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Materials features, January 2012

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Wind: Getting O&M under control

Part 6. Gail Rajgor looks at the importance of adopting a proactive O&M strategy in boosting the bottom line.

Infrastructure innovations: Part 2

FRP infrastructure applications are global and growing, but there’s more to innovation than commercialising new components. Reinforced Plastics talks with

New times and new ways may sound the corniest of the lines we have all come to ‘love’ so much in the economic recession, but for Metal Powder Report, it’s

A review of recent literature shows that composites composed of natural fibres and/or bio-polymers have good potential for future infrastructure applicatio

This article describes in detail the characteristics of SILVERON GT 101 bright silver compared to those obtained from conventional cyanide silver electroly

Space launch company SpaceX used Fibersim composites engineering software to reduce the time needed to design and manufacture composite parts for its Drago

Manufacturers achieve major improvements in blast nozzle life using CERBIDE™ vs. alternataive materials, including boron carbide, tungsten carbide and alum

GRP, CFRP, bio and nano – stem to stern, composites bring durability, weight reduction, and cleaner, greener cost-effective material and process options to

After unsaturated polyester resins, epoxies are the most widely-used thermosetting resins used in reinforced plastics. Because of their superior properties

Philippe Michaud of Huntsman Advanced Materials discusses how high performance composites technologies are a key enabler across a number of market sectors.

Ken Brookes discusses an investigation into diamond impregnated tools for stone and civil engineering which took place at the EPMA 2011 Annual Conference i

New integrated process combines traditional cleaning methods with fluorescence-based inspection.

FRP infrastructure applications are global and growing, but there’s more to innovation than commercialising new components. Reinforced Plastics talks with

Turkey is investing in its wind energy industry to decrease dependency on imported energy and the government is encouraging domestic wind turbine blade man

Ed Petrie, Metal Finishing’s “Adhesion and Bonding” columnist, discusses the three operational mechanisms involved in ensuring optimal paint adhesion.

News of the first titanium jaw made specific to a patient’s bone structure made a big impression on both the nontechnical and technical press. But how impo

This article provides a basic understanding about self-clinching fastener technology and the issues associated with surface finishing can help guide the wa

The Australian designed and built FR-1 has become a reality after nine years and over A$1 million invested to produce this hand-built , one-off, high perfo

We report on how the increasing use of composites in commercial aircraft is creating questions about the best way to repair these materials.

Last year’s double-digit growth is expected to continue in metal powders, with manufacturers reporting high demand driven largely by North American markets

Water systems around the world are under increasing pressure due to demands from continued industrialisation and urbanisation; growing populations; and inc

Well-made anodes are critical to any plating process as they: extend bath life; have less metallic contamination; produce parts without roughness; and requ

America's wind industry is simultaneously on course for a record-breaking year of installations and on the brink of catastrophe – and a lot has to do with

At the JEC Europe 2012 trade show in Paris in March, Momentive Specialty Chemicals introduced a new epoxy system for the mass production of carbon fibre au

The UK has seen announcements worth £4.7 billion into renewables, supporting 15,000, in the period April 2011 to February 2012, and more is underway.

John Durkee, Metal Finishing’s “Cleaning Times” columnist, provides an overview of OSHA’s recently revised HCS as it relates to those who use cleaning chem

AkzoNobel and DSM Composite Resins are introducing BluCure™ cobalt-free curing technology for unsaturated polyester and vinyl ester resins. With the use of

Managing hazardous wastes at a metal finishing plant is a very resource-intensive activity. For operations generating a significant amount of hazardous by-

At JEC Europe 2012, AGY launched a ‘re-energised’ organisation and announced a deal under which CTG/Taishan Fiberglass of China will manufacture AGY’s new

Successful implementation of transitional metal conversions can save both time and money—but only if the processes are executed properly.

Thermosetting resins are the most widely used resins in composites. Here we introduce their characteristics and properties.

Euro PM2011, considered the pinnacle of the annual powder metallurgy calendar, set attendance records as well as the stage for industry growth. Joe Capus r

Automotive OEMs facing the challenge of stricter government-mandated fuel efficiency targets are looking for new ways to shave weight from their vehicles t

Owens Corning recently had a chance to experience what it has been preaching for many years – money can be saved buying chemical storage tanks made with gl

3C Technology has developed—and proposed for commercial applications—a method for electroplating titanium alloys in the form of a coating on plastic and ca

America's wind industry is simultaneously on course for a record-breaking year of installations and on the brink of catastrophe – and a lot has to do with

What downturn? The metal injection moulding (MIM) industry is flourishing, with high demand for jobs, products and materials. Look for growth to come large

Metal Finishing columnist Leslie Flott discusses the critical role that coating thickness plays in product quality and process/cost control.

Composites have long been used in the construction industry for moulds, interior architecture and exterior cladding of buildings, but where are the other o

The new-generation of wind turbines that will operate offshore require very large rotors. George Marsh looks at a different approach to blade design from B

Barbara Kanegsberg and Ed Kanegsberg Ph.D., a.k.a the “Cleaning Lady and the Rocket Scientist,” discuss both the positive and negative aspects of metal cle

This year’s JEC exhibition takes place on 27-29 March in Paris. In this preview Reinforced Plastics takes a look at some of the developments on display.

Ed Petrie, Metal Finishing’s “Adhesion & Bonding” columnist, reviews noise-dampening sealants that have created a niche market for automotive applications.

Samantha Bell, Global Marketing Manager, Composites Specialities, Scott Bader Company Ltd, discusses how two companies have realised benefits by using Scot

Say lubricants to most people in the PM industry and the first things they think of are the additives that ease green parts out of the press. But take a st

The new-generation of wind turbines that will operate offshore require very large rotors. George Marsh takes a look at the Vestas approach.

Metal Finishing columnist Leslie Flott describes how shop managers might use statistical process controls to test operational theories.

Joseph Capus looks in on a session on binders taking place at the PowderMet 2011 conference in San Francisco and reports on what’s new in the field of bind

With a new generation of sophisticated wind turbines targeting inhospitable offshore regimes comes the need for better day to day testing of components. Ja

The world wind turbine market is set for continued growth, with the Global Wind Energy Council forecasting up to 1 TW installed by 2020 in its most optimis

Ken Brookes dissects the current state of the tungsten and tungsten carbide industries in China.

The pattern of use of perchloroethylene suggests that reductions in its use in parts cleaning will be slow due to trends in other industries.

Using powder metal technology to produce large titanium parts has long been a major goal for the PM industry. But while small, expensive, parts have been p

The wind energy industry is one of the fastest-growing consumers of fibre reinforced plastics in the world. Production challenges are compounded as the sca

Reinforced Plastics asked Onur Tokgoz, Wind Energy Global Business Leader at 3B-the fibreglass company, about the company’s activities in the wind energy m

In order to solve the problems that exist in traditional multi-stage phosphating, a novel coating system was developed by predispersing an optimum amount

Wind devices date all the way back to vertical axis wind mills from the Persian-Afghanistan borders around 200 BC, to today’s efforts to develop 10 MW wind

The continued evolution of composites materials means than boat building today is very different from the way it was in its infancy three decades ago. We v

A review of the Wind Turbine Blade Manufacture conference organised by AMI in Germany last month.

Investment banker Michael Del Pero and composites industry veteran Steve Speak offer their business perspective for the future of the advanced composites s

Case study looks at how a New York-based metal finisher adopted new wastewater treatment capabilities, resulting in plating process improvements and electr

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