24-05-2018 | Materials Technology | News | Article
Metal-Phosphate Flakes Improve Corrosion Protection
Zinc-phosphate coatings are frequently used to protect steel structures against corrosion. Researchers at the Leibniz Institute for New Materials (INM) have developed special, flake-shaped metal-phosphate particles to improve passivation and increase the diffusion barrier to corrosive substances.
18-05-2018 | Lightweight Design | News | Article
Inexpensive Carbon Fibres for Lightweight Construction
Producing carbon fibres is still too expensive for the mass market. This should change with the ComCarbon technology from the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research IAP, which focuses on an inexpensive melt-spinning process with special meltable PAN copolymers.
15-05-2018 | Materials Technology | News | Article
Disorder Increases Thermal Insulation
Powders are highly suitable for thermal insulation when they comprise a disordered collection of differently sized nanoparticles. Researchers at the University of Bayreuth have discovered how the thermal conductivity of powders is influenced by the order and disorder of their components.
14-05-2018 | Industry 4.0 | News | Article
All-Round Talent in Aircraft Construction
Unfinished aircraft components come in different sizes and designs, which complicates automatic machining. A new mobile robot can rapidly adapt to shape deviations, as well as product and type changes, and machines the components highly accurately.
11-05-2018 | Materials Technology | News | Article
Upcycling PET Bottles
An innovative procedure should permit re-utilisation of PET waste from used beverage bottles to produce industrial plastic, thereby reducing the consumption of new, high-grade polyamide-based plastic.
07-05-2018 | Manufacturing | News | Article
Origami à la Earwig
Researchers at ETH Zürich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich) have developed multifunctional origami structures and produced them on a 3D printer. They copied the principle underlying the shapes from the earwig.
04-05-2018 | Manufacturing | News | Article
Precisely Predicting Material Failure
When components are made in several solid-forming steps, the loads involved can invisibly damage the materials. A new simulation model can precisely calculate the damage progression to predict the time and location of material failure.
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