Ceramic Tech Today

Inflatable ceramic heat shield a success

By / September 3, 2009

An inflatable heat shield was successfully tested, demonstrating for the first time that light, flexible devices could be used to protect a spacecraft as it enters the atmosphere at hypersonic…

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New ammonia borane system looks promising for hydrogen storage

By / September 2, 2009

Finding a way to safely transport hydrogen is an important concern for researchers and engineers investigating ways to introduce fuel cell-powered vehicles. In June 2008, the ACerS Bulletin published an…

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Chuck those napkin drawings – sketch your designs in FEAsy

By / September 2, 2009

Karthik Ramani, a professor of mechanical engineering at Purdue University, poses the question that may intrigue anyone trying to work out a new idea: “Say I’m a design engineer working…

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Video of the week – Cal Stevenson on high temperature-resistant furnaces

By / September 2, 2009

Stevenson is the founder and CEO of Deltech Furnaces Inc., a maker of specialty furnaces that have been used for everything from analyzing moon rocks to manufacturing advanced materials for…

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Solar panel prices dropping

By / September 1, 2009

The New York Times reported last week that the price of solar panels has dropped 40 percent in a little more than a year. That’s good news for consumers who…

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Ceramic injection molding short course coming up

By / September 1, 2009

ACerS is sponsoring a two-day course on Ceramic Injection Molding Sept. 16-17. The course is being held in San Diego, Calif. The course is a good opportunity for engineers, QC…

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EU turns off incandescent bulbs

By / September 1, 2009

Traditional light bulbs are being phased out in the 27 countries of the European Union, reports the New York Times. Europe will replace the bulbs as part of its plan…

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Ceramatec’s home power storage

By / September 1, 2009

Without a way to store their power, no number of solar panels will free a home from the electrical grid. The Daily Herald reports that researchers at Utah-based Ceramatec have…

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Research underway to improve wind, solar energy storage

By / August 31, 2009

The latest effort to store clean power from wind and solar energy resources comes from California, where a leading utility is hoping to put emerging technology to work. A report…

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Solar power comes to Cairo’s slums

By / August 31, 2009

The National Geographic News has an interesting story about a project in Cairo, Egypt, that is successfully introducing solar power (albeit on a small scale) in several poor areas of…

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