Materials World - All features

Mar 2020

The screw cap bottle top has been a packaging staple for decades, but the need for functionality and sustainability has prompted a flurry of innovative designs and material choices. Ceri Jones looks the development of modern closures.

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Mar 2020

Minton, Treharne & Davies Ltd., UK, Technical Director of Materials Science, Peter Moore, explains some of the basic theories behind testing composite materials using laser shearography.

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Mar 2020

Soon we may be walking on plastic bottle roads along fly ash streets, as increasing categories of waste products are finding new life as feedstocks. Eoin Redahan takes a look at some of the pioneering projects tackling the waste problem.

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Mar 2020

Geoengineering is increasingly gaining support from across the political and scientific spectrum as a measure to combat climate change. Rhiannon Garth Jones talks to industry experts to find out why.

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Mar 2020

As companies operate within more complex business networks it has become difficult to determine the who, what, where, when and why of any product. Ledetta Asfa-Wossen explores the impact blockchain could have on mining.

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Mar 2020

A novel catalyst that converts biomass into commodity chemicals could help with manufacturing advanced renewable materials. This research is a step towards affordable, sustainable chemical production. Diamond Light Source, UK, explains how.

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Dr Morwenna Spear FIMMM discusses a project investigating embodied carbon and carbon storage in the construction sector.  
Mar 2020

Dr Parvez Alam FIMMM talks about finding solutions to the Indonesian plastic waste crisis through practicable circular economic models.

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Mar 2020

With so-called green mining set to grow one third by 2024, Michael Schwartz takes a look at the industry determined to use sustainable practices.

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Mar 2020

How important are audits when assessing the stability risk of tailings storage facilities? Wardell & Armstrong Associate Director, Naomi Lee MIMMM, discusses.

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Mar 2020

We spoke to Hyperion R&D Engineer Ian Marsh and sponsor, Engineering Technology Manager Luis Fernando Garcia about the benefits of IOM3 training.

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Mar 2020

In any industry, successful management often means good communication and meeting your employees’ needs. Idha Valeur talks to management in different industries to get their opinions on leadership, what soft skills make a good leader and how they approach the task.

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Mar 2020

In any industry, successful management often means good communication and meeting your employees’ needs. Idha Valeur talks to management in different industries to get their opinions on leadership, what soft skills make a good leader and how they approach the task.

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FRED STARR RECOLLECTS - WHO ARE THE RESPONSIBLES?

Feb 2020

Fred Starr considers the process of investigations and laying down blame.

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Feb 2020

The latest Olympus Stream software helps to determine the non-metallic inclusion content in steel.

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Feb 2020

Innoval Technology aluminium surface consultant, Dr Junjie Wang MIMMM, presents the types of aluminium sheet surface cleaning used in industry and various techniques of assessing surface cleanliness to avoid problems by insufficient or over cleaning.

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Feb 2020

We take a look at the different member benefits available to you as part of IOM3. Here, Katherine Williams considers technical content including peer review journals.

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Feb 2020

Dr Martin P Ansell FIMMM, Honorary Reader in Materials at the University of Bath, UK, presents latest research in wood science and timber engineering, and how this supports the wider construction industry.

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Feb 2020

Giovanni Pesce ProfGrad and Cecilia Pesce at Northumbria University, UK, present the evolving role of nanomaterials in building conservation.

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Feb 2020

A multitude of materials have been used for home insulation in the UK over the years. Here, Rhiannon Garth Jones takes a look at the changing trends and insulation a la mode.

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Feb 2020

Queen’s University Belfast KTP Associate - Materials Scientist, Dr Timothy Aiken, discusses how testing is helping advance performance of magnesium oxychloride boards for construction.

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Feb 2020

The role of plastics in construction is discussed in this roundtable of industry experts.

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Feb 2020

BRE Principal Consultant and Cementitious Materials Group member, Andrew Dunster FIMMM, discusses some of the alternatives to pure Portland cements as well as research, development and testing of low-carbon cements and concretes.

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Feb 2020

Tim Parker and Paolo Berbotto discuss how changing perceptions of high-strength steel rebar behaviour during seismic events are suggesting significant changes for manufacturers and suppliers.    

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MATERIAL MARVELS: THE VESPA

Jan 2020

Piaggio’s most iconic product was revealed in the Rome Golf Club in 1946 – a scooter named Vespa. Idha Valeur looks at the history behind the creation, its evolution and the materials used.

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Jan 2020

Re-entering the workforce after a career break, no matter the reason, can be intimidating and challenging. How do you explain a CV-gap? How do you stay up-to-scratch on skills? How do you retain the same seniority as when you left? All are valid concerns and, luckily, ones you can get help with. Several trusts, firms and companies offer advice, programmes and returnships to help people back into work no matter the reason for the pause. Here, Idha Valeur talks to returnees about where to go for support and what to expect when reaching out for help.

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Jan 2020

STEM Returners Founder and CEO, Natalie Desty, talks to Idha Valeur about setting up an organisation that helps candidates re-enter the workforce and reinvigorate their careers.

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Jan 2020

Physik Instrumente (PI), Head of Segment Marketing for Microscopy and Life Sciences, Dr Thomas Bocher, explains how piezo actuators can help deliver better quality inspection. 

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Jan 2020

Michael Schwartz discusses the fastest growing sector of Panama’s economy.

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Jan 2020

University of Birmingham Professor of Ceramic Science and Engineering, Jon Binner FIMMM, discusses ceramics being tested to withstand 3,000oC for potential aerospace use.

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Jan 2020

Molecular Plasma Group CEO, Marc Jacobs, and Jackweld Ltd Director Stuart Jackman, explain how a molecular plasma technology can help multiple materials to bond.

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Jan 2020

Nam Technology Ltd Director, Norman McPherson FIMMM, discusses the UK steel industry supply chain and its relationship with naval vessel building.

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Jan 2020

Lightweighting ship joints can help facilitate ship fuel reductions. Geir Ólafsson, Rachael Tighe, Stephen Boyd, Richard Trumper and Janice M Dulieu-Barton discuss a method for testing composite joints in maritime applications.

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Jan 2020

Ilika Product Commercialisation Manager, Denis Pasero, discusses the prospects of solid-state batteries in electric vehicles with Anthony Caggiano. 

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Jan 2020

A project to help autonomous vehicles navigate better in adverse weather conditions is introduced by GIM Ltd Robotics Engineer and Team Leader, Tommi Tikkanen.

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Jan 2020

The UK’s first mainline hydrogen fuel cell powered rail vehicle is being developed by a collaboration between Porterbrook and the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education. Stuart Hillmansen and Helen Simpson introduce HydroFLEX.  

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