News - 29 Oct 2004
You don’t have to be a designer to appreciate great design.
Does it get any better than the Apple iPod?
In terms of function, all it does is play music from a small computer hard drive....
Article - 4 Dec 2002
The changing state of the heat treatment industry is reviewed. Traditional processes and more recent technologies and their impact are outlined. While written from a UK perspective, much of the...
Article - 7 Aug 2002
The design evolution of tennis rackets is briefly covered. The impact of materials testing on design developments of individual racket components is discussed including benefits and limitations.
Article - 20 Jul 2002
The evolution of aluminium as an engineering material is outlined. From its discovery, recognition of beneficial properties, through to the commercialisation of refining processes, to the development...
Article - 13 Jun 2002
Aluminium foil is one of the most familiar and popular materials used in the kitchen and makes up one thrid of the kitchen wraps market. Properties that make it suited to these applications, and the...
Article - 16 Feb 2002
Tungsten (W) was one of the first alloying elements to be used methodically—as early as the mid-19th century—to enhance the properties of steel.
Article - 11 Jan 2002
Two main types of titanium dioxide are used industrially, rutile and anatase. Due to poor mechaincal properties they are generally used for optical properties as pigments for paints, plastics, ceramic...
Article - 8 Jan 2002
Concentrators are essentially lenses that help to increase the intensity of the light hitting the PV. Concentrator systems are more complex and actually consist of complex optics. Their makeup,...
Article - 7 Jan 2002
Friction stir welding is a recent modification on friction welding. It is suited to aluminium, magnesium and other metals and can join dissimilar materials. Advantages over fusion welding are, no...
Article - 14 Dec 2001
Safety issues associated with the manufacture, installation and usage of solar cells are addressed in the article.