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The Perfect Battery: Liquid Metals Opens New Doors

Manufacturers continue to struggle with rising energy costs and are searching for a solution. Renewables seem as though they’re an obvious choice when it comes to cutting energy costs, however reliability can still be an issue. When it comes to solar, manufacturers cannot rely on their panels to generate energy on cloudy days and when the wind doesn't blow, wind turbines don’t produce. ...

Composite Metal Foams: The Applications Continue To Expand

Material scientists continue to develop and experiment with composite metal foams (CMFs) and the results are promising. These materials have unique properties, making them extremely heat and impact resistant. Researchers at North Carolina State University (NCSU) developed CMFs with applications for ballistic armors as well as train, car, bus and helicopter crashworthiness systems. But the ...

MIT Breakthrough In Aluminum Manufacturing

MIT researchers have just made a monumental breakthrough in the Industrial processing of aluminum. Industrial aluminum slabs are commonly produced by combining small amounts of copper or manganese in a reservoir of molten aluminum. Once the materials are combined, the resulting mixture is cooled in a process known as direct-chill casting. This is where an issue that can cost the manufacturer the ...

Metallic Glass Breakthrough Opens New Doors For Advanced Robotics

Modern robotic systems have a limit to their precision and mobility which stems from their gears. If a gear fails it can be the difference between a working robot and a hunk of metal with some fancy computers inside. NASA is taking on the challenge of creating a new class of gears that can help their rovers push on through the harsh conditions found on other planetary bodies and it has peaked the ...

7 Metals Compatible With Additive Manufacturing

With the increasing use of additive manufacturing across the industry, many business owners are still unaware of the potential this new technology can offer. 3D printing opens a ton of new options and has been evolving to use metals that previously took a lot of time and energy to produce and shape. Knowing what materials these printers can use is the first step to utilize this technology to ...

Tata Steel: UK at Risk For Layoffs as Company Makes Internal Changes

Tata Steel has been all over the news recently due to various changes occurring inside and outside of the company. Controversy erupted last month when it was discovered that there were reports of disagreements happening within the company which led to the replacement of Cyrus Mistry as chairman. Many questions followed his forced resignation with a scathing 5 page e-mail that detailed his ...

Putting An End To Shear Band: New Research Finds A Solution

An international team of researchers from across the globe have been hard at work to figure out how to control the “shear band” defect that occurs in metals during the manufacturing process. Their hard work has led to the discovery of how exactly to control this problem that is faced by many manufacturers today. Many manufacturers have experienced the inconvenience of shear banding, an issue ...