News roundupPublished on June 19th, 2012 | By: Eileen De Guire
Lots happening in our world …
Alfred University is working with TAM Ceramics of Niagara Falls and ENrG Inc. of Buffalo to develop ceramic oxide thermoelectric devices (TEG) that could lead to more fuel-efficient cars. Because these thermoelectric devices convert waste heat to usable electricity, using ceramic oxides will enable these devices to work at much higher temperatures, said Doreen Edwards, professor of materials science and dean of Inamori School of Engineering at AU. Recipient of a $200,000 New York State Energy Research and Development Authority grant to improve the TEG’s performance, TAM is developing the ceramic powder while ENrG is incorporating the materials into ceramic sheets. AU will be characterizing and sintering the powders TAM develops. Edwards will oversee the characterization, using equipment in the Center for High Temperature Characterization, which will allow researchers to measure properties of the materials at temperatures up to 1,000-degrees Celsius. Olivia Graeve, an AU engineering professor, will oversee the spark plasma sintering of the powders.
The InVentures Group, Inc. announced that it has been retained by NUENZ, Ltd., a company based in New Zealand, to provide assistance in commercializing a revolutionary new nanomaterial. NUENZ is focused on the development and commercialization of advanced silicon nitride nanofibers, a material that has significant potential in a wide range of industrial applications. Silicon nitride is generally considered to have the most desirable combination of mechanical, thermal, and electrical properties of any advanced technical ceramic material. In addition, its corrosion resistance, high fracture toughness, and wear resistance make it useful in challenging applications including heat exchangers, turbocharger rotors, nozzles, bearings, seals, valves, and others. The potential availability of a high performance reinforcement, such as silicon nitride nanofibers, is expected to have a major positive impact on the commercial development of a new generation of high performance ceramic-, metal-, and polymer matrix composite parts.
Xaar, the leader in digital ceramic printing technology, announces the Brazilian launch of a new model of the Xaar 1001 inkjet printhead family during Forn&Cer. The Xaar 1001 GS12 printhead will enable ceramic tile manufacturers to achieve even deeper and richer colors. It can also be used at double the speed of the Xaar 1001 GS6. This new printhead features Xaar’s patented TF Technolog to give unrivalled reliability with low maintenance, ensuring maximum productivity in the harshest industrial environments.
The reliability and print quality of the Xaar 1001 has revolutionized the ceramics industry. It is the printhead of choice for both ceramic tile printer manufacturers and producers of ceramic tiles.
Some 180,000 visitors are expected to attend this year’s ACHEMA from June 18th through 22nd in Frankfurt, Germany. The 4,000 exhibitors from 50 countries will also include BASF. Just as in previous years, the BASF Competence Center for Engineering & Maintenance will be represented with selected technical services at the global forum for chemical engineering and the process industry. Within an area of 118 square meters, innovations from the fields of high-pressure technology and surface technology will be showcased to visitors.
As part of the Administration’s effort to spark a renaissance in American manufacturing, the Energy Department announced it will invest more than $54 million in 13 projects to develop innovative technologies and materials for the industrial sector. This investment will help to provide American manufacturers with the cutting-edge tools, techniques and processes they need to compete successfully in the global marketplace. According to U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu, the 13 competitively selected projects demonstrate the Energy Department’s commitment to clean energy technology . “When it comes to clean energy,” he said, “[it] should be invented in America, made in America, and sold around the world.”
Entrance passes for glasstec 2012, International Trade Fair for Glass Production – Processing – Products and solarpeq, International Trade Fair for Solar Production Equipment, can now be ordered online at www.glasstec-online.com at reduced rates. The events will take place concurrently from October 23 – 26, 2012 at the fairgrounds in Düsseldorf, Germany. The online price for a 1-day ticket is Euro 28 instead of Euro 38 on show site, a 2-day ticket is available online for Euro 44 instead of Euro 55 purchased at the show and a 4-day pass costs Euro 69 online compared to Euro 80 on site. Only one entrance pass is necessary to visit both shows. Show directories cost Euro 20 onsite and online (plus shipping & handling when ordered online). New: the eTickets ordered online can be printed at home and will be converted into badges at the turnstiles on show site.
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