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Russian Energy Deal Comes at Contentious Time

LONDON — Even in more normal times in the oil industry, Westerners doing business with Russians seldom have a smooth ride. But in a period of ultralow prices and Western sanctions against Moscow, this is a particularly contentious moment to be in an energy deal with a Russian oligarch. Just ask John Browne, the former chief of the British oil giant BP. On Monday, he became executive chairman ...

U.S. Fracking Boom Won’t Bring Manufacturing Home: Analysts

While cheap natural gas and oil is drawing petrochemical companies back to the United States, companies that produce consumer goods are unlikely to follow because of high labor costs, a partner with the strategy and management consulting firm AT Kearney said in Chicago Wednesday. “The thought of actually shutting down capital investments in other parts of the world completely and bringing ...

Composite plane life cycle assessment shows lighter planes are the future

A global fleet of composite planes could reduce carbon emissions by up to 15 per cent, but the lighter planes alone will not enable the aviation industry to meet its emissions targets, according to new research. The study, by the Universities of Sheffield, Cambridge and University College London, is the first to carry out a comprehensive life cycle assessment (LCA) of a composite plane, ...

Bombardier Completes First Flight Of 135-160-Seat CS300

In a sign of the increasing maturity of Bombardier’s CSeries airliner, the first test aircraft for the stretched, 135-seat CS300 variant flew for about 5 hours on its first flight from Mirabel, near Montreal, on Feb. 27. Flight test vehicle (FTV) 7 is the fifth CSeries to fly. Four test aircraft for the initial 110-seat CS100 version have logged more than 1,000 hours since the CSeries ...

Entire Aircraft Engine Built With 3D Printer at Australia’s Monash University

The 3D printed engine is a replica of a gas turbine engine, an auxiliary power unit used in aircraft such as the Falcon 20 private jet. Its producer, French aerospace company Microturbo (Safran) says it was chosen because they were willing for the internal workings to be displayed. Two jet engines have been printed. One is on display this week at the International Air Show in Avalon, while the ...

The Internet of Things and how it will change the way we handle manufacturing and logistics

What is an Example of Internet of Things? IBM’s Smarter Planet team created a 5-minute video that wholly explains Internet of Things and provides a brilliant example. Watch the video for more details.

Two Component Flame Retardant Epoxy Developed for Aerospace Industry

Developed primarily for specialty aviation applications, Master Bond EP90FR-V is a two part epoxy system that passes the vertical burn test portion of the FAR standard 14 CFR 25.853(a) for flame retardancy. This enables it to be used in aviation applications including interior panels, door frame lining and floor/door assemblies. EP90FR-V has a convenient one to one mix ratio by weight and ...

New Steel Alloy Stronger Than Titanium

Big news from the metallurgy desk this week: It looks like steel is about to get a lot steelier. According to a report published today in the prestigious journal Nature, researchers in South Korea have developed a new recipe for making a high-strength, low-density steel alloy that can outperform titanium in terms of strength and ductility. In materials science, ductility is a measure of a ...

Interview with Mike Hawes Lockheed Martin vice president and Orion program manager, and Chair of AIA’s Space Council

ExecutiveReport A Quarterly Digest from the Aerospace Industries Association 4th Quarter 2014 Orion Hits the Target MTessage Time to End the Gridlock throughout AIA’s Second to None Campaign, we’ve pointed out the folly of locking our nation’s security and R&D policy in a fiscal vise for a decade, regardless of the circumstances we face. When the ...