Ceramic Tech Today

The potential of pultrusion to produce shape memory polymer composites

By Lisa McDonald / October 15, 2021

The highly automated and continuous pultrusion process offers several benefits over traditional manufacturing processes. Researchers led by Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology explored the potential of pultrusion to produce shape memory polymer composites.

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Video: Celebrating Hispanic scientists during National Hispanic Heritage Month

By Lisa McDonald / October 13, 2021

In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, which ends this Friday October 15, we take a look at a few Hispanic scientists whose research has made a big impact on today’s world.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Lisa McDonald / October 13, 2021

Solar parks can cool surrounding land, smuggling light through opaque materials, and other materials stories that may be of interest for October 13, 2021.

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Melting the unmeltable—new method extends the range of meltable MOF materials

By Lisa McDonald / October 12, 2021

Fabricating metal-organic frameworks in a glassy phase is a successful way to synthesize these materials for bulk production. However, some MOFs decompose before reaching the melting temperature and so cannot be turned into a glass. Researchers in Germany and the U.K. found a way to melt these unmeltable MOFs by adding ionic liquid to the compound.

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Accounting for nonlinearity—constitutive relations improve modeling of fiber-reinforced polymer composites

By Lisa McDonald / October 8, 2021

Modeling the mechanical behavior of fiber-reinforced polymer composites is difficult because of their nonlinear response to external stimuli. Constitutive relations offer one way to account for the nonlinearity, and a team of researchers in Russia used this approach to model polymer composites designed as shut-off valves for pressure vessel service equipment.

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Video: Winged microchips may form the basis of future environmental monitoring systems

By Lisa McDonald / October 6, 2021

Most monitoring technologies involve bulk instrumentation to collect data locally at a small number of locations. An international team of researchers developed tiny winged microchips that could be deployed in bulk for environmental monitoring of a large area.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Lisa McDonald / October 6, 2021

Breakup of a single chemical bond, lass ‘sand’ to prevent coastal erosion, a new way to control magnets, and other materials stories that may be of interest for October 6, 2021.

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Amorphous calcium carbonate opens door to low-temperature 3D printing of ceramic materials

By Lisa McDonald / October 5, 2021

It can be difficult to incorporate organic additives into 3D-printed ceramic materials because the parts require high-temperature heat treatment to reach final density. Researchers in Israel developed a new low-temperature 3D printing process using amorphous calcium carbonate.

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Disorders of protection—high-entropy oxides for environmental barrier coatings

By Jonathon Foreman / October 1, 2021

Many researchers are working to uncover alternatives to yttria stabilized zirconia for use as environmental barrier coatings. High-entropy oxides are among the classes of materials being explored, and two papers in Journal of the American Ceramic Society explore different high-entropy oxide systems.

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Video: European Commission proposes single standard charger for many electronic devices

By Lisa McDonald / September 29, 2021

Ever since some major phone producers pledged to harmonize chargers for data-enabled mobile phones in 2009, most chargers are now based on USB ports and connectors. Now, the European Commission is proposing legislation that would require USB Type C be the standard port for all smartphones and many other electronic devices.

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