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SPOTLIGHT: POLISHING UP POST-HEAT TREATMENT

Jul/Aug 2020

Originally conceived for 3D-printed metal parts, a new surface finishing approach is finding application as a post-heat treatment process. Jonathan Housden, Project Coordinator at Wallwork in Cambridge, UK, gives us the lowdown.

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GRAPHENE GOES GREEN

Jul/Aug 2020

How is graphene contributing to the sustainability agenda? Matthew Smith, Partner and Patent Attorney at Mewburn Ellis, UK, highlights some recent inventions and the intellectual property considerations.

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CIRCULARITY FOR COMPOSITES

Jul/Aug 2020

Stella Job, Sustainability Manager at Composites UK, clears up misunderstandings surrounding the recycling of composites, considers where we are now and where we need to be.

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SHAPING OUR LEGACY – REDUCING THE WASTE FOOTPRINT

Jul/Aug 2020

Waste defines civilisations, a fact long known to archaeologists. Members of the IOM3 Sustainable Development Group and Resources Strategy Group consider the options for reducing our footprint.

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REUSING AND RECOVERING INDUSTRIAL HEAT

Jul/Aug 2020

Nina Webber and Judith Britnell, from the UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, describe outcomes from its heat recovery programme.

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RADIOACTIVE WASTE DISPOSAL

Jul/Aug 2020

Radioactive waste disposal demands robust materials. Dr Robert Winsley, Materials Scientist and Senior Scientific Adviser at Radioactive Waste Management in Didcot, UK, investigates how corrosion science is informing choices.

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SUSTAINABILITY IN MINING

Jul/Aug 2020

Mining engineer and consultant Laurence Morris FIMMM discusses the role and realities of sustainability in mining.

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TAILINGS – ARE LESSONS BEING LEARNT?

Jul/Aug 2020

What has happened since the tragic dam failure in Brumadinho, Brazil, last year? Michael Schwartz reviews.

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UPCYCLING E-WASTE

Jul/Aug 2020

Hackerspace community initiatives are tackling our planet’s ever-growing stockpiles of e-waste. Dr Parvez Alam FIMMM, Senior Lecturer in the School of Engineering at The University of Edinburgh, UK, explores some of the inspiring solutions.

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GETTING A FEEL FOR THE REAL WORLD OF STEM

Jul/Aug 2020

Philipa Kugonza, Mechanical Engineering Student at Coventry University, UK, undertook a Year in Industry at Rolls-Royce joining forces with Staff Technologist Andrew Russell FIMMM. Idha Valeur talks to them about working together to hone the manufacturing of compressor blades. 

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HOW TO TRAIN FOR WORLDSKILLS

Jul/Aug 2020

How do apprentices get match ready for the WorldSkills competition? Mike Watson from GKN Aerospace and WordSkills UK Training Manager for the CNC Milling team catches up with Idha Valeur.

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SPOTLIGHT: UNLOCKING THE FULL POTENTIAL

Jun 2020

Roger Assaker, CEO of e-Xstream engineering in Käerjeng, Luxembourg, makes the case for Integrated Computational Materials Engineering to drive more efficient and sustainable manufacturing. 

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SPOTLIGHT: MADE TO MEASURE

Jun 2020

Materials World spoke to software specialist Michael Hackney and VP of Engineering at additive manufacturing firm Desktop Metal, on how software is evolving the design process.

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FRED STARR RECOLLECTS: SLEEP ON IT – TALKING ABOUT FATIGUE

Jun 2020

Fred Starr on the detrimental impact of fatigue.

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A DIGITAL STRATEGY FOR MATERIALS

Jun 2020

A joint workshop between IOM3 and the British Standards Institution discussed a strategy for the digitisation of the materials sector. Dr Norman Swindells CEng FIMMM, Managing Director at Ferroday Ltd, UK, reports.

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BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE MATERIALS INNOVATION FACTORY

Jun 2020

Digital tools are shortening the process time for materials innovation and discovery. Matt Reed of the University of Liverpool’s Materials Innovation Factory, shares some current projects.

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COLLABORATING WITH ROBOTS

Jun 2020

How can collaborative robots, or cobots, help manufacturers improve productivity in a competitive marketplace? Mark Gray, UK Commercial Manager at Universal Robots, debunks a few myths.

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FLEXIBLE FUTURE FOR ELECTRONICS

Jun 2020

Ben Smye, Head of Growth at materials resource and search engine Matmatch, explores how a new paradigm shift in stretchable electronics could herald further innovation.

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INDUSTRY 4.0 – SURFACE INSPECTION OF STEEL UNCOVERED

Jun 2020

Anastasia Paramore and Roeman Kirmse FIMMM discuss the actuality of Industry 4.0 when it comes to surface inspection at Tata Steel Europe.

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TALE OF TWO ISLANDS – THE POTENTIAL FOR LARGE-SCALE MINING IN FIJI

Jun 2020

Michael Schwartz explores how Fiji offers major mineral resources.

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COMPOSITES IN MOTION

Jun 2020

Dipali Warakhedkar, Analyst at Global Market Insights, reviews the accelerated progression and adoption of carbon fibre composites.

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FLYING INTO TOMORROW - DIGITAL DESIGN AND MANUFACTURE OF COMPOSITES

Jun 2020

Peter Giddings, Chief Engineer of the iCAP Programme at the UK’s National Composites Centre, discusses the benefits of digital composites manufacturing.  

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ADVERTORIAL: BE THE BEST YOU CAN BE WITH THE IOM3 TRAINING ACADEMY

May 2020

The Institute’s Training Academy runs courses to support the professional development of members and non-members working in materials, minerals and mining engineering and their related industries. 

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SPOTLIGHT: A RARE APPROACH

May 2020

Materials World spoke to the team at Less Common Metals based in Chester, UK, to discuss sourcing, materials analysis and its position in the permanent magnet supply chain. 

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MEETING FUTURE EMISSION STANDARDS

May 2020

Jörg Feist and Silvia Araguás-Rodríguez of Imperial College spin-out, Sensor Coatings Systems, discuss how luminescent materials could help reduce emissions in automotive and gas turbines.

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OPENING ACCESS TO ENERGY

May 2020

Jonas Eklind, CEO of Swedish start-up company, Azelio, argues the case for wind and solar energy storage.

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Q&A WITH MARK TELFORD

May 2020

Former Sellafield engineer and MD of Forth Engineering, Mark Telford, talks nuclear, how robotics is changing the energy landscape and the business impact of COVID-19.

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NEXT-GENERATION NUCLEAR REACTOR

May 2020

Daniel Cooper, Chief Chemist at Seaborg Technologies discusses the ongoing development of its Compact Molten Salt Reactor and the material challenges that go along with operating in extreme environments.

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UNDERGROUND IN ATLANTIC CANADA

May 2020

Newfoundland and Labrador hosts Canada’s largest gold and underground mines, Michael Schwartz profiles the vast province holding major mineral wealth. 

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GREENING THE BLACK: COULD ABANDONED MINES PROVIDE A SOURCE OF LOW CARBON HEAT?

May 2020

Charlotte Adams, Commercial Manager at The Coal Authority and Professor Jon Gluyas of Durham University, debate the potential of retired coal mines as a future heat source.

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TAKING THE OPPORTUNITY

May 2020

In the race to be energy self-sufficient, a hydrocarbon find can feel a big prize. But that’s only the start of the process, as Lebanon is experiencing. Rhiannon Garth Jones explains.

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COOKING UP CLEANER COMPOSITES

May 2020

Cheaper, more energy efficient and versatile composite manufacture with added features are being spearheaded by Queen Mary University. Materials Science lecturer Dr Han Zhang CEng CSci MIMMM explains.

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INVESTIGATING METAL INJECTION MOULDING

May 2020

Idha Valeur takes a closer look at what metal injection moulding has to offer and the shape of things to come. 

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PITCHING FOR RESEARCH FUNDING

May 2020

Securing funding for research is a job in itself – it requires research. Where to go for help? How to write the application? And how do you make the most of the opportunity and avoid the pitfalls? Idha Valeur explores how best to navigate the funding jungle. 

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Q&A WITH MARK WATTERS FROM THE BIDBASE

May 2020

Idha Valeur talks to Mark Watters, Managing Director of The BidBase, about bid writing, common mistakes, how to avoid them and what makes a good bid writer. 

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SPOTLIGHT: THE NORDSON VIEW

Apr 2020

As well as physical property testing machines, Nordson manufactures X-ray microscopes, ultrasound microscopes and automated visual inspection machines. We spoke to David Routledge, Micro Materials Applications Engineer at Nordson DAGE about its growing testing and inspection division.

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SPOTLIGHT: WHEN DETAIL MATTERS

Apr 2020

Materials World spoke to a number of testing and inspection companies to create a picture of the landscape for the next decade.

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YOUNG PERSON TO WATCH: ALISHBA IMRAN

Apr 2020

Next generation innovator speaks to Katherine Williams about her interest in materials to build a better future.

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CERAMIC BEARINGS IN MEDICINE

Apr 2020

Chris Johnson, managing director of SMB Bearings, discusses some key factors when considering ceramic and alternative bearings for medical environments.

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MAPPING GRAPHENE

Apr 2020

Just 16 years from first isolation, graphene is being applied to several healthcare devices, thanks to a bullish EU project. Head of Innovation at the Graphene Flagship, Kari Hjelt, shares some.  

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AUGMENTING HEALTHCARE

Apr 2020

Kristian Debus heads Thornton Tomasetti’s team making advanced design-engineering capabilities accessible. Katherine Williams learns about his career spanning motorcycles to mitral valves.

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Q&A WITH RACHEL WILLIAMS FIMMM

Apr 2020

Professor of Ophthalmic Bioengineering Rachel Williams FIMMM at Liverpool University’s Department of Eye and Vision Science and the Institute of Ageing and Chronic Disease. With over 25 years in advanced materials, she discusses some highlights.

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THE FUTURE OF COAL

Apr 2020

Michael Schwartz describes the delicate and changing situation faced by energy-quality coal. 

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WELL SPUN MEDICAL INNOVATIONS

Apr 2020

Electrospinning was first applied to textiles in the 1930s but only now are scientists realising the magnitude of its potential in medicine. Ledetta Asfa-Wossen reports.

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REPLACING HEART VALVES - A POLYMER SOLUTION

Apr 2020

How does the heartbeat continuously for an entire lifetime? Cambridge University chemical engineering PhD student, Ruhi Patel, explains how material science could be at the core of its durability.

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PHOTOCATALYTIC MATERIALS IN HEALTHCARE

Apr 2020

Professor of Nanotechnology at the Clore Laboratory, University of Buckingham, Jeremy J Ramsden FIMMM, on how photocatalytic antimicrobial surface coatings can reduce infection.

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MATERIAL MARVELS: CAPPING IT OFF - THE EVOLUTION OF THE BOTTLE TOP

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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