Engineering Materials News

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

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Polyurethane gives perfect flight to EURO Championship soccer ball

Covestro and adidas are celebrating 30 years of working together developing soccer balls by releasing the ‘Beau Jeu’, or ‘beautiful game’, official match ball for the 2016 European Soccer Championship.  Read More


ACG formed to help UK exploit global market for low cost high volume composites

Through its Manufacturing Working Group, the Automotive Council and the Composites Leadership Forum have formed the Affordable Composites Group (ACG). The group aims to proactively facilitate the development of UK technology capability and supply chain capacity to deliver high productivity manufacturing of globally competitive, higher volume composite structures and components.  Read More


Registration is open for EDS 2016

You can now pre-register to attend EDS 2016. The show, made up of the Engineering, Electronics and Embedded Design Show, returns to the Ricoh Arena in Coventry on 19-20 October 2016.   Read More


Compound switches between liquid and solid states when exposed to light or heat

A group of researchers from the Kobe University Graduate School of Science and Tokyo University of Science, Yamaguchi, has developed a metal-containing compound which transforms into a solid when exposed to light and returns to liquid form when heated. This substance could potentially be used for photolithography technology, such as fabricating printed circuits, among other applications.   Read More


OAS wins Innovate grant to conduct rescued carbon fibre study

Innovate UK has awarded £233,000 to Oxford Advanced Surfaces (OAS), a specialist surface modification and advanced materials company, to develop surface treatments that can be used to create new lightweight composites from rescued carbon fibre.  Read More


Graphene-based de-icing material upgraded

Rice University scientists have advanced their graphene-based de-icer to serve a dual purpose. The new material still melts ice from surfaces and wires when conditions get too cold, but ice won’t form at all down to temperatures of -14°C. The material can be spray-coated, making it suitable for large applications like aircraft, power lines, radar domes and ships.  Read More


Coating shows unexpected potential to improve reliability in wind power

A group of researchers from the US Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Akron discovered that a particular form of carbon coating not necessarily designed for wind turbines may indeed prove beneficial to the wind industry.  Read More


Sigmatex teams up with Orro to create ‘real world’ performance bikes

Sigmatex has announced a collaboration with Orro, a British bike manufacturer, on its new range of elite road bikes. Orro’s objective is to create the best and most stylish bikes for serious riders. The company uses the latest pioneering materials such as ‘sigmaST’, Sigmatex’s spread tow carbon fibre textile solution, for their flagship Gold Signature bike model.   Read More


Secret of always-taut spider threads inspires new material

Scientists from the University of Oxford and the Pierre and Marie Curie University, in Paris have taken inspiration from spider webs to create a hybrid wire technology that could be used in applications such as microfabrication of complex structures, reversible micro-motors, or self-tensioned stretchable systems.  Read More


Electronic material ‘heals itself’, says team

A new electronic material created by a research team from Penn State University in the US and Harbin Institute of Technology in China is said to be capable of healing all its functions automatically, even after being broken multiple times. This material, the team contends, could improve the durability of wearable electronics.  Read More


Stratasys aim to make 3D Printing as easy as printing a document

Additive manufacturing firm Stratasys has unveiled a feature that it hopes will make printing a physical 3D CAD model as easy as a normal document. The approach is powered by an open architecture ‘design-to-3D print’ workflow application called GrabCAD Print, which resides on the popular GrabCAD SaaS platform.  Read More


World's blackest material optimises sensitivity of satellite star trackers

The S-VIS version of Surrey NanoSystems’ Vantablack spray coating has been used to enhance the optical sensitivity of the optical instrumentation on board the Kent Ridge 1 low earth orbit (LEO) satellite. The Kent Ridge 1 was developed by Berlin Space Technologies (BST) in conjunction with the National University of Singapore and carries two hyper-spectral imaging systems and a high resolution video camera for Earth observation.  Read More


Microwaved nanoribbons strengthen oil and gas wells

According to researchers from Rice University, wellbores drilled to extract oil and gas can be dramatically reinforced with a small amount of modified graphene nanoribbons added to a polymer and microwaved.  Read More


Light-emitting cement

Dr José Carlos Rubio from the Michoacan University of Saint Nicholas of Hidalgo in Mexico has created a light-emitting cement that is designed to illuminate roads, pavements and bicycle lanes without using electricity. The cement absorbs solar energy during the day and releases it in the dark and, furthermore, is claimed to have a lifespan of 100 years.  Read More


Manufacturing & Engineering North East wins Rising Star Award

Manufacturing & Engineering North East has been named as the winner of the Rising Star category at the Exhibition News awards in London. The Newcastle exhibition and conference has now won four industry awards in its opening year  Read More


3D-printed foam outperforms standard materials

Material scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) have found that 3D-printed foam performs better than standard cellular materials in terms of durability and long-term mechanical performance.  Read More


Researchers create one-step graphene patterning method

Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a one-step, facile method to pattern graphene by using stencil mask and oxygen plasma reactive-ion etching, and subsequent polymer-free direct transfer to flexible substrates.  Read More


Flightfloor Eco sets standards in the air

Benecke-Kaliko, ContiTech's surface specialist, has unveiled its latest product for the aviation market: Flightfloor Eco. The material combines high resistance capability and minimal weight and is claimed to have the potential to revolutionise the market for floor covering materials in the industry and to set new standards.   Read More


Entries are now being accepted for this year’s British Engineering Excellence Awards

Since the British Engineering Excellence Awards (BEEAs) were launched in 2009, the winning entries have ranged in size from chip designs to pipe laying systems, with the Grand Prix – the best of the best – awarded to entries as varied as a kinetic energy recovery system, an engineer who designed a system to save water on a massive scale, a marine communications company and, in 2015, to a start up company developing deployable space structures.  Read More


Cutting the cost and environmental impact of composite production

Following the completion of a four-year European research project, involving the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre with Boeing (AMRC), technologies and techniques that reduce the cost and environmental impact of using composites are entering production.  Read More


Gel coated nanowire for long life batteries

A nanowire based battery material developed by researchers at the University of California, Irvine can be recharged hundreds of thousands of times.  Read More


GE is working on fourth generation composite blades

Nick Kray is a consulting engineer for composite design at GE Aviation. In the 1990s, he was part of a high-stakes gambit to make the front fan of GE’s largest jet engine from epoxy and carbon fibres. “Our competitors make jet engine fans from titanium and steel and even some of our own people weren’t initially so hot about using composites,” Kray said. “Nobody had tried this before.” However, the carbon-fibre composite blades allowed GE’s aerospace engineers to design the GE90, still the world’s largest and most powerful jet engine.  Read More


Feddersen Group acquires Forvema

German engineering plastics company, K.D. Feddersen has acquired Forvema AB. Based in Sweden, Forvema has 30 years of experience in sales of injection moulding machines and presses for rubber and is an exclusive partner of brands like Sumitomo-Demag and Desma.  Read More


One week to go until the FAST Exhibition - Don't miss out!

There is only one week to go until the FAST Exhibition opens its doors at The Concorde Conference Centre in Manchester. Taking place on 21 April, the FAST exhibition has been created to provide you with a single location to meet fastening experts and discover the answers to your design problems.   Read More


Educating engineers

Engineering education needs to be completely rethought according to a new report by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers  Read More

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