Materials & Coatings

Composites

Explore the latest developments, technical briefs, and a wide range of white papers on the composites used in military, aviation, medical devices, and automotive applications.

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Special Reports: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Aerospace Manufacturing - August 2021

Demanding applications in the aerospace industry require products and systems that are manufactured using the latest technologies – from design and simulation, to fabrication and final testing. To help...

Briefs: Materials
This system enhances processing via real-time, non-destructive defect tracking.
INSIDER: Materials

Researchers from the University of Houston have demonstrated “giant flexoelectricity” in soft elastomers that could improve robot movement range and make self-powered pacemakers a real...

Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing

Due to the chemical stability and durability of industrial polymers, plastic waste does not easily degrade in landfills and is often burned, which produces carbon dioxide and other hazardous gases. In...

Articles: Wearables
Conductive cellulose, composites testing, and a light-emitting tattoo.
Briefs: Energy
This method increases burn rate of solid propellants.
Articles: Energy
A disruptive manufacturing technology now offers reduced manufacturing costs and improved volumetric energy density in all-solid cells.
Special Reports: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Advanced Materials & Coatings - May 2021

New diamond super-material enhances military aircraft survivability…a gold film gives robots “chameleon skin”…shape-shifting nanomaterial offers exciting biotech...

Articles: Automotive
NASA's graphene composites, textile pressure sensors, and a better kind of glass.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
This composite can be used in lithium metal batteries.
Briefs: Energy
The material can be recycled, making renewable energy more sustainable while lowering costs in the process.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
A chemical process converts polyethylene plastic into a strong, valuable adhesive.
Briefs: Materials
The polyimide composites have uses in aerospace, automotive, construction, electronics, mechanical systems, and industrial machinery.
Briefs: Wearables
The stretchable sensor has applications in environmental monitoring and healthcare.
Articles: Materials
Next-generation solar panels, 3D-printed composites from NASA, and a new way to sterilize medical devices.
News: Materials

Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have used new techniques to create a composite that increases the electrical current capacity of copper wires, providing a...

INSIDER: Energy

Researchers at Empa and ETH Zurich succeeded in developing a material that works like a luminescent solar concentrator and can even be applied to textiles. This opens up numerous possibilities...

Briefs: Energy
The material can be scaled for use in ultra-efficient, power-dense, electric vehicle traction motors.
Briefs: Aerospace
The flexible composites can be used as thermal insulation for environments of up to 1200 °C.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Tiny aircraft that weigh as much as a fruit fly could serve as Martian atmospheric probes.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Aerogels based on cellulose nanofibers can effectively shield electromagnetic radiation over a wide frequency range.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Using ceramic material and graphene, the toughness of solid-state lithium-ion batteries can be doubled.
Briefs: Nanotechnology
This highly porous sponge absorbs more than 30 times its weight in oil and can be reused up to several dozen times.
Briefs: Materials
Polymer Composite for Radiation Shielding
The polymer composite could replace conventional radiation shielding materials such as lead.
INSIDER: Energy

A new way of making large sheets of high-quality, atomically thin graphene could lead to ultra-lightweight, flexible solar cells, and to new classes of...

Question of the Week: Materials
Will Morphing Wings Take Off?

Our lead INSIDER story today showcased a morphing MADCAT aircraft wing.

“From a first glance, it literally doesn’t look like anything that anyone’s ever seen before,” said MIT researcher Ben Jennet in our Here's an Idea episode.

How about you? Will Morphing Wings Take Off?

Podcasts: Materials
Ben Jennet is a PhD student at MIT and a former space research fellow at NASA. He is working with NASA to develop a new kind of aircraft wing that's flexible and changes mid-flight.
Briefs: Materials
These composites could improve how unmanned vehicles dissipate energy.
Articles: Materials
Tech Briefs posed questions to 3D printing/AM industry execs, to get their views on issues like metal printing, new materials, and environmental sustainability.

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