A process for imparting wear, abrasion and chemical resistance to titanium components has been developed, say researchers at Hardide Coatings, based in Bicester, UK. The Hardide-T coating, made from nanostructured tungsten carbide, is
applied using low temperature chemical vapour deposition (CVD).
The views of industry, researchers and the wider materials community are being sought to standardise nanotechnologies. The UK was the first country to set up a national committee for this purpose, which is vital to support
commercialisation and market development as well as ensure consumer acceptance.
Diamond explorers might have a new tool at their disposal as research in Australia is underway into a thermochronology technique for detecting indicator mineral zircon. The team believes its approach could improve upon traditional methods that involve searching for kimberlite indicator
minerals (KIMs) such as garnet and diopside.
A representative body for the aggregates, asphalt, cement, concrete, lime, mortar and silica sand industries has been established. The Mineral Products Association (MPA aims to provide a single effective voice for 222 members, who are the
single largest supplier of materials to the UK construction sector,
which has been hit severely by the recession.
Scientists in the USA are exploring pore-free and fully-dense neodymium-doped yttrium aluminium garnet (Nd:YAG) advanced ceramics. They believe these optically transparent materials could eventually replace YAG crystals in lasers for improved quality.