Testing and inspection are vital aspects of materials development, from manufacture to after the end of their lifespan. And while inspection helps with maintenance and safety, testing also supports the creation of new materials and the refining of existing ones, with tools that ensure hardness, durability, wear-resistance and conductivity, among many other essential characteristics. But testing doesn’t only tell us about existing materials, it also helps us alter them, strengthening the desirable properties and supressing others.
In this issue, we look at the various testing and inspection tools and techniques that support today’s materials industry.
Tinius Olsen takes us through its proven methods of hardness testing (page 34), we hear about modifying polymers for high-performance coatings and paints in a joint project by Manchester University and AkzoNobel (page 48), and learn how the Camborne School of Mines uses non-destructive testing to perform geological site surveys without digging into the earth, saving millions on data gathering (page 50). Plus, we hear about the use of ion beams in materials testing, and the health and safety considerations that inspections require.
All this plus retrofitting factories for the Industrial Internet of Things, the impact of Brexit on nuclear research and development, mining for jadarite in Serbia, the need for metallurgy training schemes, and this month’s Professional Development, which is focused on funding. Do get in touch to let us know your thoughts and what you would like to see featured in the magazine.
Ceri Jones, Editor