Aeronautics & Space

Video of the week: Linda Jones on high temperature oxidation and corrosion of ceramics and glass

By / April 21, 2010

[flash mode=1 f={image=/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/linda_jones.jpg}] ACerS Fellow Linda Jones is the Hewlett Professor of Engineering at Smith College. Through much of her career, Jones has focused on how materials behave when exposed to oxygen and other gases under conditions of high temperatures and high levels of vibrations, such as might be found on the leading-edge surfaces…

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Please welcome the newest addition to the periodic table: Element 117

By / April 8, 2010

According to a release from the Lawrence Livermore National Lab, a new element has been discovered, one that resides in a tiny slice of paradise called the island of stability. Element 117– yet to receive a formal name – is the fifth new element scientists have discovered in the past decade. “The discovery of element…

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Video of the week: Ultrahigh-temperature ceramics and hypersonic flight

By / March 31, 2010

Greg Hilmas and Bill Fahrenholtz, both professors at Missouri S&T, are working on developing ceramic materials that can withstand ultrahigh temperatures (1,600°C–3,000°C) that will be encountered by hypersonic planes of the future. Ultrahigh-temperature ceramic materials are particularly needed on the leading edges of acute flight surfaces to withstand the intense heat that will be generated…

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Missouri S&T pioneers process for tough, custom aerospace materials

By / March 5, 2010

A group out of Missouri University of Science and Technology says it has a new method for mixing metals with ceramic that will allow stronger, heat-resistant, functionally graded materials for the creation of hypersonic and other ultrahigh-temperature aerospace components. The group, led by Ming Lue, a mechanical and aerospace engineering professor at S&T, uses a…

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Composite materials designed for hypersonic flight

By / February 11, 2010

University of Queensland (Australia) researchers are testing new materials that can withstand the extreme heat experienced by hypersonic aircraft to enable longer flight times. The tests use scramjet engines composed of composite materials that may be able to withstand the heat produced at Mach 8. The $1.5 million project is run by Australia’s Defence Materials…

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Aerogel-based -40°C hydration system to be licensed

By / February 10, 2010

Rights to a special low-temperature hydration system originally developed by NASA for astronauts – one that makes heavy use of the insulating wonder aerogel – is now being made available for licensing. In a release from Fuentek LLC, the company announces that the Johnson Space Center has selected it to find prospective licensees for NASA’s…

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Survey envy

By / February 1, 2010

Hey NASA! I, too, will fill out a questionnaire about your new fancy-dancy Stardust-NExT site if you send me a little chunk of aerogel to play with.

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First stage of NASA’s ‘space elevator’ contest won

By / November 6, 2009

LaserMotive‘s photovoltaic-powered machine became the first in the three-year history of NASA’s space elevator contest to climb a 2,953-foot-long ribbon, securing a prize of $900,000. The competition saw teams use laser-powered robots they designed and built to climb a 1 kilometer-long cable suspended vertically from a hovering helicopter. LaserMotive fell short of the $2 million…

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Monday materials music

By / October 26, 2009

Finally, NASA gets some props. International Space Station baby!

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Monday materials music

By / September 28, 2009

A new video from composer John Boswell: “A musical tribute to two great men of science. Carl Sagan and his cosmologist companion Stephen Hawking present: A Glorious Dawn – Cosmos remixed. Almost all samples and footage taken from Carl Sagan’s Cosmos and Stephen Hawking’s Universe series” Hey, this ain’t Friday–now that the music’s over, don’t…

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