Ultraporcrete developed at the Technische Universitaet Dortmund, Germany

Going strong with foam concrete

Air hardened, mineral-bound foam concretes that can be produced cost effectively for load-bearing structures, are now available, say researchers at the Technische Universitaet Dortmund, Germany. Ultraporcrete is said to combine the strength, low density and good heat insulation of cellular and foam concrete, without the need for energy intensive autoclave manufacturing.
A schematic of the laser set-up

Diamond takes the heat in lasers

A low-birefringence synthetic chemical vapour deposition (CVD) diamond could pave the way to more robust and compact lasers that operate at a wider wavelength range with high beam quality.

Jumping ahead at BAE

Show jumper by night and materials engineer by day, Danielle Burrows straddles both areas comfortably. The engineer at BAE Systems’ site in Blackburn, UK, chats to Rupal Mehta about how her unflappable attitude towards new challenges and pressures has helped her settle into her job with no previous materials background.
Steel furnace

Slag solutions in steel

Introducing glazing materials after secondary metallurgy could reduce the environmental impact of ladle furnace (LF) slag, a by-product of steelmaking. The technique is designed to make the slag easier to handle while reducing powder dispersion.

Micromechanical modelling of glass bundles in elastomers

A UK team is developing a micromechanical statistical model to help predict the mechanical durability of glass multifilament bundles used to reinforce elastomers.