• Sourcing the stresses in composites

    Materials World magazine
    Researchers at the University of Southampton, UK, are working to create a more coherent calibration strategy for thermoelastic stress analysis (TSA) to better characterise and engineer complex composite components. The aim is to eventually create non-contact inspection tools and systems, enabling industry to obtain real-time measurements.
  • Nominations invited for Institute’s 2010 medals and prizes

    The Institute’s 2010 medals and prizes are accepting nominations until 18 December.
  • Adhesion Society Inc: 2010 Conference and Short Course

    The Society for Adhesion & Adhesives
    Details on the 33 rd Annual General Meeting and Conference of the Adhesion Society Inc. are now available. As is the programme of the short course on adhesion and adhesives which is run in conjunction with the conference. The venue is Hilton Dayton Oceanfront Resort in Daytona Beach Florida and the short course and conference run from 19-24 February 2010.
  • Nanotechnologies: influence and inform the UK strategy

    Nano Committee
    The Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) is inviting views to assist t he Government in developing a strategy for nanotechnologies.
  • Deadline approaching for CEnv fast track

    Members have until the end of August to take advantage of the fast track accreditation for Chartered Environmentalist status.
  • A Nitinol shape memory alloy-containing fabric to improve the impact absorption capabilities of helmets. Agv SpA, a supplier of motorcycle helmets based in Rivalta Scrivia, Italy, partnered in the project

    Shape memory alloys debut in textiles

    Materials World magazine
    Shape memory alloys (SMAs) have been incorporated into textiles for the first time, say researchers participating in a pan-European project called Avalon. They have developed prototypes using nickel-titanium (Nitinol) wire – including a motorcycle helmet, a stent graft for treating vascular diseases and an orthopaedic support bandage.
  • 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.