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Materials Today 09/20/2019 05:36
PyroGenesis Canada, which makes plasma atomized metal powder, reports Q2 revenues of CAN$913,769, a decrease from CAN $1,421,352 in Q2 2018. ‘As we have said in the past, 2018 was the year in which the company successfully positioned itself with unique and strategic partnerships, geared to effectively accelerate commercialization, and we are in the midst of benefiting from these efforts, and I would like to thank investors for their patience,’ said P Peter Pascali, president and CEO of PyroGenesis.
Materials Today 09/20/2019 05:36
The SMMTs figures covering car output from 2013 to 2019. 2019 British car manufacturing output declined 10.6% in July, with 108,239 units produced, according to figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). According to the association, this is the fourteenth successive month of decline, due to weakness in major EU and Asian markets coupled with some key model changes affected performance. Production for export fell 14.6% in the month, although overseas demand accounted for eight in ten cars built. However, output for the domestic market rose by 10.2%, or 2,000 units, following a steep 35.1% fall in July in 2018. In the year-to-date, some 774,760 cars have been made in Britain, 180,864 fewer than in the same timeframe
Materials Today 09/20/2019 05:35
Composite Integration has moved to a new facility site in Saltash, UK. Resin transfer molding (RTM) company Composite Integration has moved to a new facility site in Saltash, UK. According to the company, it has experienced significant growth in its workforce and capabilities over the last few days. The new site reportedly has a 300% increase in floor space over its previous facility, allowing the company room to build the larger machines it requires to meet growing demand for large scale infusion for processing aerospace grade materials. It also features a dedicated R&D workshop and a demonstration and training area has been commissioned. ‘Our new facility will give us the opportunity not only to expand our business overall but also to man.
Materials Today 09/19/2019 05:00
Gareth Parkinson (left) with fellow TU Wien researcher Jakub Zdenek (right). Photo: TU Wien. Catalysts make our cars more environmentally friendly and they are indispensable for the chemical industry. This is because they make certain chemical reactions possible – such as the conversion of carbon monoxide into carbon dioxide in car exhaust gases – that would otherwise happen very slowly or not at all. Now, surface physicists at the Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien) in Austria have found that incorporating individual metal atoms into a surface in the right way allows their chemical behavior to be adapted, making new, better catalysts possible. They have reported promising results with iridium atoms in a paper in . Solid catalysts con.
Materials Today 09/19/2019 04:59
This image shows the similarity between the doubling of domains in barium titanate (left) and a bifurcating pyramidal neuron (right). Image: left panel Beatriz Noheda; right panel Ramón y Cajal. A phenomenon that is well known from chaos theory has been observed in a material for the first time ever by scientists from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. A structural transition in a ferroelastic material, caused by an increase or decrease in temperature, resembles the periodic doubling seen in non-linear dynamical systems. This 'spatial chaos' in a material was first predicted in 1985 and could find use in applications such as adaptable neuromorphic electronics. The scientists report their findings in a paper in . The physicists
Materials Today 09/19/2019 04:37
Attendees at the Composites UK awards dinner in 2018. Composites UK has revealed its shortlist for the 2019 composites industry awards, which will be presented at the annual awards dinner on 30th October in Birmingham, UK, coinciding with the Advanced Engineering Show. The 2019 shortlisted entries for each award are as follows (announced in alphabetical order):. Innovation in Manufacture – Airbond, Surface Generation. Innovation in Design – Cecence, Dura Composites. Innovation in Materials – Gurit, Technical Fibre Products. Start-Up Business of the Year – iCOMAT |Mouldbox. Sustainability Award – Coventive Composites, Gurit, Prodrive Composites. Trainee/Apprentice Award – Jessica Sugden, MPM, Nia Jones, National Composites Centre. Employer of the Y.
Materials Today 09/19/2019 04:29
EOS says that that its Additive Minds consultancy service has been named as ‘Top Consultant 2019’ in a German competition for SMEs. According to the company, the award recognizes high levels of professionalism, services and customer satisfaction. ‘We are delighted that Additive Minds have now received this accolade for the second time since their 2017 award,’ said the company in a press release. This story uses material from , with editorial changes made by Materials Today.
Materials Today 09/19/2019 04:29
The acquisition of Friatec GmbH gives Kyocera its second fine ceramic manufacturing facility in Europe. Kyocera Fineceramics GmbH, Kyocera Corporation’s German-based European headquarters, says that it has completed its acquisition of Friatec’s advanced ceramics business operations. This follows an initial agreement with the plastics and ceramics specialist in May 2019. Kyocera says that the acquisition gives it its second fine ceramic manufacturing facility in Europe, making it possible to meet the rising demand for fine ceramic components used in industrial machinery. This story uses material from , with editorial changes made by Materials Today.
Materials Today 09/18/2019 04:59
Predictive monitoring of production plants is possible with the help of digital tools such as tablets. Polymer company Covestro says that it plans to continue a pilot project it set up in in Caojing, China, looking into the predictive and intelligent maintenance of systems. The company also plans to digitalize and integrate what it calls ‘the system landscape’ in production, reportedly improving efficiency and lowering cost. ‘The collection and analysis of data has become increasingly important in recent years,’ said Dr Klaus Schäfer, CTO.
Materials Today 09/18/2019 04:59
The new 15,000 m3 center will feature Arcam electron beam melting (EBM) systems. GE Additive has opened an additive manufacturing (AM) site in Gothenburg, Sweden. The new 15,000 m 3 center will reportedly have capacity for up to 500 employees and will feature Arcam electron beam melting (EBM) systems in research, production and training. ‘The Arcam EBM team in Gothenburg is energized to be in its new home – a dynamic, sustainable workplace – in a great location,’ said Karl Lindblom, general manager of GE Additive Arcam EBM.
Materials Today 09/18/2019 04:58
The new graphene-based NEMS accelerometer on a coin. Photo: KTH Royal Institute of Technology. In what could be a breakthrough for body sensor and navigation technologies, a team of scientists in Sweden and Germany has developed the smallest ever accelerometer for measuring acceleration, by taking advantage of the highly conductive nanomaterial graphene. The team includes researchers from the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden, and RWTH Aachen University and Research Institute AMO GmbH, Aachen, in Germany. For decades, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) have been the basis for new innovations in fields such as medical technology. Now these systems are starting to move to the next level – nano-electromechanical systems (NEMS). In.
Materials Today 09/17/2019 07:36
The organizers of Composites Europe say that the show experienced lower demand from both exhibitors and visitors this year. In total, organiser Reed Exhibitions registered 310 exhibitors, down from 354 in 2018, and 7,581 visitors, down from 8,148 from 64 countries, a decrease of 7%. This was reportedly due to a downturn in the automotive industry, which is suffering from declining sales and proposed trade barriers, and the plant and mechanical engineering sector affected by the economy. However, there is increased demand for composites in the aerospace and construction sector, Composites Europe said. According to AVK – Federation of Reinforced Plastics’ report, presented at the show, after years of growth, the market for glass-fiber reinfor.
Materials Today 09/17/2019 07:36
Rockwood Composites, based in Newton Abbot, UK, says that it has increased its workforce by 50% in the last six months. The company is also reportedly building two new 100 tonne presses, which will be on stream in October. The presses will be used to apply heat and pressure needed to cure raw composites materials into components and structures. These are used in a range of industries including aerospace, defence, nuclear energy and medical technology. Rockwood has also invested in a Hurco CNC machining center which uses CAD-CAM in conjunction with CNC machining to produce three-dimensional tooling and make detail machining of the molded parts. ‘The composites industry, particularly the aerospace sector, is experiencing rapid growth, and we
Materials Today 09/17/2019 04:53
A new detector made from graphene could be used in a terahertz-based astronomical sensor, according to research published in Nature Astronomy. [Lara-Avila, S. et al., Nature Astron . (2019); DOI: ]. Terahertz observations of star- and planet-forming regions are off limits to conventional ground-based astronomy because of atmospheric attenuation. But, orbiting and airborne sub-millimetre-wavelength telescopes could work around the haze given suitable detectors. "We have reached a near zero-electron scenario in uniformly doped graphene, the Dirac point, by assembling electron-accepting molecules on its surface," explains Samuel Lara-Avila of Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden. "Our results show that graphene is an exceptionally good
Materials Today 09/17/2019 04:53
An example of a rationally synthesized MOF@MOF (cubic HKUST-1@MOF-5). Image: KAIST. The integration of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) with other metal nanoparticles has increasingly led to the creation of new multifunctional materials. Many researchers have integrated MOFs with other classes of materials to produce new structures with synergetic properties. But despite there being over 70,000 collections of synthesized MOFs that can be used as building blocks, researchers have struggled to integrate different MOFs, as the precise nature of the interaction and bonding at their interface remains unknown. The question is how to pick out the right matching pairs from these 70,000 MOFs. An algorithmic study reported in by a team from the Korea
Materials Today 09/16/2019 10:00
Enrique J. Lavernia. The recipient of the 2020 Acta Materialia Gold Medal is Dr. Enrique J. Lavernia, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for the University of California, Irvine. As provost, Dr. Lavernia is UCI’s chief academic and operating officer, with primary responsibility for the university’s teaching and research enterprise, which includes 16 schools, nearly 5,500 faculty and 192 degree programs. Before joining UCI, Dr. Lavernia was engineering dean and a Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at UC Davis. He also served as provost and executive vice chancellor for two years as UC Davis transitioned to a new chancellor. During his tenure as dean of the UC Davis College of Engineering, it evolved into
Materials Today 09/16/2019 10:00
Cato T. Laurencin. The recipient of the 2020 Acta Biomaterialia Gold Medal - is Professor Cato T. Laurencin of the University of Connecticut. An engineer, surgeon and scientist, Prof. Laurencin earned his B.S.E. degree in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University. He earned his Ph.D. in Biochemical Engineering/Biotechnology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was named a Hugh Hampton Young Fellow, and earned his M.D., Magna Cum Laude , from the Harvard Medical School where he also received the Robinson Award for Surgery. Prof. Laurencin serves as a University Professor at the University of Connecticut (the highest academic title and the 8th in the institution’s over 135-year history). He is a Professor of Chemical a.

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