantly shorter PM process using a new concept of hybrid electrical current assisted sintering and hard materials with improved properties, thus resulting in a more energy efficient and cost effective process.  Read More

16/12/2016

Hard-soft plastics in single moulding

Momentive Performance Materials has launched a liquid silicone rubber (LSR) to address the rising demands for hard-soft plastic designs. The self-bonding material helps to achieve the bonding between silicone elastomers and thermoplastics and reduces assembly steps to meet various complex design requirements.  Read More

15/12/2016

Foam industry set to expand

The polymer foam industry is set to grow by 2.5% annually over the next 10 years driven by thermal and acoustic insulation and lightweighting, in key industries including in transportation and construction.  Read More

14/12/2016

Putting a spring into vehicle fuel efficiency

Researchers at WMG at the University of Warwick have won research funding worth £250,000 from Innovate UK for a project that will put a (polymer) spring into vehicle fuel efficiency.  Read More

14/12/2016

3D printing composites

Additive manufacturing pioneers Stratasys has developed a composite 3D printer. It has developed the capability with Siemens that combines 3D printing know-how with motion control expertise. The result is the ability to 3D print large composite parts.  Read More

13/12/2016

Metal replacement on surgical instrument

Surgical instruments used for adenoid and tonsil surgeries have had metal parts replaced with a 50% glass-fibre reinforced polyarylamide (PARA) supplied by Solvay. The Elasso Surgical Instruments’ Tissue Removal Device is a single-use electrocautery instrument that requires high flexural strength to provide the viable alternative to metal. Maintaining precision and surgical efficacy of its instrument without compromising the rigidity was key during development.  Read More

12/12/2016

Heat resistant chrome plated plastic

Covestro has developed a plastic that is heat-resistant and suitable for electroplating. Its Apec 150 PG (plating grade) is based on a copolycarbonate and acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene copolymer (PC-HT+ABS). Its Vicat B softening temperature (ISO 306) is 146°C, or about 35°C higher than that of electroplatable standard polycarbonate/ABS blends.  Read More

09/12/2016

Film-tech boosts wearables

Small electronic devices that attach to the skin like a patch are being enabled by a breathable skin-friendly film developed by Covestro.  Read More

08/12/2016

Castrol releases two new cutting fluids

Created to support the manufacturing of metal components, Castrol Hysol SL 35 XBB and Castrol Alusol SL 51 XBB cutting fluid technology are claimed to maintain constant pH levels - between 9 and 9.5 - and stable conditions for longer than other standard cutting fluids. This reduces the need to add expensive treatment additives and biocides, as well as safeguarding against costly uncontrolled system changes.   Read More

08/12/2016

Coating benefit for redesigned pallets

Plastics giant BASF has undertaken a project to redesign the humble pallet. Working with Dutch start-up Ahrma Holding, it is coating a robust hybrid pallets made from medium density fibreboard (MDF) and plastic using its Elastocoat C spray system.  Read More

07/12/2016

Icon gets materials makeover

Velocipedes were the first pedal-powered bicycles in history, made famous in the UK by the Penny Farthing. In a recent project between German design agency DING3000 and materials specialists BASF, the pair decided to revisit the design concept, but use high performance plastics as well as electric mobility technology.   Read More

07/12/2016

3D printing fluorinated polymers

Materials innovator 3M has developed a 3D printing technology using fully fluorinated polymers. It said the technology is particularly exciting for PTFE (Polytetrafluoroethylene) applications and is aimed at the automotive, chemical processing, medical as well as energy and aerospace markets.  Read More

06/12/2016

Robonaut prepares for Mars

NASA has opened registration for its Space Robotics Challenge. This open competition aims to develop the capabilities of humanoid robots to help astronauts make an eventual journey to Mars.  Read More

06/12/2016

Sidecar for bikes

East Sussex based TR Fastenings has helped produce a push bike sidecar for Swedish firm, Sidebuddy. It is hoped the contraption could help ease congestion while being a green option for future city transportation.  Read More

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