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The April 2019 issue of ACerS Bulletin is now available online.

In this month’s issue, four feature articles take a look at how ceramics—particularly ceramic matrix composites (CMCs)—will aid in the development of next-generation aircraft. The cover story, written by General Electric consulting engineer Jim Steibel, looks at GE’s development of CMC material and process technologies and manufacturing scale-up. Also on CMCs, authors Zhongkan Ren and Gurpreet Singh discuss manufacturing nonoxide polymer-derived CMCs for “super” turbines, and authors Kang N. Lee and Mark van Roode describe how environmental barrier coatings enhance performance of SiC/SiC CMCs. In the fourth article, NASA Glenn deputy director of research and engineering Ajay Misra talks about advanced materials contributing to the evolution of electrified aircraft.

In addition to industry, many grad students are also pursuing research on ceramics for aircraft. In this month’s ‘Deciphering the Discipline’ column, University of Virginia Ph.D. candidate Lavina Backman describes her research on ultra-high temperature oxidation of high entropy ultra-high temperature ceramics (UHTCs).

Also in the April issue, you will learn a few basic aircraft statistics from an ‘All about aircraft’ infographic created by ACerS science writer Lisa McDonald just for this issue. Additionally, you’ll want to check out the latest news for International Congress on Glass 2019, Global Forum on Advanced Materials for Sustainable Development (GFMAT)–2/International Conference on Innovations in Biomaterials, Biomanufcturing, and Biotechnologies–4, and Energy Harvesting Society meeting 2019—three important meetings coming this spring and summer, respectively, in June, July, and September.

Finally, take a look at what to expect in Cleveland this year at Ceramics Expo 2019. Featuring a new two-day format, Ceramics Expo 2019 is expected to showcase more than 300 organizations on the exhibit floor, 45+ expert speakers at two parallel conference sessions, and more than 3,000 visitors.

You’ll find a lot more interesting content inside this—and every issue—of the ACerS Bulletin. The current issue is free to all for a short time, but remember that all the valuable content in over ninety years of past issues of the ACerS Bulletin is free only to members—so considering joining us today!