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A Reversed, Tilted Future For Pratt’s Geared Turbofan?

As designers of future airliners look increasingly beyond traditional tube-and-wing configurations to meet the high efficiency goals of the 2030s and beyond, new territory is being carved out in the critical area of airframe-engine integration. Unusual features ranging from recessed inlets to pylon-mounted upper-surface engines have become familiar sights in wind tunnels, but even seasoned ...

Aluminum Battery Charges in 1 Minute

Lithium-ion batteries have been a boon for the modern world -- they've replaced the heavier, single-use alkaline type in everything from wristwatches to jumbo jets. Unfortunately, these rechargeable cells are already struggling to keep up with our ever-increasing energy needs. But a new type of aluminum-ion battery developed at Stanford University is not only less explode-y than lithium, but ...

The West Coast Port Crisis and Harsh weather have left its Mark on the Economy – March 2015 New Job Growth is Down

The economy has continued showing signs of economic slowdown with just 126,000 jobs being added this month. This indicates that the labor market is being drawn down by the weak macro-economic performance this year. The labor force has diminished greatly as the unemployment rate continued to stand at an unsatisfactory 5.5 percent. The US job market had been showing the fastest sustained ...

USA Aerospace Manufacturing

The aerospace industry is shifting more manufacturing investment to the United States after a decade in which production jobs in the sector flowed to China and other emerging economies, according to a new study. Consultancy ICF International analyzed more than 2,000 investment transactions made since 2000, and found 28 manufacturing investments in the United States from 2012 to 2013, ...

New Developments in the Re-authorization​ of the Export-Import Bank

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) added his name to the rundown of co-patrons of the Export-Import Bank Reform and Reauthorization Act of 2015 on Friday. The bipartisan bill was presented prior to a week ago by Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Heidi Heitkamp (ND). The bill, which expects to expand loaning to small organizations, create and save U.S. occupations, and lower citizen hazard in loaning by taking ...

Graphene: 21st Century Material

  Graphene: The Material of the 21st Century Graphene is amazing. Or at least, it could be. Made from a layer of carbon one-atom thick, it's the strongest material in the world, it's completely flexible, and it's more conductive than copper. Discovered just under a decade ago, the supermaterial potentially has some unbelievable applications for us in the not so distant future. ...

6 Things That Will Affect The Future of Manufacturing

As 2015 has rolled in, now is the ideal time to look ahead at developing patterns that will affect 21st century assembling around the globe. The whole store network environment — including producers, wholesalers and retailers — is experiencing a business change. This is because of changing motion including moving customer desires, time to market and extraordinary worldwide rivalry that is ...

20,000 3D Printed Parts Are Currently Used on Boeing Aircraft as Patent Filing Reveals Further Plans

Two quick ways to gauge the growth of additive manufacturing within our society are to look at the number of related patent filings, as well as the number of fortune 500 companies who are putting the technology to use. The number of patent applications related to 3D printing has soared over the past decade by over 800%, while the number of granted patents has also risen substantially. At the same ...

Watching alloys change from liquid to solid could lead to better metals

If you put a camera in the ice machine and watched water turn into ice, the process would look simple. But the mechanism behind liquids turning to solids is actually quite complex, and understanding it better could improve design and production of metals. A recent investigation aboard the International Space Station contributed to that understanding. A series of experiments conducted in the ...

New Titanium-Making Process Could Result in Lighter Aircraft

Titanium is often used where low weight and high strength are required and money is no object—because it's extremely costly to produce. Now, a new manufacturing technique could reduce the expense, and make the material as useful for cars as it is for fighter jets. Titanium is usually made using the Kroll process. It takes refined rutile or ilmenite from the original metal ore, then puts its ...