Lisa McDonald

Improving lifetime predictions for aircraft components: Insights into the internal oxidation processes of ceramic matrix composites

By Lisa McDonald / January 31, 2023

Though ceramic matrix composites for aircraft have entered commercial operation, there still are some knowledge gaps regarding the oxidation of these materials. Two researchers from the University of California, Santa Barbara, conducted an experiment on internal CMC oxidation that provided new insights into the oxidation processes and highlighted deficiencies in the current standard oxidation model.

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Ceramic and glass business news of the week for January 30, 2023

By Lisa McDonald / January 30, 2023

Asteroid-mining startup AstroForge to launch first space missions this year, science policy in 2023, and more ceramic and glass business news of the week for January 30, 2023.

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Femtosecond laser bursts drill crack-free holes in glass

By Lisa McDonald / January 27, 2023

Femtosecond lasers have led to great advances in micromachining capabilities, including for glass technologies. Now, researchers in France demonstrated the potential of a modified femtosecond laser approach based on burst pulses to drill crack-free holes in glass.

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Video: ‘Clay as Soft Power’ exhibition examines how Shigaraki ware may have helped mend postwar Japanese–U.S. relations

By Lisa McDonald / January 25, 2023

Following World War II, how did Japan and the United States repair their relationship and become as close as they are today? A new exhibition at the University of Michigan Museum of Art examines how Shigaraki ware may have helped transform the U.S. public’s image of Japan.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Lisa McDonald / January 25, 2023

Hydrogen-powered planes, water jets for glass recovery, and other materials stories that may be of interest for January 25, 2023.

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Beyond oxides: Successful plastic deformation in silicon nitride thanks to dual-phase structure

By Lisa McDonald / January 24, 2023

Most explorations of plastic deformation in ceramics have focused on oxide systems. A recent study led by researchers at Tsinghua University in China demonstrated the possibility of plastic deformation in nonoxide ceramics as well, specifically silicon nitride, by harnessing a dual-phase structural configuration.

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Ceramic and glass business news of the week for January 23, 2023

By Lisa McDonald / January 23, 2023

Furnace professionals form Mexican alliance, France votes to ban deep-sea mining in its waters, and more ceramic and glass business news of the week for January 23, 2023.

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Relict no more—purposeful inclusion of lime clasts gives Roman concretes self-healing properties

By Lisa McDonald / January 20, 2023

Traditionally, researchers have considered aggregate-scale lime clasts in Roman concretes to be relicts of the concrete fabrication process. Researchers led by Massachusetts Institute of Technology instead argue that these clasts were purposefully included to provide the concretes with self-healing properties.

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Video: At home or on the go, EV charging innovations at CES 2023 have you covered

By Lisa McDonald / January 18, 2023

During CES 2023, which took place January 5–8 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, numerous companies showcased their electric vehicle charging innovations. Today’s CTT highlights several key announcements made during the show.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Lisa McDonald / January 18, 2023

Twisted optical fibers, smaller flow batteries, and other materials stories that may be of interest for January 18, 2023.

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