Thermal management

Video simulation shows violent fluid mechanics of hypersonic flight

By Eileen De Guire / May 26, 2012

Supercomputers were used to simulate exhaust temperature fluctuations in a scramjet engine operating at hypersonic velocities. Credit: Stanford University; YouTube. There is a lot of work exciting work being done on developing materials for hypersonic vehicles, such as the DARPA Falcon HTV-2. The cover story of the January-February issue of the Bulletin described work on…

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Continued growth of sol-gel market predicted

By / May 25, 2012

The market for sol-gel derived products is projected to experience significant growth over the next five years, according to an updated study. Credit: BCC Research. BCC Research has released an updated study on the market for products created using sol-gel processing techniques of ceramics and glass, and the company says it expects sales in the…

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DARPA #1: Agency seeks multidisciplinary research proposals for ‘local control of materials synthesis’ (LoCo)

By / May 24, 2012

Energy ≠ heat: DARPA seeks nonthermal approaches to thin-film deposition. Credit: DARPA. DARPA has issued a notice saying they are seeking proposals related to developing low-temperature processes for the deposition of thin films whose current minimum processing temperatures exceed the maximum temperature substrates of interest to the Department of Defense. From the notice: Nontraditional performers…

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By / May 15, 2012

This illustration depicts the shape of diamond tips used to apply pressure that uncovered important new properties in the memory medium GST. The inset represents the atomic structure of amorphous GST. Credit: Ming Xu, Johns Hopkins Univ. Check ’em out: Thanks for the memory: Researchers find room for more data storage in phase-change material A team…

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Ceramics and glass business news of the week

By / March 9, 2012

New American Aerogel reusable insulation pack. Credit: American Aerogel. Here is what we are hearing: Ceralink opens new materials testing facility specializing in services for ceramic matrix composites Ceralink Inc. announced the opening of its new materials testing facility located in St. Clairsville, Ohio. Ceralink Materials Testing will specialize in advanced materials testing services for…

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Eileen De Guire / January 5, 2012

Check ’em out: High-speed CMOS sensors are used here to control production machinery. Credit: Fraunhofer IMS. High-speed CMOS sensors provide better images CMOS image sensors have long been the solution of choice for digital photography. They are cheaper to produce than existing sensors, and they are also superior in terms of power consumption and handling.…

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Ceramics and glass business news of the week

By Eileen De Guire / December 22, 2011

Here’s what we’re hearing from press releases, news stories, blogs, etc.. Morgan Technical Ceramics’ ceramic end effectors set to become component of choice for handling 450mm semiconductor wafers Increased consumer demand for more memory storage has led to recent advances in the semiconductor industry and semiconductor manufacturers are now investing heavily in the next generation…

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Ceramics and glass business news of the week

By Eileen De Guire / December 15, 2011

Here’s what we’re hearing (from press releases, news stories and blogs) Lancaster Products introduces the Model K-3.5 Hi-intensive industrial mixer Lancaster Products has added the new model K-3.5 Mixer to our K-Series of Counter Current Hi-Intensive Industrial Mixers—a line of rugged, economical mixers—to its product line. With a working volume of 6 cu. ft., or…

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Video of the week: ‘Material Marvels’: Yale prof explains materials science in about 3 minutes

By Eileen De Guire / November 9, 2011

[Image above] Ainissa Ramirez, associate professor at Yale and science popularizer, uses bathroom tiles to explain symmetry and five-fold quasicrystal symmetry. Credit: YaleUniversity, YouTube Yale associate professor Ainissa Ramirez is a metallurgist, but we gotta love her, anyhow. This year is her last in the academic world, but she will still be teaching in her…

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Ceramics and glass business news of the week

By / October 20, 2011

Screenshot from video of Gorilla Glass 2M ‘ball drop’ test: 1.18 lb ball, dropped from 1.8 meters at 13.6 mph. Credit: Corning Inc. Here’s what we are hearing (some info from news releases): Glasstech looks ahead to its next 40 years with confidence Glasstech Inc.’s first four decades have seen the company transform from a small,…

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