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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on May 8th, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

The state of Kentucky, the University of Kentucky, the University of Louisville and the Argonne National Lab have announced that they have entered into a partnership to forge a national battery manufacturing R&D center on advanced batteries. The center’s would work with  with labs, manufacturers, suppliers and consumers to bring down advanced-battery production costs and …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on May 6th, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

Yes, Cap-and-Trade issues are a great concern to lots of individuals engaged in manufacturing ceramic and glass products. And, yes, the issues are also of great concern to lots of materials scientists, researchers and lab managers. The issue is getting hashed out in lots of meetings, particularly ones in Washington, DC, and it is increasingly …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on May 5th, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

Attention opaque and transparent armor aficionados: U.S. Army officials last week awarded contracts to four armored vehicle manufacturers to provide test and evaluation versions of a lighter, more-nimble version of its Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle. The MRAP All Terrain Vehicle is mainly aimed for use in Afghanistan. The Army is giving contracts for M-ATV test/evaluation …

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The Army is giving contracts for M-ATV test/evaluation vehicles are going to BAE Systems, Oshkosh Corp., Navistar International and Force Dynamics LLC, a joint venture of Force Protection and General Dynamics Land Systems. The Army plans to eventually award a winner-take-all contract based on an estimated order that could range from 2,000 to 10,000 M-ATVs.

Here is an Oshkosh Corp video on their vehicle:

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Biomaterials




Published on May 5th, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

DOE Secretary Steven Chu is keeping the jobs/energy ball rolling with an announcement today that the agency has allocated $786.5 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to accelerate advanced biofuels R&D and commercial-scale biorefinery demonstration projects. There are many materials research and engineering angles to this, but the $110 million for “fundamental research” …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on May 4th, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

[flash /ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/skyline_solar.flv mode=1 f={image=/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/skyline_solar.jpg}] A new name in PV manufacturing, Skyline Solar, went public today with its business plans and demonstrations of its High Gain Solar arrays technology that it claims will bring the cost of solar power to competitive levels in the normal electricity market. The HGS system, which uses a novel parabolic reflector …

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Business




Published on May 3rd, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

  “You know that we are living in a material world” – Madonna             Atomic layer deposition infusement make spider silk super strong. Missouri S&T prof working on PV and lithium battery improvements. Federal incentives helping Oregon’s Solarworld. Versa Power eyes SOFC manufacturing plant. RAK Ceramics has over 115 million …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on May 3rd, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

Alfred University reports that one of their veteran researchers has come up with a new and practical process for strengthening glass and ceramics. The school claims the technology can allow a glass bottle to bounce even when dropped from 10 feet to a concrete floor. The process is the discovery of William LaCourse, a professor …

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Career




Published on May 2nd, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

First, I apologize for the length of this post (I’ve saved it for the weekend), but one of biggest “sleeper” stories in science in a long time is the DOE’s announcement concerning the establishment of 46 Energy Frontier Research Centers. These EFRCs have just been commissioned to focus work on a list of “grand challenges” …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on May 1st, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

The Air Force has awarded MEMS sensor maker Sporian Microsystems a contract to conduct research using the firm’s “polymer derived ceramic as a non-planar, conformal, thin film, high temperature sensor.” The AF wants a sensor system that can monitor the temperature and strain in aircraft turbines. Temperatures in these critical materials often are well in …

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Characterization




Published on May 1st, 2009 | By: RussJordan

Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute believe that the speed at which heat moves between two materials that touch one another indicates the strength of the bond between them. Moreover, they believe that flow of heat from one material to the other – in their case, between one solid and one liquid – can be altered …

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