• SMART.mat futures ― The use of smart materials in packaging

    A 2006 report from SMART.mat, one of the nodes of the Materials Knowledge Transfer Network, reviews materials used in smart packaging and highlights the key legislative, security and brand promotional aspects and areas of benefit to consumer packaging.
  • Spread the word - Overview of SMART.mat activities for 2006

    SMART.mat Project Director David Arthur describes the Smart Materials Structures and Surfaces Network's activities, which include conducting a packaging review, in 2006.
  • In a flap: Tampering can be detected using PulseLine labels

    Toe the line - PulsLine anti-counterfeiting tamper proof label

    Stanlenco was commissioned by pharmaceutical company Rhone-Phoulenc Rorer to develop more effective tamper evident seals while at the same time maintaining product integrity. The result is the Aquasol - PulsLine label, a multi-layered construction that incorportates the overt and covert characteristics considered to be the best methods in making counterfeiting prohibitively complex and costly.
  • Boning up on selection ― Regenerative glass scaffolds for tissue replacement

    Selecting materials for en vivo use has moved away from tissue replacement implants to using materials that stimulate the body's own regenerative mechanisms. The two main strategies are in situ tissue regeneration and tissue engineering, both techniques grow cells on bone scaffolds which are directly implanted into the body.
  • Building bridges - Duplex steel alloys used in bridge construction

    The perception in civil engineering that the use of stainless steels for bridge construction is expensive is changing. In times of high alloy prices duplex steels have become more economically attractive. These newer lean alloys can provide corrosion protection over a wide range of environmental conditions typical of bridge structures.
  • The drive to recycle - Recycling drives automotive manufacturers component selection

    The need to recycle may prompt a new approach to the selection of materials used by designers and manufacturers of components in the automotive industry. Legislation such as the New End of Life Vehicles Directive, and the European New Car Assessment Programme are aimed at addressing the safe use of materials in the construction of vehicles for better road safety and identify the best materials for cars.
  • Face on - biomedical applications of superplastic forming

    In the second of two articles looking at superplastic forming in the UK, Richard Curtis reports on work being carried out at King’s College London and in Japan that has enabled the formation of complex medical and dental prostheses.
  • Extended brief - the growth of superplastic forming

    Superplastic forming is a process that has been used since the 1960s for manufacturing complex, lightweight and strong components. In the first of two articles looking at the process, Materials World reviews the commercial growth of the technique in the UK and its use in the transport sector.