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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13/12/2012

Graphene finds commercial applications

For something so tiny, there has been a lot of hype generated from Graphene.   Read More

13/12/2012

Surface engineering: Combating friction

Surface engineering is often overlooked, but is vitally important. Gary Hughes, product engineering manager at bearing manufacturer, The Barden Corporation, outlines the main techniques the latest developments that can be used.  Read More

13/12/2012

The sticking point: Adhesives replace more conventional fasteners

If performance is a driving factor, it is more than likely that there is a tendency toward using composites in conjunction with other materials to bring about an overall improvement to a system.   Read More

13/12/2012

Benefits and drawbacks of Pultrusion

Pultrusion is much less common as a plastic-processing method than its more familiar relative, extrusion.   Read More

24/09/2012

Protective polymers

Engineering Materials discovers a polymer material breakthrough that could act as an anti-bacterial coating for medical devices.  Read More

24/09/2012

Designing composites into industry

In the second part of our Designing in Composites articles, we talk to experts from both the design and manufacture world about the opportunities for innovation. Justin Cunningham reports.   Read More

24/09/2012

Adding function to materials

Steven Bowns of Technology Futures examines the potential impact of plastic and printed technologies for electrical and electronic systems and finds out about...   Read More

24/09/2012

Nature’s material engineering

The world's main source of rubber is under threat from a fungus, forcing scientists to search for new ways to make the material. Lou Reade reports.  Read More

24/09/2012

Materials inspired by nature

From imitating the exceptional toughness of Mother of Pearl to the way geckos stick to walls, the burgeoning field of biomimicry is inspiring the design of new, leading edge engineering materials. Laura Hopperton reports.  Read More

24/09/2012

Adding the value

Success in the medical sector can depend on the close relationship between designers and materials suppliers. Justin Cunningham finds out what you need to know and the new materials becoming available.   Read More

24/09/2012

Beyond the obvious

Metal matrix composites are often overshadowed by carbon fibre composites. However, the materials have distinct advantages that should not be overlooked. Justin Cunningham investigates.   Read More

12/07/2012

3D printing nears the mainstream

Almost since its inception as a technology, we have been promised that additive manufacturing will become a mainstream industrial technology. Thus far, this has not proved to be the case, but a number of new technologies have appeared that seem to be moving 3D printing into much more accessible areas.  Read More

12/07/2012

World's biggest clock tower features Gurit composites

There has been an awful lot of overlap of materials knowledge in the last few years between industries, particularly when it comes to composites. This is because these are the materials that everyone is still trying to fully exploit fully and engineers from all industries are coming together to share knowledge in an effort to make that happen.  Read More

15/06/2012

Taking a holistic approach

Decisions made by design engineers lock in materials, manufacturing and disposal processes, often inadvertently embedding hidden CO2 in to a product. Justin Cunningham discovers the tools that have been developed to give life cycle information from the outset.  Read More

15/06/2012

Quantum tunnelling composites: Making a switch

There aren't many companies that can lay claim to an entire area of material science. UK company Peratech can. Paul Fanning finds out more.  Read More

15/06/2012

Designing composites into industry

In the first of two articles, Engineering Materials talks to the UK's leading advocates of composite materials discussing the opportunites for innovation and find out why engineers should not be daunted. Justin Cunningham reports.  Read More

15/06/2012

Clever metal

The continual search for lighter and stronger materials is never as simple as it seems. Justin Cunningham reports on the metal innovations that aim to answer the challenge.  Read More

15/06/2012

Taking the weight off

Plastics are beginning to replace metals in some 'impossible' automotive applications – such as the chassis and even the wheels. Lou Reade reports.  Read More

15/06/2012

Untangling rubber reasoning

Specifying the right compound for rubber components is a deceptively tricky task that leads many engineers out of their comfort zone. Justin Cunningham reports.  Read More

15/06/2012

Ceramic dynamic

Could plasma spraying technology offer the ability to manufacture high-strength, lightweight, pure ceramic components? Justin Cunningham finds out.  Read More

14/06/2012

Superforming Aluminium including cavity, bubble, back-pressure and diaphragm forming

The process of heating a sheet of plastic, draping it over a mould and sucking the air out has been in use for some time.  Read More

14/06/2012

Advanced materials drive green revolution

The Government's commitment to generate 20% of the UK's energy from renewable sources by 2020 was reinforced recently by Prime Minister David Cameron during his speech at the International Clean Energy Ministerial summit in London.  Read More

14/05/2012

Composites step up: JEC 2012 review

This year's JEC show revealed a host of innovation stemming from the materials world. It is fair to say there was quite a positive buzz, with many not feeling the same economic pinch that has ravaged other sectors. In fact, the economy was hardly mentioned with many exhibitors boasting full order books and talking about the growing confidence in the engineering and manufacturing sector.  Read More

14/05/2012

Seeing into the future: Eureka asks three CAD companies what they see as emerging technologies

It is that time of year when new releases from CAD vendors hit the market and these are interesting times. Many are talking paradigm shifts, future trends, and the new and unique capability on offer to move design and engineering forward.  Read More

14/05/2012

Precision chains aid development of new electric bike

Hybrid bicycles are finding increasing popularity for consumers. As well as providing comical moments in the form of the struggling cyclists being passed by another cyclist apparently doing no work, the electrification of bicycles is gathering momentum.  Read More

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