Overview of programme for Materials Congress 2008

An 'at a glance' programme for Materials Congress 2008, to be held on 13-15 May 2008 in Grantham, can be downloaded for a quick and easy overview of all the sessions taking place.
Samuel Lester (left) accepts his award from SWWPG chairman Barry Statham

South Wales and Western Polymer Group Student Award 2008

The annual student lecture award, sponsored by the South Wales and Western Polymer Group, was held at the School of Engineering, University of Wales Swansea in March.

IOM3 Technician of the Year and Competitive Prize winners

The two winners of the IOM3 Technician of the Year prizes, and the graduates who have received Competitive Prizes for 2007 have been named.
Automotive seat base made from die cast aluminium. Image courtesy of Bühler Group AG, Switzerland

Novel heat treatment solution for die cast aluminium

The automotive industry could benefit from a novel heat treatment process for high-pressure die cast (HPDC) aluminium components which enables doubled mechanical strength and higher fatigue resistance. Scientists at the Light Metals Flagship of Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) believe the resulting cost effective and resource efficient HPDC components could replace sand-cast and permanent mould cast aluminium alloys and wrought products in certain applications.

Clay aggregates for road asphalt

Aggregates for asphalt made from synthetic calcinated clay have been developed by researchers at the Amazon Federal University in Manhaus, Brazil. This could be used to pave areas of the Amazon that are poorly supplied with suitable rocks but richly covered with clay.