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: Materials
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: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Products of Tomorrow: April 2021
NASA's graphene composites, textile pressure sensors, and a better kind of glass.
This composite can be used in lithium metal batteries.
The material can be recycled, making renewable energy more sustainable while lowering costs in the process.
A chemical process converts polyethylene plastic into a strong, valuable adhesive.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
3D-Printed Composites for High-Temperature Uses
The polyimide composites have uses in aerospace, automotive, construction, electronics, mechanical systems, and industrial machinery.
The stretchable sensor has applications in environmental monitoring and healthcare.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Products of Tomorrow: February 2021
Next-generation solar panels, 3D-printed composites from NASA, and a new way to sterilize medical devices.

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...

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...

The material can be scaled for use in ultra-efficient, power-dense, electric vehicle traction motors.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Aerogel-Reinforced Composites
The flexible composites can be used as thermal insulation for environments of up to 1200 °C.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Nanocardboard Aircraft with No Moving Parts
Tiny aircraft that weigh as much as a fruit fly could serve as Martian atmospheric probes.
Aerogels based on cellulose nanofibers can effectively shield electromagnetic radiation over a wide frequency range.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Tough, Solid Electrolyte Battery Component
Using ceramic material and graphene, the toughness of solid-state lithium-ion batteries can be doubled.
This highly porous sponge absorbs more than 30 times its weight in oil and can be reused up to several dozen times.
Briefs: Aerospace
Polymer Composite for Radiation Shielding
The polymer composite could replace conventional radiation shielding materials such as lead.

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?

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.
These composites could improve how unmanned vehicles dissipate energy.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Executive Roundtable: 3D Printing
Tech Briefs posed questions to 3D printing/AM industry execs, to get their views on issues like metal printing, new materials, and environmental sustainability.
Articles: Materials
Products of Tomorrow: May 2020
A cryptographic ID tag, a high-reliability NASA switch, and a stretchable thermoelectric generator...
Technology Leaders: Photonics/Optics
The Configurable Laser — A Universal Manufacturing Tool
Laser technology will remain at the forefront of tomorrow’s digital manufacturing processes.
The adhesive that binds wet surfaces within seconds could be used to heal wounds or implant medical devices.
These materials can be used in soft robotics, self-healing electronics, and medical devices.
These carbon-based fillers can be used in thermally conductive clothing such as liquid-cooled garments.
Briefs: Aerospace
Layered Composite Insulation
This cost-saving piping insulation has uses in refrigerated containers that protect food, medicine, and other perishables.
These materials can be used in aerospace vehicles, automobiles, clothing, helmets, and chemical sensors.

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