Special Coverage

Soft Robot “Walks” on Any Terrain
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Using Microwaves to Produce High-Quality Graphene
Transducer-Actuator Systems for On-Machine Measurements and Automatic Part Alignment
Wide-Area Surveillance Using HD LWIR Uncooled Sensors
Heavy Lift Wing in Ground (WIG) Cargo Flying Boat
Technique Provides Security for Multi-Robot Systems
Bringing New Vision to Laser Material Processing Systems
NASA Tests Lasers’ Ability to Transmit Data from Space
Converting from Hydraulic Cylinders to Electric Actuators
Automating Optimization and Design Tasks Across Disciplines

A New Path for Lamination Adhesives: Leaping Time Barriers and Erasing Steps

Automotive manufacturers, particularly in North America, primarily use two-component waterborne, reactive hot-melt, and solvent-borne adhesives for laminating thermoplastic olefin, polyvinyl chloride and leather skins to polyethylene and polypropylene foams — for applications like interior door panels, consoles and instrument panels.

Posted in: White Papers, Automotive, Coatings & Adhesives, Materials, Automotive, Transportation

High Performance Long Fiber Reinforced Composite Materials

Long fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composites are the go to material for structural components in applications that push the envelope of what plastics can do, even replacing metals.

Posted in: On-Demand Webinars, Materials

Will Mars habitats be built from Martian soil?

This week’s Question: Today’s lead INSIDER story described a potentially new way of building Mars habitats. What do you think? Will Mars habitats be built from Martian soil?

Posted in: Question of the Week, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Materials

Building Better Bonds

Until recently, there was little up-to-date research about adhesives that could be used with Eastman Tritan™ copolyester. By collaborating with Henkel Corporation, whose LOCTITE® adhesive continues to be tested at the industry’s most comprehensive ISO 10993 biocompatibility standards, Eastman was able to determine which combination of resins and adhesives could help optimize a manufacturer’s assembly process. Results proved that Tritan, together with LOCTITE® adhesives, provides improved process efficiency for a wide range of medical devices.

Posted in: White Papers, White Papers, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Coatings & Adhesives, Medical

Engineering Plastics Development for New Market Demands

In Conjunction with SAE

This 30-minute Webinar on engineering plastics examines new measurable sustainable solutions, including polyamide-based products, that are meeting customer and market demands. The program focuses on automotive design and the implementation of value-added solutions for weight and cost savings relative to metal replacement, high temperature and chemically resistant nylon applications.

Posted in: On-Demand Webinars, Materials, Plastics

A New Material for Mars Habitats? Mars Itself

Researchers from the University of California, San Diego demonstrated a compaction technique that may someday be used to turn Mars soil into building blocks for the Red Planet. The scientists' new method of applying pressure offers construction possibilities as NASA plans manned Mars missions in the upcoming decades.

Posted in: News, Rapid Prototyping & Tooling, Materials

Enhanced Tailpipe, Material Emission, and Leak Analysis with SIFT-MS

In Conjunction with SAE

Regulators and consumers demand increasingly lower levels of gaseous emissions from diverse automotive and aerospace sources, such as combustion exhaust, component emissions, and leakage. Emission compositions vary widely between sources but frequently consist of both volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and inorganic gases.

Posted in: On-Demand Webinars, Automotive, Materials

The Lubricant Test Drive: How Lube Selection Can Improve Auto Performance in Extreme Underhood and Interior Applications

Faced with harsher environments and a wide range of automotive lubrication options, finding a lasting lubricant solution has become increasingly difficult. But solutions do exist.

Posted in: White Papers, Automotive, Materials

Driving Auto Performance Through Lubricant Selection: How Lubricants Can Reduce Component Failures and Extend Vehicle Life

Lubricant selection may be the answer. As automotive environments become increasingly extreme, finding a lubricant that can withstand the rising temperatures and harsh conditions over an extended period is critical to optimal vehicle performance.

Posted in: White Papers, Automotive, Materials

Highly Porous and Mechanically Strong Ceramic Oxide Aerogels

These materials provide improved environmental durability and elasticity for aerospace and terrestrial applications.

NASA's Glenn Research Center (GRC) has developed and produced ultra-lightweight polymer cross-linked aerogels (X-Aerogels). These mechanically robust, highly porous, low-density materials are three times denser than native aerogels, but more than 100 times stronger. Aerogels are ultra-lightweight glass foams with extremely small pores (on the order of 10 to 50 nanometers). These materials are extremely good thermal insulators, with R values ranging from 2 to 10 times higher than polymer foams. Unlike multilayer insulation, aerogels do not require a high vacuum to maintain their low thermal conductivity, and can function as good thermal insulators at ambient pressure. In addition, they are good electrical insulators and have low refractive indices, both approaching values close to air. Aerogels are also excellent vibration-damping materials. Traditional aerogels, however, suffer fragility and poor environmental durability.

Posted in: Briefs, Materials, Ceramics, Conductivity, Foams, Lightweight materials, Materials properties, Polymers

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