• A computer model of the composite point absorber’s cone/cylinder/cone geometry

    Survival of the fittest in wave energy

    Materials World magazine
    Engineers at the University of Ghent, Belgium, are working on glass fibre/polyester floating point absorbers for wave energy conversion. They are designed to stay at sea for 20 years, surviving extreme offshore weather conditions.
  • IOM3 2009 Award and Prize winners announced

    The recipients of the 2009 Institute Awards and Prizes have been decided. The premier award winners will receive their awards at a ceremony on 7 July.
  • Grants available for tradeshows

    The UK Trade & Investment has doubled the number of grants available for companies to attend tradeshows abroad.
  • Literature Review Prize Masterclass participants

    Materials Literature Review Prize masterclass

    The Masterclass for the IOM3 Materials Literature Review Prize, run by the Editorial Board of the Institute journal Material Science and Technology , was held on 23 February at the Institute’s London headquarters.
  • Natural Fibres '09 - Stakeholder Register

    The Natural Fibres '09 conference has opened a register of stakeholders working with natural fibres in the UK and Europe, in order to formulate an accurate picture of the natural fibres industry.
  • Retrofit for the Future - Project Brokering Workshops

    On 28th January 2009 the Prime Minister and Lord Drayson announced Retrofit for the Future, £10 million of funding from the Technology Strategy Board to address the challenge of housing refurbishment, as detailed in the Government's Heat and Energy Saving Strategy. A series of free brokerage events are being held in the coming months with the aim of putting consortia together to bid for these funds.
  • Designing packs with the right eco-profile

    Packaging Professional magazine
    An online comparison tool to help designers in the USA and Europe choose the most environmentally-friendly material and processing technique for their packaging is being launched by GreenBlue, a not-for-profit institute in the USA.
  • I-beam skid tube with an optimised fibre pattern

    Strengthening tailored composites

    Materials World magazine
    The mechanical properties of lightweight composites that are made using tailored fibre placement (TFP) technology could be improved using a new online design tool, say scientists in Germany. The software maps out the concentrated stress areas of the base materials
  • Heat shields for cars made from new ceramic

    Dough moulding for resilient ceramics

    Materials World magazine
    UK researchers have created low-cost ceramic compounds with improved thermal and impact properties by applying a fibre reinforcing technique used for polymer moulding composites. These ceramics, made from calcium carbonate, calcium phosphate, and an aluminium trihydroxide hardener, could have applications in automotive heat shields or composite aircraft wings.
  • International Year of Natural Fibres - Official Launch

    The official Launch of the International Year of Natural Fibres 2009, as designated by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), takes place in Rome on 22 January 2009, 10.00am (UK time). The event will be webcast and is available to watch live, or at a later time, at www.fao.org/webcast .