Engineering Materials Features

Delve more deeply in to the world of materials innovation. Our expert editors bring you a host of the latest thinking, innovation, materials views and opinions from industry about how to improve design and what you should be thinking about when it comes to questions about materials in design and engineering.

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13/07/2011

Better bearings drive improved efficiency

Bearing optimisation could lead to a huge reduction in energy usage and emissions. Matt Bailey looks at some of the latest developments.  Read More

14/06/2011

Cover story: Making a material difference

In advance of the opening of the National Composites Centre in Bristol this year, Paul Fanning finds out what this facility could mean for UK industry.  Read More

14/06/2011

‘Unstoppable shifts’ solve hardest problems

Developments at the leading edge are helping design engineers. Tom Shelley reports.   Read More

14/06/2011

New thinking key to viable water and wave power

Tom Shelley reports on simple ideas that give a dramatic improvement to the efficiencies of water based renewable energy sources.   Read More

12/05/2011

Cover story: Making the sustainable material choice

Tom Shelley looks at some of the challenges and questions faced by designers when choosing sustainable materials.  Read More

12/05/2011

Hybrid motors find new efficiencies and markets

Tom Shelley reports on advances in automotive hybrid technology at this year's Hannover Fair.  Read More

12/05/2011

Grease monitoring lengthens bearing life

Bearing life is often dependent on the condition of its lubricating grease. Paul Fanning looks at a sensor that allows it to be monitored during operation.   Read More

12/05/2011

CAD widens its offerings

Tom Shelley reports on Autodesk's latest software offerings and user experiences.  Read More

12/05/2011

Metals work with composites for aerospace

Tom Shelley reports on why both metals and composites are crucial in aerospace constructions.   Read More

14/04/2011

Joining the dots

Advances in point cloud processing could have major and positive repercussions for design. Paul Fanning reports.   Read More

14/04/2011

Linear motion off the shelf

Tom Shelley reports on some of the plethora of linear motion systems available from specialist suppliers.  Read More

14/04/2011

Fast fastening with adhesives

Tom Shelley reports on bonding technologies that take only seconds to take effect.  Read More

14/04/2011

Modular design saves time

Advanced CAD is crucial to remaining competitive when making high reliability components. Tom Shelley reports.   Read More

14/04/2011

Autodesk opts for the suite life

It may be early 2011, but Autodesk's 2012 products are already on the way. Paul Fanning offers a preview.  Read More

14/04/2011

PDM show makes plastic fantastic

PDM11 promises to be a great source of inspiration for plastics design professionals. Here, Eureka previews what will be on show.  Read More

16/03/2011

Powering ahead to tomorrow’s designing

Tom Shelley journeys to the home of the Alamo to receive a vision of the future of engineering design.  Read More

16/03/2011

Nano composites make stronger alloys

Tom Shelley reports on the latest breakthrough in commercially-available metal matrix composites.   Read More

16/03/2011

New steels set challenging problems

Tom Shelley reports on developments in new steels and manufacturing affect the design of cars.  Read More

16/03/2011

Mathcad in its Prime

Engineering calculation software plays an unglamorous, but vital role in design. Paul Fanning looks at a new version of Mathcad.  Read More

16/03/2011

Shape searches eliminate duplication

The ability to search by shape could cut parts duplication and save money. Paul Fanning reports on a software package designed to do just that.  Read More

16/03/2011

Meeting the automation challenges

Tom Shelley looks as latest tactical advances to combat long-standing problems.  Read More

16/03/2011

Innovation on show

Taking place, from 6th-7th April at the NEC, Birmingham, The Medtec, MDM and MTec Shows will feature innovation from a range of sectors. Here, Eureka looks at a selection of what will be on display.   Read More

10/02/2011

Advanced modelling makes better composites

Tom Shelley reports on software that should ensure composite constructions get manufactured right first time.   Read More

10/02/2011

CFD proves key to turbine efficiency

Tom Shelley reports on the crucial role that computer modelling is playing in the design of a new, possible source of 'green' energy.  Read More

10/02/2011

Software speeds joining design

Tom Shelley reports on where CAD helps design joints and where it doesn't.  Read More

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