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New 3D Printing Process Could Enable Material Creation in Zero-Gravity Environment

New 3D Printing Process Could Enable Material Creation in Zero-Gravity Environment

A novel 3D-printing process called selective separation sintering (SSS), has been developed by an engineer from the University of Southern California (USC). The process has won the first prize in the NASA In-Situ Materials Challenge, due to its breakthrough application in the construction of physical structures in space. [More]
Composite Metal Foams Show Promise for Storing and Transporting Heat-Sensitive Materials

Composite Metal Foams Show Promise for Storing and Transporting Heat-Sensitive Materials

A new study from North Carolina State University researchers finds that novel light-weight composite metal foams (CMFs) are significantly more effective at insulating against high heat than the conventional base metals and alloys that they’re made of, such as steel. The finding means the CMF is especially promising for use in storing and transporting nuclear material, hazardous materials, explosives and other heat-sensitive materials, as well as for space exploration. [More]
Research on New Cladding and Fuel Materials for Safer Nuclear Reactors

Research on New Cladding and Fuel Materials for Safer Nuclear Reactors

Around the world nuclear energy is a vital source of energy. It is needed because it is a clean energy source and reduces the carbon emissions from fossil fuels. However many people believe that the risk of nuclear accidents does not outweigh the advantages of using nuclear energy. Michael Tonks, assistant professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering at Penn State and director of the Microstructure Science and Engineering Laboratory at Penn State is involved with three projects through the Department of Energy’s Nuclear Energy University Program (NEUP). These projects aim to discover new materials for nuclear fuel, to make the existing light water reactors (LWRs) safer. [More]
Oxygen-Trapping Composite of MOF and Helper Molecule Holds Potential for Energy Applications

Oxygen-Trapping Composite of MOF and Helper Molecule Holds Potential for Energy Applications

Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are low-cost materials that are capable of separating gases from air and other combined gas streams. When it comes to separating oxygen, these materials fail completely. To resolve this issue, researchers have developed a MOF composite and a helper molecule, where both work together to isolate oxygen from other types of gases in a simple and cost-effective way. [More]
Invisible Cloaks Could be Possible in the Future with Innovative Meta-Skin

Invisible Cloaks Could be Possible in the Future with Innovative Meta-Skin

Engineers at Iowa State University have created a flexible meta-skin that is capable of shielding objects from powerful radar waves. This stretchable and tunable meta-skin utilizes a row of tiny liquid-metal devices to trap and suppress the radar waves at a specific frequency, and shields objects against the sharp radar waves. [More]
Flame-Retardant, High-Modulus Thermoplastic Textile Prepreg Developed by Toho Tenax

Flame-Retardant, High-Modulus Thermoplastic Textile Prepreg Developed by Toho Tenax

Toho Tenax Co., Ltd., the core company of the Teijin Group’s carbon fibers and composites business, announced today that it has developed a flame-retardant, high-modulus thermoplastic textile prepreg. [More]
Researchers Find Way to Control Properties of Composite Material for Biomedical Applications

Researchers Find Way to Control Properties of Composite Material for Biomedical Applications

Researchers from a number of disciplines at North Carolina State University collaborated to create a composite material capable of emitting heat and light when exposed to radiation of specific wavelengths. The material can also be customized to possess specific mechanical features. This composite could possibly be adapted for use in drug delivery, biomedical imaging, and therapeutic treatments. [More]
First All Carbon Fiber Electric Vehicle Successfully Completes Frontal Crash Test with Amazing Results

First All Carbon Fiber Electric Vehicle Successfully Completes Frontal Crash Test with Amazing Results

Michael Hu, President of 2050 Motors, Inc., announced today that the first all carbon fiber electric vehicle (the e-Go EV) has commenced crash testing in China and has successfully passed the frontal crash test with amazing results. [More]
Renewable Wood-Based Carbon Fiber Used to Build Car Prototype

Renewable Wood-Based Carbon Fiber Used to Build Car Prototype

The world's first model car comprising wood-based carbon fiber roof and battery was produced by a group of Swedish researchers. Many decades ago, station wagons have wooden paneling; however, this was merely for aesthetics. The vision behind using wood in this current research is to decrease vehicle weight using renewable materials. [More]
Sandia Labs Analyzes Impact on Composites Using Nondestructive Testing Methods

Sandia Labs Analyzes Impact on Composites Using Nondestructive Testing Methods

Researchers David Moore and Timothy Briggs from Sandia National Laboratories and their teams are analyzing the inner parts of a composite material. Moore had a rectangular piece of carbon composite material with a surface that was smooth with a weak woven pattern. [More]