Hollow ceramic components produced by rotary moulding cuts costs

Materials World magazine
Research at CERAM, Loughborough University and Queens University Belfast shows that rotary moulding can be adepted to reduce production costs, and waste from hollow ceramic items. The technology, widely used to manufacture hollow polymer objects, enclosing a ceramic slip in a closed mould that is rotated around two axes while being heated in an oven.

Manchester University wins EPSRC knowledge transfer challenge

Materials World magazine
The University of Manchester has won the EPSRC's inaugural Knowledge Transfer Challenge award for research into advances in communication between computer systems. Other projects in the final covered wound care (Aston), electronics (Edinburgh), detection of counterfeit bank notes (Leeds) and pollution legacies of disused mines (Newcastle).

Stripping processes for hard-wearing coatings

Materials World magazine
An Anglo-Spanish Eureka project involving Tecvac, Cambridge UK, has developed wet-chemical and plasma stripping processes for stripping hard-wearing non-friction coatings from the surfaces of steel, titanium alloys and hard metal tungsten carbide tools and components in sectors such as aerospace and biomedicine. But as well as ease of application, the ability to remove these layers is essential.

New form of synthetic metastable germanium

Materials World magazine
The new form of synthetic metastable germanium, developed at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids in Dresden, Germany, has a porous clathrate structure decorated with cavities, is less dense than its natural analogue and floats in its own liquid. It has the potential to emit light and can be scaled to prepare thin films for high efficiency optoelectronics applications.

Boxing up

Packaging Professional magazine
The Australian research firm XQ says that food companies using corrugated box packaging could be paying less if suppliers took greater care to protect material during manufacture. XQ innovations has created a transportable tool that tests the strength of the packaging by measuring the frequency of vibrations that determines the stiffness of the card.