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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13/10/2010

Ensuring order from chaos

Tom Shelley reports on recent applications that either prevent or make use of chaotic behaviour  Read More

13/10/2010

Design software harnesses the wind

Tom Shelley reports on a user who has gained speed benefits from mainstream CAD and latest enhancements  Read More

13/10/2010

AutoCAD goes back to Mac

Autodesk's decision to launch for a Mac platform opens up a number of possibilities, as Paul Fanning discovers.  Read More

13/10/2010

Bearing innovations increase efficiency

With bearing problems representing the single biggest reason for wind turbine failures, Paul Fanning looks at some of the latest methods being employed to combat the problem.   Read More

13/10/2010

Better bearings last longer in hot spots

Tom Shelley reports on bearings aimed at meeting the requirements of challenging environments, particularly in the food and beverage industries  Read More

13/10/2010

Light alloys set to fly

Tom Shelley reports on latest developments in magnesium alloys  Read More

13/10/2010

Steel advances

Tom Shelley reports on some of the dramatic advances now being made in very high strength steels that are low enough in cost to be used in mass market products  Read More

09/09/2010

Rapid prototyping 'shows its metal'

Tom Shelley reports on advances in rapid prototyping, such as the manufacture of more efficient heat exchangers and hydraulic manifolds.  Read More

09/09/2010

Computing aids advance rapid development

Tom Shelley reports on technologies to aid brainstorming and getting products to market faster, especially in the challenging field of alternative energy.  Read More

09/09/2010

Taking the fear out of PLM

Negative perceptions of Product Lifecycle Management and how to change them was the major theme to emerge from the recent Eureka PLM Round Table.  Read More

09/09/2010

Systems care, entertain and protect

Tom Shelley reports on what can now be done with bedside electronics without risking infection.  Read More

09/09/2010

Anti-terror system finds cancers

Tom Shelley reports on the adaptation of a technology used to find weapons to identifying breast cancer.  Read More

09/09/2010

Hot coatings for composites

Tom Shelley reports on coatings that can protect composites against intense heat and provide other beneficial properties.  Read More

09/09/2010

British bionics play a winning hand

Touch Bionics has employed world beating innovation to offer hope to those who have lost hands, arms or fingers. Paul Fanning reports.  Read More

13/08/2010

Design challenges in the automotive sector

Richard Blatcher, head of marketing, manufacturing, EMEA, Autodesk, looks at how manufacturers across the supply chain can overcome obstacles in the automotive sector.  Read More

10/08/2010

Tradition maintained by full PLM

Tom Shelley reports on how every CAD and robotic aid is employed to maintain competitiveness and quality at Bentley Motors.  Read More

10/08/2010

Speedy software gets a boost

Tom Shelley reports on enhancements to the leading brand of explicit CAD software.  Read More

10/08/2010

Defying gravity

Tom Shelley reports on how research into replicating the means whereby insects adhere to surfaces is progressing.  Read More

10/08/2010

PU stops leaks and stays stuck

Tom Shelley reports on some of the benefits to be obtained by using polyurethane based seals, sealants, gaskets and adhesives.  Read More

10/08/2010

Electric vehicles shift gear

Changes to the transmission systems of electric vehicles could have a significant impact on the commercial viability of electric vehicles, as Eureka discovers  Read More

10/08/2010

Motors move beyond IE2

Regulations demanding that motors conform to the IE2 standard may not come in until next year, but the technology is already well ahead of that, as Paul Fanning reports  Read More

10/08/2010

Sintered plastics control fluids on micro scale

Tom Shelley reports on some of the applications of very fine-grained, high-purity, sintered plastic.  Read More

10/08/2010

Complex materials boost performances

Tom Shelley reports on partly bio-based materials that outperform conventional resins.  Read More

10/08/2010

Innovation thrives in the face of cuts

The UK defence industry is one of the most successful in the world, but faces threats in the shape of government spending cuts. However, as Eureka discovers, there is no shortage of novel designs.  Read More

13/07/2010

Safety first

Tom Shelley reports on some of the cutting edge developments in the oil and gas sector.  Read More

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