Article - 20 Jun 2001
Industry is always keen to seek out cost-effective practices to compete and survive. Recognising this trend, publications from the Copper Development Association (CDA) have emphasised production and...
Article - 6 Jun 2001
Developments in the steel industry are helping stave off challenges from alternative materials such as aluminium and plastics in the automotive industry. Steel still dominates for many reasons which...
Article - 30 May 2001
Aluminium based metal matrix composites have been shown to be a superior material for railway car brake disks compared to conventional iron items. This case study looks at thermal characteristics,...
Article - 24 May 2001
Bore seals and 'O' rings for reciprocating shafts, reciprocating seals, and seals for rotating shafts are explained. Designs, materials and relative costs are covered.
Article - 30 Apr 2001
Techniques such as sheet moulding, pultrusion, filament winding, prepreg moulding and resin transfer moulding can be used to produce thermoset composites. These processes can be applied to a wide...
Article - 3 Apr 2001
This article provides a comprehensive introduction into the process of injection moulding of plastics. It covers the various stages in the process and also looks at design parameters.
Article - 9 Mar 2001
This novel family of materials is quite new and hence applications are relatively limited. This article describes a number of potential applications for auxetic materials including biomedical,...
Article - 21 Feb 2001
The high pressure turbine is a specialty item. Materials such as superalloys, intermetallics and ceramic matrix composites are considered, as is the use of thermal barrier coatings.
Article - 14 Feb 2001
Refractories are defined and aspects such as refractoriness, operating conditions, porosity and forms are explored. Their application in furnace linings is also explained.
Article - 9 Feb 2001
Boron Carbide (B4C) is one of the hardest materials known to man. As such, many of its applications revolve around its wear resistance including such uses as abrasives and nozzles. It also has some...