Materials World January 2020
Welcome back to Materials World after a much-deserved break. If the new year has left you looking for a fresh start, perhaps returning to work after a long leave of absence, turn to page 21 for this month’s Professional Development Q&A which focuses on just that. For advice on how to re-enter the workplace after a career break, regardless of the reasons behind it, go to page 23 where we discuss the various schemes and support programmes available, and hear from people who successfully made the leap.
In features, we kick off the first issue of 2020 with a look at transport and engineering - from new technologies and materials, to the testing processes and energy systems behind them. Taking in land, sea and sky, we cover HydroFLEX – a project combining hydrogen fuel cell and battery technologies to support electrification of the UK’s rail networks. Next is the shipping industry, where we find out how better analysis of composite joints is helping to lightweight maritime vessels while maintaining performance, then look at the complexities of the steel supply chain. And in aerospace, we consider ultra-high-temperature ceramics that could dramatically reduce flight durations.
We also hear about solid-state batteries, molecular plasma adhesives, and the rapid growth of mining in Panama.
Get in touch with us to share your thoughts on the articles, or to be featured in an upcoming issue.
Ceri Jones, Editor