Materials World June 2019
It’s the aerospace issue, packed with articles on the exciting materials, processes and projects aiming to advance this industry.
First off, on page 26 we look at specific materials used in aerospace and defence applications – how these have changed over the years and the new challenges being faced as we seek out the most cutting-edge and high-performance technologies.
We also have a strong focus on the uptake of additive manufacturing, which is enabling companies to bring innovations to market quicker than ever. For this, we look at how NASA is developing international standards for 3D printing to progress its goal of manufacturing in space (page 30), hear how a UK company is using AM to produce economical and low-waste intermetallic components (page 36), and speak to the team printing whole chambers of copper alloy for energy-efficient liquid rocket launchers (page 44).
Beyond that, we take a look at what state-of-the-art drones offer researchers, the use of metamaterial coatings to protect aerospace equipment, and find out how liquid pressure forming is helping make lightweight aluminium composites.
Plus, if you are wondering why this issue looks different to normal, turn to page 24 to read about the changes we have made to the print magazine, and let us know your thoughts. Chocks away.
Ceri Jones, Editor