Uranium deal signed

Materials World magazine
Australia has signed a trade agreement with China for the supply of uranium, which offers the opportunity for the country to double its current export volumes. China is looking to import around 20,000 tonnes of uranium annually by 2015. A nuclear safeguards agreement was part of the deal.

Smart thermal barrier coatings for gas turbines

Materials World magazine
Southside Thermal Sciences (STS) Ltd, London, UK, plans to begin final trials of its 'smart' thermal barrier coating (TBC) for online non-destructive inspection of gas turbines used in power generation and aircraft. The coating works by embedding the ceramic surface with rare earth ions that have a phosphorescent response under excitation light and will reveal information about temperatures at the surface and subsurface of the coating, as well as erosion and changes of phase composition.

Institute's Annual Review 2005

The Institute's Annual Review for 2005 can now be viewed. It contains a summary of the Institute’s activities over the year, together with financial statements.

Desk-top electron microscopy

Materials World magazine
Bridging the gap between optical and electron microscopy, the TM-1000 tabletop microscope, from Hitachi High Technologies, features a 10x improvement in resolution and magnification range and a 100x improvement in depth of field compared to conventional optical microscopes.

TechniTex Faraday helps the UK's technical textiles sector

Materials World magazine
As part of the series on the Materials Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), Brian McCarthy, Director of the TechniTex Faraday, gives an overview of his organisation and its role within the network.