Engineering Materials News

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

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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

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

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