Keyword: Composite materials

Briefs: Materials

Researchers combined additive manufacturing with conventional compression molding to produce high-performance thermoplastic composites reinforced with short carbon fibers. The approach...

Briefs: Nanotechnology

Optical limiting — a manner of telecom switching without the use of electronics — is an all-optical method that could improve the speed and capacity of Internet communications. A...

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
By electrically stimulating nerves, this therapy can reduce epileptic seizures and soothe chronic pain without the use of conventional drugs like opioids.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
The advance could accelerate engineers’ design process by eliminating the need to solve complex equations.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
Carbon nanotubes are used to create solar cells with unprecedented flexibility and resistance.
Briefs: Materials
The carbon fiber reinforced material can be repeatedly healed with heat.
Briefs: Materials
An optimized flash process could reduce carbon emissions.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The system creates accurate defect standards for in-situ inspection systems.
Briefs: Materials
The eco-friendly process removes heavy metals, dyes, and other pollutants.
Briefs: Aerospace
Applications include space structures, emergency shelters, backpack solar collectors, and inspection of hazardous environments.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
The compact instrument measures thermal conductivity of materials at below ambient temperatures.
Briefs: Materials
Synthesis of fiber-metal laminates is performed using RF plasma spray deposition.
Briefs: Materials
Applications include anti-fouling and anti-contamination, aerodynamic and hydrodynamic drag reduction, and adhesive joining of composite parts.
Briefs: Automotive
Applications include aerospace and automotive components, prosthetics, sporting goods, and other uses where strength-to-weight ratio is important.
Briefs: Energy
The organic composite material is soft, stretchable, and has good thermoelectric properties for many wearable applications.
Briefs: Aerospace
The coating repels insects on aircraft wing surfaces and motor vehicles and reduces surface imperfections on other low-friction or non-stick surfaces.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
This system enhances processing via real-time, non-destructive defect tracking.
Articles: Wearables
Conductive cellulose, composites testing, and a light-emitting tattoo.
Briefs: Materials
This method increases burn rate of solid propellants.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The invention can become color-changing “artificial muscle.”
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The technique could have applications in diagnosing and monitoring the lungs of patients with COVID-19.
Briefs: Nanotechnology
This method obtains high-color-purity 3D objects using a new class of nanoparticles.
Application Briefs: Software
“The disruption promised by Industry 4.0 has already begun,” says Jason Melcher from the aerospace manufacturing company Ingersoll.
Briefs: Software
This tool provides faster and more detailed composite damage simulation results.
Briefs: Materials
This integrated nanosensor is printed on a daughter board using 3D printing techniques.
Briefs: Aerospace
The polyimide composites have uses in aerospace, automotive, construction, electronics, mechanical systems, and industrial machinery.
Briefs: Materials
The technology welds adjacent 3D-printed layers more effectively, thereby increasing the reliability of the final part.
Q&A: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Brian Salazar and his UC Berkeley team have developed a new way to reinforce concrete with a polymer lattice, an advance that could rival other polymer-based enhancements and improve...