Materials World - features 2019
Explains how artificial intelligence can help bring new, high-performance materials to market for additive manufacturing applications, and other areas of design engineering.
Find out how generative design tools helped optimise the manufacture of a Mars lander.
One of Latin America’s ore giants is growing in size and global influence.
Liquid pressure forming is helping Alvant make aluminium composites lighter than traditional metals.
3D printing a copper alloy has helped boost the performance of a liquid rocket engine.
Robotic laying of carbon-fibre strips is pushing forward manufacturing efficiency.
Metamaterials could improve the lifetime of satellites.
Aerospace adoption of titanium aluminide has opened up the field for novel techniques in manufacturing. Metron CEO, Dimitris Katsanis, spoke to Materials World about his work with intermetallics.
Carbon-fibre and 3D printing are improving the quality of surveillance through the use of drones at Liverpool John Moores University.
NASA is exploring the feasibility of producing items in orbit, with a series of projects that could rapidly accelerate the capabilities of manufacturing methods.
Explore the new challenges facing the interaction of defence and materials.
From changing its shape to varying the use of materials, the wing is constantly evolving to improve aircrafts’ capabilities to build speed and save fuel. Shardell Joseph looks at some key innovations incorporated into wing design, and what to expect in the future.
Dr Tahsin Ali Kassam at The IP Asset Partnership Ltd discusses a patent relating to polyhalite as a seed coating.
Materials World has evolved alongside IOM3 and here, designers Lara Collins and Joe Rampley present a snapshot of some of the redesigns since the first issue in 1993.
A short history of some of the women involved in the Institute's predecessors.
Writ large above the rolling mills at the sprawling 13km2 integrated steelworks in Port Talbot, South Wales, is the legend, ‘Our People Make the Difference’. Tata Steel Europe Director Technical UK and Chair of the Iron and Steel Society, Martin Brunnock, explains why it couldn’t be more true.
What characterises a librarian? We speak to the IOM3 Librarians about a proud history of cataloguing and sharing technical information.
IOM3 Trustee Gavin Bowyer recounts the founding of the Member's Benevolent Trust, which supports members and their families in times of need.
Britain’s first oilfield started production in 1919. CNOOC International Limited Production Engineering Advisor, Craig Durham, looks at the project that laid down the law for oil production.
Scientists and engineers have made major contributions to mining, from tools to drive efficiency to regulations and practices to prevent repeated disasters. The IOM3 Mining Technology Division lays out some of the critical contributions to the safety and economics of the mining industry.
What does it mean to be a professional engineer today? Engineering Council MarComms Manager Kate Webster discusses the future of skills.
British Composites Society Board members Professor Steve Eichhorn, Paul Shakspeare and Chair Dan Kells, discuss the rapid and relentless success of composites across UK industries.
The Ceramic Society talks about the importance of ceramic materials, their numerous beneficial properties and the prospects for future applications.
The value of steel and future trends in the UK industry - Materials Processing Institute CEO, Chris McDonald, discusses.
Polymers are changing, with developments focused on meeting our high demands while also addressing major global challenges in waste and recycling. IOM3 Polymer Society Divisional Board Chair, Stuart Patrick, discusses some ongoing projects.
The newly established Surface Engineering Leadership Forum is working to promote the sector. Monitor Coatings Managing Director, Dr Bryan Allcock, and former IOM3 Materials Advisor, Dr Geoff Hale, discuss its role.
Gaia Biomaterials UK Packaging Technologist, Donald Beaton, discusses how to get the best results from plant-based ingredients during polymer production.
Better harvesting methods would help unlock the opportunities seabed minerals can offer.
Policies, trade partnerships and politics can all influence what trees are available to harvest. What happens when the best timber is not available?
IOM3 CEO Colin Church discusses the work ahead as the Institute strives to champion responsible materials development and waste management.
IOM3 President Serena Best highlights the need for collaboration and inclusivity as we the Institute moves forward.
Visitors to 297 Euston Road, London, have the chance to view a small exhibition related to Sir Henry Bessemer – engineer, inventor and entrepreneur – in 2019.
The Duke of Devonshire was the first President of the Iron and Steel Institute. His inaugural address has points that remain valid for modern researchers and professional engineering institutions.
Take a look at how IOM3 has grown from the Iron and Steel Institute to become a representative body of more than 20 divisions in 2019.
IOM3 is looking to the future and celebrating young talent and ambition. Idha Valeur talks to the ones to watch in STEM.
The Coal Authority Technical Lead – Chemistry and Process Engineering, Ben Cordier, talks to Idha Valeur about the IOM3 CEng in a day workshop, transferrable skills and combining digital and traditional skills.
Navigating the skills landscape can be daunting when determining the key transferables, implementing digital and avoiding loss of knowledge. Idha Valeur talks to industry experts about where to start.
Looking at the UK’s nuclear power prowess
Bicycles have been a staple of public transport since the early 1800s, but the invention of pneumatic tyres helped their popularity soar.
Understand a patent relating to a method of operating a press at two speeds during sheet metal forming.
How to balance heat treatment with residual stress damage, and improving quality with vacuum technology.
The first ever plastics were derived from plants, not oil, and were the foundations of new materials and industries.
Ireland has had several mines close down, but it still ranks highly for policy and investment.
Irish Composites Centre Researcher, Walter Stanley, talks about a new method for producing a high-grade composite from plastic waste.
Nanotechnology is being harnessed to engineer advanced clinical treatments at a college in Ireland.
Industry 4.0 encompasses a wealth of technologies all promising a business advantage, but how useful are they really?
Siemens Ireland’s Domhnall Carroll speaks to Ceri Jones about future factories and manufacturing in Ireland.
The emerald isle is choosing environmentally-friendly energy production methods, but peat remains a major source.
Robert Harrison discusses the use of tungsten to shield magnetic confinement fusion power plants from the star-like environments in a reactor’s core.
Shrewsbury’s flaxmill is recognised as the world’s first skyscraper, influencing architecture globally with its innovative iron-frame construction. Shardell Joseph looks into its history and plans for its restoration.
Lars Hansen, Associate Professor of Rock and Mineral Physics at the Rock Rheology Laboratory, University of Oxford, UK, discusses the development of a high-temperature uniaxial creep apparatus that also enables precise dynamic measurements to be undertaken at a wide range of frequencies.
Maxim Vreeswijk of Imperial College London, UK, discusses his research on characterising the mechanical properties of interfaces in tooling material tungsten carbide-cobalt composites.
The cobalt sector is facing changing fortunes and immense challenges. Michael Schwartz finds out more.
Shashi Paul of the Emerging Technologies Research Centre at De Montfort University, UK, discusses using silicon nano-structures for energy-related and electronic devices.
Biomaterials are improving aortic disease surgery, but current materials still have their limitations. Dr Riaz Akhtar of the School of Engineering, University of Liverpool, UK, discusses progress.
New requirements for military-grade galvanic corrosion protection require improved corrosion simulation tools. We hear more from CTO Keith Legg, Senior Scientist Siva Palani, and CEO Alan Rose at Corrdesa.
McLaren’s Executive Director for Commercial and Legal, Ruth Nic Aoidh, talks to Ellis Davies about the company’s new factory in Sheffield, UK, and its approach to sourcing and manufacture.
What is the journey to becoming chartered like? Idha Valeur gets insights from Chartered Engineers and industry bodies to hear their advice for others starting out on the same path.
Lynsey Seal*, Principal Fire Engineer and Joint Head of London Fire Brigade’s Fire Engineering Group, talks to Idha Valeur about her journey to Chartership.
UK manufacturing is breaking down barriers with a focus on lightweighting. The University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre is setting out to advance capabilities in the UK.
Fred Starr recollects on a visit to see CR Kennedy and his slag test rig at the Argonne National Labs, and the creation of "black snow".
Isabelle Cauwet, Applications Engineer at Digital Surf, looks at the benefits of using software to enhance microscopy data.
V&A Dundee opened last year, celebrating the country, the local area and its rich design history. Ceri Jones takes a tour of the building.
Scotland – written off in some quarters but proving that its mineral wealth can induce a come-back. Michael Schwartz explores the region.
Andre Boje, CEO of coal mining and trading company Minergy Limited, talks to Ellis Davies on the company’s Masama coal mine project in Botswana, its investment in mining and the future of coal in the energy mix.
Water-lubricated composite bearings are an ever-evolving area of material development, as Riina Haaja discusses.
In October 2018, HRH Prince Charles officially opened Balmoral Offshore Engineering’s subsea test facility in Aberdeen, Scotland, at the conclusion of its two-year £20m investment programme. Ellis Davies talks on the facility, its capabilities and various testing methods.
Trelleborg Senior Design Engineer Tony Westerlund, talks to Ellis Davies about fire protection in offshore oil and gas environments, and the company’s recent DNV-GL certification for its fire protection product.
Additive manufacturing is becoming increasingly mainstream. Here, Ellis Davies talks to Andy Simpson of Angus 3D Solutions, UK, and Jon Reilly of Markforged, USA, about the benefits and potential barriers of using the technology.
Modern day metal forming has come a long way from the traditional hitting with a hammer. Ellis Davies takes a look at modern methods at the centre of forming research and development in Scotland.
What are the material innovations helping to advance space and satellite technology? Robin Hague, Lead Engineer at Skyrora Ltd, Scotland, takes a look.
Erika Hedblom, Manager of Intelligent Tube Systems for Sandvik, Sweden, discusses how internal sensors and cloud computing can provide deeper process insights.
Advances in the tailored fibre placement process have reinvigorated interest in the technique, which could inspire widespread adoption of carbon composites in the mainstream automotive industry and beyond. Richard Harrington investigates the latest refinements.
An award winning copper extraction method using microwaves has been recognised for its contribution to the advancement of the field. Sam Kingman* looks at the method and its origins.
Welsh minerals has a glittering revival. Michael Schwartz takes a look.
Paul Davies, Head of Engineering at University of South Wales, UK, talks to Ellis Davies about the university’s new aerospace academy in Dubai, UAE.
Ashley Pursglove* explores the journey of materials development company Mμrex through projects, from medical devices to recycled plastics.
Andrew J Pollard* and Charles A Clifford** of the National Physical Laboratory, UK, talk on the characterisation of graphene as a vehicle towards wider commercialisation.
The Women’s Engineering Society has seen some significant figures and important events in both equality and engineering. Dawn Bonfield looks over the society’s last 100 years.
Professor Steve Brown, Professor Claire Davis and Professor Martin Brunnock, look into how £7m of funding for a new virtual factory will aid the future of UK steel.
Training, upskilling and continued professional development are key areas for healthy future industry, but how can we close the skills gap in STEM? Idha Valeur gets insight from industry experts.
Idha Valeur talks to Bethany Holroyd Engtech MICE, Project Coordinator and mental health first aider at WSP, about her alternative route into a career in STEM.