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Materials features, January 2010

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Reducing Operational Costs, Environmental Impact Via Rigorous Plating/Finishing Analysis

This article presents the methodology used by the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute at Rochester Institute of Technology to determine the basel

Sandwich structures deliver core benefits

New and innovative core materials are adding design freedom, cost efficiency and other desirable qualities to composite sandwich structures, along with hig

With its 2020 targets of 20% of energy from renewable sources, the challenge for the UK Government and the energy industry is to deliver almost a seven-fol

Read how the Surface Matrix Sealing System (TM) from IMPCO can lower parts rejection rates via a technique known as "filling porosity."

GE's enthusiasm for the offshore wind turbine sector has been rekindled with the acquisition of ScanWind, and a new offshore model is planned. David Hopwoo

The use of adhesives in industry has increased significantly in recent years, but with the development of methacrylate technology the advance of structural

Read how West Babylon, N.Y.-based Ripak, a metal finishing company, utilized information systems technology to improve customer relations.

David Kendall, Managing Director of Optima Projects Ltd, reviews a recent Network Group for Composites in Construction (NGCC) conference discussing some ex

Onshore wind is set to be the star technology in helping the EU’s 27 Member States to meet their mandatory targets for 20% of the EU’s energy to come from

Reducing energy usage and emissions via a regenerative, dry-filtration method that separates wet paint overspray from spray booth process air.

Louis R. Ross, Director of Research and Development at Interplastic Corporation, explains how composites made with resins that contain rapidly renewable an

The article discusses the range of filters available and the effect that different conditions and circumstances have on filter performance.

Join us for a quick tour of the COMPOSITES EUROPE trade show.

The increased demand for large-scale composites, especially in aerospace applications, is driving a trend toward lighter-weight, durable composite tooling

The USA is seeing a shift in attitudes to renewable energy at Federal level. Bush-era oil-dominated policies are giving way to positive encouragement of su

Transition metal conversion coatings are here to stay. Those who approach it correctly and do the necessary testing to verify the results will be best serv

GKN Aerospace is heavily involved in the manufacture of the composite wings for the new Airbus A350 aircraft. George Marsh visited the company's Filton, UK

An integrated manufacturing facility, utilizing scrubbers to neutralize and exhaust alkaline and acidic fumes from metal pretreatment, phosphating, and ele

As part of the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) in March, two of the panel debates discussed how to reach the EU’s 2020 renewable energy targets and how

Still straddling the fence on the new phosphate pretreatment replacements on the market today? Well, now may be the time to take the leap, and it’s a short

New power sources require specialty adhesives and sealants to enable them to function reliably and efficiently.

Recycling carbon fibres from aerospace composite scrap has environmental and business benefits. The shift from pilot scale to industrial operations is prog

This year’s JEC Composites Show takes place on 13-15 April in Paris. In this preview we take a look at some of the developments on display.

Pipe Coating firm adapts electrical enclosure coolers to solve host of space, heat, and operational issues.

Kristel van Haaren, Business Development Manager, DSM Composite Resins, offers an overview of where composites fit in the growing desalination industry.

According to analyst Emerging Energy Research (EER), the global installed offshore wind base is expected to grow to nearly 45 GW in 2020. But how far are w

“We didn’t understand why it shouldn’t be possible to mount a wind turbine on a floating construction,” Sjur Bratland, Asset Manager for Hywind at Statoil.

The drive toward smaller, lighter, more energy-efficient vehicles continues as consumers push for 'greener' – but not necessarily smaller – vehicles, while

Wind energy and vacuum infusion is one of the biggest opportunities today for the composites industry according to Reinier Jansen, Business Development Win

3D-MID are designed to maximize space use where components are placed at different heights and in different declinations.

An answer to the problem of lacquer deterioration on visible carbon composite components has been developed by automotive technology and specialist manufac

Flue gas desulphurisation (FGD) equipment is a big user of fibre reinforced plastic (FRP). Robert McIlvaine of The McIlvaine Company describes the current

This column expands upon my observation to that effect, which I described in my previous column (Metal Finishing, Volume 108, Issue 2, Feb. 2010). My basis

Technology for extracting power from waves is still very much at the developmental stage, but it is already well known that devices in which the waves set

Thoughts on the largely German—but increasingly European—trade fair, Parts-2-Clean, held in Stuttgart from Oct. 19–22, 2009.

Scott Reeve of Composite Advantage LLC takes a look at the benefits and barriers for FRP in bridge construction and outlines where FRP bridge technology pr

There is good news in the wind for proponents of wind power. Wind turbine capacity has been increasing dramatically, and the unit cost of power generated b

More than 11,000 visitors converged on the Shanghai New International Expo Centre Nov. 18–20 to attend SFCHINA ’09, billed as China’s foremost exposition a

The manufacture of wind turbine blades has been based on thermoset composite technology, but thermoplastic composites could offer recyclability and other a

As the aerospace industry demands more from the materials it uses, the finishing of the surface becomes a greater part of the final product.

The demand for bigger wind turbines, powered by longer blades, has placed many challenges on the blade manufacturers and their suppliers. Paul Langemeier,

The offshore wind industry has already garnered government support and is increasingly piquing the interest of the private sector thanks to its ability to

Jeremy Tait of BVG Associates brings readers up-to-date with the vision for the UK offshore wind industry and offers perspectives on what this might mean a

An investigation was performed to determine the cause of coating failures on several large hinged steel boxes. These boxes were constructed of sheet steel

It’s been a busy year for the European Hard Metals Group. At an unprecedented second meeting in 12 months, held at EuroPM 2009 in Copenhagen, the group has

Truck maker Scania can now satisfy the EU’s new exhaust directive in a different way to competitors thanks to SEM’s skills and Höganäs’ SMC powder...

Producing metallic hollow spheres is complicated. Up to now it has not been possible to make the small sizes required for new high-tech applications. Howev

The future of green building is blue sky and beyond if the numbers from the US Green Building Council (USGBC) continue to hold true. It released its first

A new coating technology developed and commercialized 10 years ago in Japan and just recently introduced to the U.S. offers revolutionary new properties. T

Despite the current lull in demand for carbon fibres from high-volume users, the range of manufacturing applications for carbon fibre reinforced plastics (

Cold spray is one of the many names for describing a solid-state coating process that uses a high-speed gas jet to accelerate powder particles toward a sub

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