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Beryllium crystal on host rock

Beryllium in nuclear fuel

A new use for Beryllium to improve the thermal conductivity of nuclear fuel pellets is being investigated by IBC Advanced Alloys in Vancouver, Canada.
Seven-point bend test set-up

Pressing ahead - thermoforming advanced composites for transport applications

Work on thermoforming advanced composites and joining such parts form the core of a project at Queen’s University Belfast, UK, that investigates sustainable materials and manufacturing techniques in transport. Dr Saul Buchanan explains.
BAE Systems Mantis UAV that employs structural energy storage composites. Image courtesy of BAE Systems plc

Storage solutions - energy-storing structural composites

Composites that can store electrical energy while also performing a structural function could offer dramatic weight savings for devices and vehicles. Dr Emile S Greenhalgh outlines the progress of research into such materials.

Flying high with carbon fibre

Although unmanned aerial vehicles save lives, their development and manufacture can be costly. Andrew Mills, Principal Research Fellow in Composites Manufacturing, from Cranfield University, UK, proposes solutions.
Dual-beam photon correlation spectroscopy system with oscillating solid sample

Seeing is believing - optical techniques for measuring nanoparticle content and dispersion in polymeric matrices

Bill Broughton and Triantafillos Koukoulas from the UK’s National Physical Laboratory in Teddington highlight optical techniques for measuring nanoparticle content and dispersion in polymeric matrices.

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