Engineering Materials News

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

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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

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

16/01/2017

Luxus completes Hycolene commercialisation project

Luxus has celebrated the completion of its €1.4m Recyclite project, co-funded by the EU’s Eco-Innovation initiative. The three-year project to help commercialise the technical compounder’s environmentally positive, advanced lightweight, scratch resistant thermoplastics range for Class ‘A’ auto interiors will come to an end later this month.  Read More

13/01/2017

Historic deal by Made in the Midlands saves RAPRA

Made in the Midlands have officially saved the Rubber & Plastics Research Association (RAPRA) in a historic deal for the future of the nation's manufacturing sector.  Read More

12/01/2017

Cost effective lightweighting project to overmould carbon fibre composite with thermoplastic

Carbon fibre processor, Surface Generation, has started work on an 18-month R&D project to produce affordable lightweight carbon fibre components for the automotive industry. Backed by Innovate UK, the Rutland based firm will overmould long-fibre reinforced carbon composites with a short-fibre thermoplastic to produce a range of example coupons, sub-element components and demonstrator parts.  Read More

11/01/2017

740 automotive jobs saved in bid to bolster UK supply chain

Metals trading firm, Liberty House, has acquired metal stamping and robotic assembly specialists CovPress, securing 740 skilled jobs at the firm's plant in Coventry. The automotive Tier 1 supplier has been searching for a buyer since entering administration last September.  Read More

09/01/2017

Bomb suit tests show advanced materials offer more protection and greater flexibility

Berks based Morgan Advanced Materials has recently completed independent testing of its Silverback 4020 Elite bomb disposal suit. The tests were conducted at the independently certified Ordnance Test Solutions facility at Faldingworth.  Read More

09/01/2017

MIT researchers design a material 10 times as strong as steel but much lighter

A team of researchers at MIT claims to have designed one of the strongest lightweight materials known by compressing and fusing flakes of graphene. The material, a sponge-like configuration with a density of 5%, is said to have a strength 10 times that of steel.  Read More

06/01/2017

Carbon dioxide used to make plastic foam begins industrial production

Plastic giant Covestro has delivered its first batch of plastic raw material derived from CO2. The company has used the climate changing gas to produce a key building block in plastic known as polyol, which is in turn used to make a foam that is planned for use in mattresses and upholstered furniture.  Read More

05/01/2017

3D printable acoustically driven tractor beam

A working tractor beam has been produced using 3D printed parts and off the shelf components. The device is able to trap and pull objects using sound waves emitted from a single direction. The device uses sonic levitation and although it sounds like an April Fools in the making, the concept is established. Asier Marzo, a researcher at the University of Bristol, has published his results in an open access paper in Applied Physics Letters, from AIP Publishing.  Read More

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

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