Engineering Materials News

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

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07/03/2016

Flexible skin that traps radar waves and cloaks objects

Engineers at Iowa State University claim to have developed a flexible, stretchable and tunable ‘meta-skin’ that uses rows of small, liquid-metal devices to cloak an object from radar.  Read More

03/03/2016

Free Hannover tickets

Hannover Messe claims to be the largest industrial show in the world. Even on its ‘lighter years’ such as 2016 – it alternates with more sub-shows every second year - it will attract in the region of 200,000 visitors to see around 5000 exhibitors. The scope of these exhibitors covers ‘everything you need to run a factory’.   Read More

03/03/2016

Norsk Titanium to build rapid plasma deposition machine assembly and test facility

Titanium additive manufacturer for the aerospace industry, Norsk Titanium has broken ground on a 3000 square metre European assembly and test centre outside Oslo, Norway.  Read More

02/03/2016

Behaviour of CFRP during flights verified precisely

As part of the Clean Sky research initiative and with the help of a measurement configuration based on fibre optics, Fraunhofer researchers have accurately verified the degree to which carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) parts deform during flight.  Read More

02/03/2016

A perfect material for filters and respirators

A research team from the Institute of Theoretical and Experimental Biophysics of the Russian Academy of Sciences have synthesised a material that they claim is perfect for protection of respiratory organs, analytical research and other practical purposes. An almost weightless fabric made of nylon nanofibres with a diameter less than 15nm beats any other similar materials in terms of filtering and optical properties.  Read More

29/02/2016

CiC to hold composites open forum

Each quarter the Composites Innovation Cluster (CiC) holds a one-day Programme Steering Group (PSG) meeting which is typically a closed consortium, however the April 2016 event will be an open forum and is a rare opportunity for companies outside of the Cluster to engage with the partners and their projects.  Read More

26/02/2016

Ultrathin, flexible photovoltaic cells have many potential future uses

Researchers at MIT have demonstrated what they claim are the thinnest, lightest solar cells ever produced. This proof-of-concept shows an approach to making solar cells that could help power the next generation of portable electronic devices.  Read More

18/02/2016

FAST and PPME Exhibition registration now open

Registration has now opened for the FAST Exhibition, co-located with the brand new Plastics, Prototyping and Metals Exhibition (PPME), which takes place at The Concorde Conference Centre in Manchester on 21st April 2016.  Read More

15/02/2016

Reducing aircraft wing drag

GKN Aerospace has joined forces with Durham University to develop and implement a method to accurately measure improvements in airframe drag performance. The test is being used to identify surface coatings that will reduce drag by 25% when compared to traditional aircraft surfaces in typical aircraft cruise conditions. These coatings must also demonstrate the ability to maintain this level of performance over five years, which is the lifetime of an aircraft’s external paint system.  Read More

12/02/2016

Commercialised PBT moulding compounds for laser welding

Panasonic has announced that it will start mass production of polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) moulding compounds for laser welding in March, 2016. The company says this will contribute to the enhancement of long-term reliability and the flexibility of design of automotive switches and sensors.  Read More

10/02/2016

Wood-based carbon fibre powers model car

Swedish researchers from the KTH Royal Institute of Technology and research groups, Innventia and Swerea, claim to have produced the world's first model car with a roof and battery made from wood-based carbon fibre.   Read More

09/02/2016

Making sense of metallic glass

A team from the Carnegie Institution is trying to understand the rules that govern metallic glass's creation. High-pressure research can be used to probe structure on an atomic level and understand a material's state of order or disorder.  Read More

05/02/2016

Polymer aerogel to optimise oil and gas pipeline applications

Blueshift International Materials, the University of Strathclyde and the Oil & Gas Innovation Centre (OGIC) have collaborated to develop an aerogel product, composed of up to 99.98% air by volume, for applications in oil and gas pipelines.  Read More

04/02/2016

Corrosion-resistant magnesium could replace aluminium in decreasing vehicle weight

Magnesium is the lightest construction metal, but also the most reactive. This means that it is very sensitive to corrosion, making it difficult to use in corrosive environments. For more than a hundred years, magnesium producers have strived to improve its corrosion characteristics by developing new, more corrosion-resistant alloys, and developing various coatings.  Read More

04/02/2016

Composite pipe long term testing facility commissioned

Haydale Composite Solutions (HCS) has commissioned a composite pipe testing facility with the support of Leicester City Council, Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership, the Regional Growth Fund and European Regional Development Fund.  Read More

01/02/2016

Revolutionising nanomaterial production

A group of materials scientists from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, led by Xudong Wang, a UW-Madison professor of materials science and engineering, and postdoctoral researcher Fei Wang, has developed a technique for creating two-dimensional sheets of compounds that do not naturally form such thin materials. It is said to be the first time such a technique has been successful.  Read More

29/01/2016

DuPont invests in the first Zytel HTN polymer production facility in Europe

DuPont Performance Materials has invested in Zytel HTN PPA polymer capacity at its Uentrop facility in Germany. This will be the first Zytel HTN polymer production facility in Europe. Construction is already under way and the plant is expected to begin production in the summer of 2016.  Read More

28/01/2016

Nano-coating makes coaxial cables lighter

Rice University scientists claim to have developed a way of coating common coaxial cables with a nanotube-based outer conductor that is claimed to make them 50% lighter.   Read More

28/01/2016

A step towards eliminating plastic waste

The World Economic Forum and Ellen MacArthur Foundation have released The New Plastics Economy: Rethinking the future of plastics. The report was produced as part of Project MainStream, and provides for the first time a vision of a global economy in which plastics never becomes waste, and outlines concrete steps towards achieving the systemic shift needed.  Read More

27/01/2016

TVR’s latest sports car will feature a fully carbon fibre structure

TVR has announced that carbon fibre construction options will be available when its new sports car goes on sale in 2017. The lightweight carbon fibre composite structure will be supplied by Gordon Murray Design, and has confirmed that an initial limited edition production run of 300 cars will feature carbon construction as standard.  Read More

27/01/2016

Increasing capacity and reducing prices of graphene products

Graphenea has announced that improvements in process productivity will lead to reduced prices for its graphene products in 2016. In particular, the price of CVD graphene film will decrease in all categories by 23% on average.  Read More

26/01/2016

‘Convention defying’ elastomers obtain ISO 23936 qualification

Trelleborg Sealing Solutions has developed two advanced elastomers that are said to be capable of withstanding extremely low temperatures and have passed rigorous international industry standards.  Read More

25/01/2016

Conductive concrete could keep roads safer in winter weather

University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) professor of civil engineering, Chris Tuan, has added steel shavings and carbon particles to a 200 square foot slab of concrete outside the Peter Kiewit Institute in nearby Omaha. Though the added ingredients constitute 20% of Prof Tuan's otherwise standard concrete mixture, they conduct enough electricity to melt ice and snow while remaining safe to the touch.  Read More

20/01/2016

Self cleaning windows also save energy and cut glare

Smart windows developed by University College London (UCL) with support from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) could cut window cleaning costs in tall buildings while reducing heating bills and boosting worker productivity.   Read More

18/01/2016

Tata Steel to shed 1050 more UK jobs

Tata Steel UK has announced the loss of 1050 jobs. 750 jobs will go at its Port Talbot-based Strip Products UK business, 200 jobs will be axed in support functions and a further 100 at steel mills in Trostre, Corby and Hartlepool.  Read More

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