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Aeronautics & Space

Video: 5,000 fiber-optic robots will teach scientists about dark energy’s effects on the universe

By Faye Oney / November 7, 2018

Berkeley Lab scientists are leading a project to explore the expansion of the universe. The Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument consists of 5,000 robots that will gather light from distant galaxies to measure dark energy’s effects on the universe.

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Video: This is why NASA’s Solar Probe will stay intact when it reaches the sun

By Faye Oney / July 25, 2018

NASA Goddard will launch its Parker Solar Probe in early August on a mission to study the mysteries of the sun. Watch today’s video to learn how engineers have designed the Solar Probe to withstand the sun’s intense heat.

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How will ceramic materials fare in outer space? This and much more inside August 2018 ACerS Bulletin

By Faye Oney / July 20, 2018

The August 2018 issue of the ACerS Bulletin is now available online. You’ll find stories about how functional ceramics will be 3-D printed for outer space applications, how fly ash waste can be used for high-performance refractories, and much more.

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Video: We could someday fly our own aircraft

By Faye Oney / July 18, 2018

Did you ever wish you could fly your own small plane without getting your pilot’s license? Watch today’s video to see how close the future really is!

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The future of additive manufacturing: A 3-D multiple materials printing process

By Faye Oney / June 26, 2018

3-D printing typically involves only one material. Researchers have now developed a way to print multiple materials in one process. This method could eventually replace welding and other materials joining technologies.

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Flash-sintered ceramic material could protect metal blades in aircraft engines

By Faye Oney / June 12, 2018

Researchers have demonstrated that flash sintered yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) acquires metal-like plasticity at room temperature. This discovery could prove to be useful in using YSZ as a thermal barrier coating for aircraft engine blades.

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Collaboration between Air Force Research Lab and HRL Labs could bring additively manufactured ceramics to hypersonic travel

By April Gocha / April 10, 2018

The Air Force Research Laboratory’s Aerospace Systems Directorate recently announced that it is working together with HRL Laboratories to additively manufacture high-temperature ceramic materials that are well-suited for hypersonic aircraft.

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GE Aviation invests additional $105M to manufacture ceramic matrix composites for jet engines

By April Gocha / March 9, 2018

GE Aviation is expanding two of its ceramic matrix composite manufacturing plants in North Carolina, one in Asheville and one in West Jefferson. The company will invest an additional $105 million in the plants, which manufacture jet engine components.

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Video: Extraterrestrial glass found in Africa questions theories of solar system’s creation

By Faye Oney / January 31, 2018

Scientists have discovered that glass stones found in Africa in 1996 consist of a mineral matrix and chemical element properties unlike anything in our solar system—leading them to question how our solar system originally formed.

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Revised composite materials handbook strives to standardize engineering of ceramic matrix composites

By April Gocha / December 20, 2017

A new and updated Composite Materials Handbook Volume 5: Ceramic Matrix Composites adds important data and reference materials for ceramic matrix composite materials, including sections describing ceramic matrix composite materials/processing, design/analysis guidelines, testing procedures, and data analysis and acceptance.  

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