The Shinkansen, or bullet train as it is affectionately known, redefined rail transport. Making its debut in the 1960s, it presaged a new era of high-speed travel, transforming not just its host country Japan, but also the wider region and the world. Gary Peters reports.
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Sami Kelin, Product Manager at Glaston, Finland, explains some common mistakes made in the tempering of glass.
Gary Peters speaks to Brian Stockbridge, Non-Exec Chairman at NQ Minerals, about his varied career and transition into the mining sector, as well as the company’s plans for the Hellyer Gold project.
Michael Schwartz examines how and why Nicaragua has become a mining success story.
Parkesine is just one of the many inventions associated with Alexander Parkes (1813–1890), but he was a metallurgist first and foremost. Ledetta Asfa-Wossen looks back at the legacy of a polymath.
Architect Peter Wilson takes a closer look at the natural approach to carbon capture and storage in the UK, and argues that the importance of trees should not be forgotten.
Anna Ploszajski examines the current use of hydrogen in the transport sector and its growth potential.
Gary Peters speaks to Ryan Montpellier from the Mining Industry Human Resources Council about the labour market outlook for the Canadian mining industry.
The UK’s Nuclear Decommissioning Authority is testing new ways of treating the large quantities of radioactive waste produced by its sites. Matt Buckley, Deborah Ward and Rick Short explain the possibilities of thermal treatment.
As the recycling rate continues to rise, Alexis Van Maercke considers the role steel for packaging can play in the transition towards a more circular economy in Europe.
There are many activities involved in low carbon materials, underpinned by an urgency to change human activities to prevent climate change. Alastair Marsh explains why philosophy will be a useful part of the discussion.
There are only a few pillars left of what was South London’s Crystal Palace – a glass building that burned down in 1936. Anna Ploszajski writes.
Kathryn Allen speaks to Kirsten Bodley, Chief Executive Officer of the Women’s Engineering Society, about her career to date and good management practice.
Ian Bowbrick* offers an insight into assessment centres and the leadership skills assessors are looking for in engineers.
David Cartwright* says developing personal skills is mandatory when wanting to step into leadership positions in engineering.
Christine Blackmore and Dr Wolfgang Reimer analyse the importance of a secure supply chain in the mining and mineral processing industry.
When examining China’s economic growth, it is clear to see that mining has punched above its weight. Michael Schwartz reviews recent developments in the sector.
Sitting on our global landscape are many thousands of legacy mine waste sites, which could be sources of critical metals, as Dr Anita Parbhakar-Fox explains.
Kathryn Allen takes a look at the iconic ceramic tiles and signage used on the London Underground.
Keith Rogers and Paul Evans discuss the technologies being used to keep people safe at airports.
What are the dangers associated with smart grids? Gary Peters speaks to Dr Sujeet Shenoi to find out.
Assessing the role of materials in security science and technology.
Sara Cammarano, Senior Industrial Issues Executive at the British Plastics Federation, gives an overview of injection moulding.
James Perkins investigates the surprising connection between yoga pants and artificial hearts.
Mouldering away in the attic is my final year thesis. Something, as the UK police might say, proves I have ‘form’ with the Concord project.
Dr Ian R Holton, Acutance Scientific Ltd & BLG Vantage Ltd, UK, explores strain mapping on the 100-nanometre scale using HR EBSD.
Natalie Daniels speaks to Vincent Mascolo, CEO and Managing Director of IronRidge Resources, Australia, about the company’s plans for gold and lithium exploration.
Michael Schwartz examines the use of vanadium and future development.
Is it true that countries with an abundance of natural resources have less economic growth, less democracy, and worse development outcomes than countries with fewer natural resources? Rhiannon Garth Jones investigates.
Understanding microstructures is the route to predictability, as Neil Hollyhoke, Dr Carl Slater and professors Claire Davis and Sridhar Seetharaman explain.
Additive layer manufacturing is a growing technology, finding use in a range of sectors, as Robert Lancaster explains.
Dr Sarennah Longworth-Cook and Parminder Singha analyse sieve analysis and laser diffraction.
Peter D Lee, Yan Lavallée and Mike Burton describe their new process for understanding how and when violent eruptions might take place.
Natalie Daniels talks to Robin Young about Russia’s mining industry, exploration plans and demand for nickel going forward.
The energy and mining sectors have long been a tantalising target for cyber attacks. Khai Trung Le looks at attacks over the last 12 months and emerging preventative measures.
Michael Schwartz examines mineral resource development in the northernmost territory of Canada.
Andrew Wisbey looks at the latest R&D into the next generation of nuclear reactors.
Khai Trung Le looks at the chaotic brick façade of the South Asian Human Rights Documentation Centre and its mix of traditional Indian design and modern architectural demands.
New technology is set to enhance plant and equipment, reduce environmental footprint and improve product capability, as John Wilkinson and Gari Harris argue.
Mike Ellis looks into the uncharted world of 'unachievable alloys' and a new high entropy alloy under development.
New developments in non-destructive testing technology may deliver a step change in the inspection of externally corroded components and components encapsulated within composite repairs, as Mike Adams and Mike Dixon explain
Dr Joy Sumner, Lecturer in Energy Materials at Cranfield University, UK, explains hot corrosion testing.
Kathryn Allen looks at the mysteries of engineering behind the dome of the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore in Italy.
Kathryn Allen talks to Serena Best CBE FREng FIMMM about her career and securing funding for the Cambridge Centre for Medical Materials.
Natalie Daniels talks to Stefan Sabo-Walsh about identifying conflict minerals and the impact of illegal mining on the electronics industry.
Michael Schwartz examines the mining industry of one of the world’s top coal exporters, which boasts significant copper-gold deposits, too.
Dr Barrie O’Connell CEng argues how nanotechnology could benefit the minerals industry.
Peter Wilson looks at the use of wood in some of the most hostile environments.
Natalie Daniels speaks to Chris Waterhouse having recently been appointed Chair of the Packaging Society about trends and priorities in the packaging industry.
High-performance polymers could hold the key to the development of new materials for additive manufacturing, as Paul McCutchion explains.
As climbing is made an Olympic sport, Kathryn Allen looks at the materials used in artificial climbing walls.
On 26 September 1944, a first sustained nuclear chain reaction at a new reactor began. Its purpose was not to prove whether fission could be achieved or sustained, but to explore its weaponised potential. Khai Trung Le looks at Hanford B, the world’s first full-scale nuclear reactor.
Palaniswamy ‘Raj’ Rajan, CEO of SoftWear, USA, talks to Ellis Davies about the company’s Sewbots and automated worklines.
High demand for sand in the construction and electronics industries is a mounting problem for sustainability, as Ellis Davies reports.
Ian McEnteggart examines all stages of testing for the automotive industry
The USA’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement is a reminder that populous, industrialising countries deserve more attention, argues Alastair Marsh.
David Meadows looks at the approach and implementation of geometallurgy
in the mining industry.
Geophysical surveys represent a highly cost-effective and accurate method of minerals exploration. Michael Schwartz explains why
Ilaria Corni and Nicola Symonds look at the application and use of X-ray computed tomography as a non-destructive volume imaging technique to support engineering failure analysis.
Martin Wheeler discusses the benefits of automation in the testing and analysis of materials.
Natalie Daniels talks to George Winning about his work in corrosion testing from the common causes and testing methodologies through to prevention and material selection.
Sharon Ann Holgate speaks to bespoke motor manufacturers about the materials and processes used to create their latest models.
Ellis Davies takes a look at the materials and construction techniques used in the Basilica de la Sagrada Família.
Dr Phil Carroll, founder and CEO of LPW Technology Ltd, talks to Ellis Davies about the PowderTrace smart hopper.
Kathryn Allen talks to Viacheslav Zyrin, Associate Professor at Saint Petersburg Mining University, Russia, about the benefits of becoming chartered.
Kathryn Allen speaks to three professionals about the benefits of further study to professional development.
Kathryn Allen looks at the benefits of becoming chartered.
When I began driving, it needed a long downhill stretch of the M1 to hit 70 mph.
Simon Frost looks at the engineering behind the definitive supersonic jet airliner.
Professor Janice Dulieu-Barton discusses the importance of modernising composite materials regulations.
Richard Bilson, Director of Engineering at Carbolite Gero, UK, talks to Ellis Davies about the GPC 13/300B retort furnace.
Michael Schwartz reports on a country, which has been fully, and successfully exploiting its resources and infrastructure.
Natalie Daniels speaks to Jeremy Wrathall FIMMM about his plans to explore Cornwall’s lithium-bearing brines
Professor Craig Underwood and Dr Dan Lamb look at the development of an ultra lightweight solar cell capable of surviving in space.
Nancy Baddoo looks at the design, fabrication and installation of stainless steel bio-digester tanks.
Craig Durham CEng FIMMM looks at the first Scottish oil industry boom and draws parallels with the present day.
Dr Barrie Dunn looks at how materials science is pushing the boundaries in space engineering.
In 2014, North Korea was said to hold the potential to disrupt the global rare earths trade. But three years on, that promise goes unfulfilled. Khai Trung Le explores whether the controversial country may yet shake China’s hold on the market.
Martyn Jones believes the recent acquisitions of 3D printing companies by global manufacturers can mean only one thing.
Kathryn Allen speaks to Noel Sharkey about his career, his work promoting STEM and the involvement of women in engineering.
Kathryn Allen examines recent attempts to increase the supply of workers to the UK's STEM sector.
3D mining technology could revolutionise the extractive industry with the launch of new software.
Iceland is tapping into hot magma to create a natural wealth of energy. Natalie Daniels looks at how the country is benefitting from exploring geothermal wells.
A new government campaign to fight environmental degradation is putting more pressure on mining companies, as Michael Schwartz explains.
Natural materials in natural environments may still be something of a niche interest in architecture, but that hasn’t stopped some of the most creative practitioners exploring this area to great effect, as Peter Wilson explains.
Ian Falconer looks at both sides of the coin when it comes to recycling plastics from the sea and how new work could turn recycled marine plastics into consumables for 3D printing.
Khai Trung Le talks to the ss Great Britain Trust on the legacy of the namesake ship, its engineering influence and its heritage in British shipbuilding.
Andreas Praller, Senior Expert at Linde, Germany, talks to Ellis Davies about the company’s gas injection moulding technology, PLASTINUM GIM C.
New industrial applications highlight the breadth and depth of innovation that can be found when looking to nature, as Iris Anderson, Chris Holland and Angela Morris explain.
Shaun Graham, Mining and Geoscience Applications Developer at Carl Zeiss Microscopy, talks to Ellis Davies about the mining applications of the Versa X-ray microscope.
Scandium is an emerging mineral that could have a significant role to play in delivering the next generation of electric cars, as Benjamin Bell explains.
Natalie Daniels talks to George Roach about a new lithium and tantalum mine in South Africa and how diamond drilling is helping to understand the geology of the mine.
A controversial policy on mineral exports has sparked turmoil in Indonesia's mining industry. Michael Schwartz looks at the challenging times ahead.
Hannah Little looks at the role of 3D-printed bone scaffolds for the regeneration of critical-size defects.
Robert Fell argues against the misconceptions over metal recycling in the UK and explains why stainless steel is leading the charge in the recycling sector.
Lubna Edwards looks at the role of plastic packaging today and in the future.
The future is strong for engineered recycled polymer composites, argues Professor Alma Hodzic.
Professor Philip Withers discusses his work understanding new materials and why there is still the same level of innovation and excitement around materials science as in the past century.
Dr Martin Jackson argues for a new hybrid solid-state process that will support the expansion of titanium alloy use in aircraft.
We look at plastics made from sugarcane, milk and a range of other biomass sources.
Fred Starr recalls a heated debate over nuts and bolts
Steve Kirby discusses the public image of fracking
President of British Glass discusses the importance of sustainable operations and the role of glass in the UK
From aircrafts and skyscrapers to smartphones and packaging, aluminium is one of the most versatile materials used today. Natalie Daniels discovers why.
Natalie Daniels speaks to Amanda Quadling about her career taking new materials from the manufacturing process to the end user.
Michael Schwartz discovers how vast mineral resources and stable conditions are driving Senegal’s rise to prominence in African mining.
Colin Low explains how a new technique is providing a more efficient and environmentally friendly way of reclaiming gold.
Peter Wilson looks at the role of the built environment in reducing our energy needs.
Structural condition monitoring will be essential to keep up with offshore wind developments, as Kevin Magee and Nick Stringer explain.
Fundamental non-aqueous solution chemistry is providing data that can be transferable to thorium nuclear fuel cycles, as David Mills, Fabrizio Ortu and Alasdair Formanuik explain.
Small nuclear reactors are attracting the attention of Government officials, regulators and energy leaders to meet the demands of a looming energy crisis. Richard Wain and Rob McCluskey argue the case for compact modular plants in the energy mix.
Kathryn Allen speaks to Dr Maria Ribera Vicent about her career to date, being awarded a Daphne Jackson Fellowship and the effects of a career break on career progression and networking.
Career suicide or an opportunity to reset the work-life balance? Kathryn Allen looks at the concerns over, and benefits of, taking a career break.
Chris Berry, Manager of Medical Device Physical Testing at Smithers Pira, UK, talks to Ellis Davies about the company’s new medical device testing facility.
Mike Turner CEng FIMMM and Dr Andrew Sturgeon CEng FIMMM, Chair of the IOM3 Oil and Gas Division, give their thoughts on how fracking has been communicated to the public.
Michael Schwartz takes a look at several key mining projects in Burkina Faso.
Katherine Williams found herself with more questions than answers at FINEX’16.
Mark Smith speaks to Natalie Daniels about vanadium mining and why greater use of existing technology is needed in the mining sector.
New research into graphene sheets could provide an important role in the commercialisation of the 2D nanomaterial, as Dr Andrew Pollard explains.
Dr G Kaiser, Dr E Moukhina and Dr A Schindler discuss the importance of thermogravimetric analysis for polymer blends and mixtures.
Natalie Daniels talks to Bruce Margetts about his career in plastics packaging, the challenges facing the industry and why Brexit might not be a bad thing for it.
Dr Kambiz Kalantari examines the benefits of Lucideon’s MIDAR technology for high-temperature additive manufactured materials.
Dr Martin Kemp looks at the ongoing developments in nanoenabled surfaces.
Simon Frost charts the history of the favoured materials in applications where strength, stiffness and low weight are key.
Fred Starr puts the UK’s burst water mains into perspective, recounting his experience with dirty water in Pakistan.
Trisha Rice, Vice President and General Manager of materials science solutions at Thermo Fisher Scientific, talks to Ellis Davies about the HeliScan MicroCT Imaging System.
Khai Trung Le asks Professor Saiful Islam and Dr Duncan Broughton why we may still be relying on lithium-ion technology for decades to come.
BHP spun out two steel companies when it merged with Billiton and focused on mining. At the end of 2016, one is booming, the other is bust. James Perkins looks at why.
Dr Clare Perkins and Emily Walport describe the factors that are driving the development of lower emission materials and reducing hazardous content in construction and design.
From investigating carbon composites to winning I'm an Engineer, Get me out of here, Rhys Archer discusses her winding path into materials science
Anna Ploszajski delves into the history of one of mankind’s longest used natural resources.
Ed Littlewood, Marketing Manager of the Medical Dental Products Division at Renishaw, UK, talks to Ellis Davies about using additive manufacturing to create surgical guides and implants.
Ellis Davies takes a look at how alternative building materials are being used around the world.
Allan Childs proposes we shift focus from new nuclear to energy from waste.
A new study has found that a small percentage of scientists are undertaking a disproportionate percentage of peer reviews. Kathryn Allen takes a look at the peer review process.
With Canada’s mining industry booming, Michael Schwartz takes a look at the recent developments contributing to its ever-growing success.