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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By April Gocha / June 15, 2016

Nanoparticles dance, concentrating solar power, four new elements named, and other materials stories that may be of interest for June 15, 2016.

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Ceramics and glass business news of the week

By April Gocha / June 26, 2015

NexTech scores NASA contract, Sacmi and Sasil transform glass waste into raw materials, and more ceramics and glass business news of the week for June 26, 2015.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By April Gocha / April 22, 2015

Californium’s new trick, liquid crystal bubbles in space, poison dart frogs inspire plane deicers, and other materials stories that may be of interest for April 22, 2015.

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Audi to lightweight its vehicles with glass fiber-reinforced suspension springs

By April Gocha / July 9, 2014

Audi recently announced its own lightweighting strategy to put some of its models on a diet that will trim almost 10 pounds, from a perhaps unlikely source.

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Optical fibers and optimal sails

By / August 7, 2012

To measure the forces acting on the sail, researchers have fitted it with a web of glass fibers. Credit: Fraunhofer HHI. As mentioned in the previous post about Corning’s production of optical fibers, the fibers are most often associated with telecommunications applications. But, these glass fibers are robust optical tools, whose use is limited only…

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Previews from the International Journal of Applied Glass Science

By Eileen De Guire / June 11, 2012

Forming or fiberizing is achieved by pulling fibers through tiny orifices in a precious metal bushing. Laboratory bushings can have as few as one hole, whereas high-throughput production bushings typically have 1000 or greater. The image shows a glass fiber bushing (left) and close-up image of bushing tips (right). From Glass Fiber-Reinforced Composites: From Formulation to…

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Glass fiber drawing technology to process carbon nanotubes

By / April 28, 2010

According to an ORNL press release, by adapting conventional glass fiber drawing technology to process carbon nanotubes into multichannel assemblies, researchers believe they have the potential to mimic the human nervous system. “Our goal is to use our discovery to mimic nature’s design using artificial sensors to effectively restore a person’s ability to sense objects…

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Maine’s manicotti bridge

By / October 13, 2009

The New York Times has a report on a candidate for the ‘bridge of the future” title: the Neal Bridge in Pittsfield, Maine, that has a foundation of 23 hollow carbon- and glass-fiber fabric arches, filled with concrete. These are 12-inch-diameter tubes that have been inflated, bent to the proper shape and stiffened with a…

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