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Transportation

Multi-Material Manufacturing of Molded Composites

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

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Photonics/Optics

Nanocomposite Material Protects Against Intense Light

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...

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Materials

Injectable, Flexible Electrode Could Replace Rigid Nerve-Stimulating Implants

By electrically stimulating nerves, this therapy can reduce epileptic seizures and soothe chronic pain without the use of conventional drugs like opioids.

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AR/AI

Tool Calculates Materials’ Stress and Strain Based on Photos

The advance could accelerate engineers’ design process by eliminating the need to solve complex equations.

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Green Design & Manufacturing

Foldable Solar Cells

Carbon nanotubes are used to create solar cells with unprecedented flexibility and resistance.

Articles
Test & Measurement

Advancing Metrology at Mach Speed

Drone-mounted inspection tools are breaking barriers for the F-35.

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Materials

Healable Carbon Fiber Composite

The carbon fiber reinforced material can be repeatedly healed with heat.

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Materials

Tires Turned into Graphene Make Stronger Concrete

An optimized flash process could reduce carbon emissions.

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Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Calibration System for Automated Fiber Placement

The system creates accurate defect standards for in-situ inspection systems.

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Materials

Water Purification System Engineered from Wood

The eco-friendly process removes heavy metals, dyes, and other pollutants.

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Materials

Fatigue Behavior of an Advanced Melt-Infiltrated SIC/SIC Composite with Environmental Barrier Coating at 1200°C in Air and in Steam

SiC fiber-reinforced SiC matrix composites are being evaluated for aircraft engine hot-section components.

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

Novel Whisker Mitigating Composite Conformal Coat Assessment

DoD electronics have an increased failure risk due to tin whisker short circuits, unless properly mitigated by design.

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

Bio-Based Polyurethane Containing Isosorbide for Use in Composites and Coatings

Polyurethane can be easily molded or cast into a film at ambient conditions.

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Aerospace

Deployable Composite Boom

Applications include space structures, emergency shelters, backpack solar collectors, and inspection of hazardous environments.

R&D
Materials

3D Printable Polymer Nanocomposite Ink

The 3D printable nanocomposite polymeric ink uses carbon nanotubes.

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Aerospace

Developing Thermoplastic Composites for Use in Commercial Aircraft

Thermoplastic composite materials (TPC) are gaining momentum for use in commercial airplanes and other aerospace applications, including electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft.

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Test & Measurement

Macroflash Cup Cryostat

The compact instrument measures thermal conductivity of materials at below ambient temperatures.

Technical Innovation
Transportation

Altair Honors Weight-Saving Innovations

Sustainable and stylish: two words not commonly paired but that aptly apply to this year’s Altair Enlighten Award winner for Sustainable Product – Vehicle, the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E. The...

News
Materials

Weaving a New Future for Composites

The advantages of composites are rarely debated. Born mostly from aerospace research, incredibly light but strong creations such as carbon fiber have upended mass-to-strength formulas, changing the...

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Aerospace

New Composites Target EV Applications

Lightweighting solutions that are financially viable, reliable and sustainable for conventionally powered vehicles are arguably even more important for electric vehicles (EVs). Range anxiety remains...

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Materials

Fiber-Metal Laminate Manufacturing Technique

Synthesis of fiber-metal laminates is performed using RF plasma spray deposition.

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Materials

High-Pressure Soft Lithography for Microtopographical Patterning of Molded Polymers and Composites

Applications include anti-fouling and anti-contamination, aerodynamic and hydrodynamic drag reduction, and adhesive joining of composite parts.

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Automotive

Carbon Fiber/Carbon Nanotube Yarn Hybrid Reinforcement

Applications include aerospace and automotive components, prosthetics, sporting goods, and other uses where strength-to-weight ratio is important.

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Materials

Stretchable Thermoelectric Generators

The organic composite material is soft, stretchable, and has good thermoelectric properties for many wearable applications.

Application Briefs
Materials

Add-On Armor Solutions

For added armor, ALLTEC Composite Material of Brazil and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems of Israel recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

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Materials

Copolyimide Surface-Modifying Coating

The coating repels insects on aircraft wing surfaces and motor vehicles and reduces surface imperfections on other low-friction or non-stick surfaces.

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Materials

System for In-Situ Defect Detection in Composites During Cure

This system enhances processing via real-time, non-destructive defect tracking.

R&D
Packaging & Sterilization

All-in-One Device Uses Microwave Power

An innovative system may provide a new option to use directed energy for biomedical applications.