Samuel Lester (left) accepts his award from SWWPG chairman Barry Statham

South Wales and Western Polymer Group Student Award 2008

South Wales and Western Polymer Group
The annual student lecture award, sponsored by the South Wales and Western Polymer Group, was held at the School of Engineering, University of Wales Swansea in March.

IOM3 Technician of the Year and Competitive Prize winners

The two winners of the IOM3 Technician of the Year prizes, and the graduates who have received Competitive Prizes for 2007 have been named.
Automotive seat base made from die cast aluminium. Image courtesy of Bühler Group AG, Switzerland

Novel heat treatment solution for die cast aluminium

Materials World magazine
The automotive industry could benefit from a novel heat treatment process for high-pressure die cast (HPDC) aluminium components which enables doubled mechanical strength and higher fatigue resistance. Scientists at the Light Metals Flagship of Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) believe the resulting cost effective and resource efficient HPDC components could replace sand-cast and permanent mould cast aluminium alloys and wrought products in certain applications.

Clay aggregates for road asphalt

Clay Technology magazine
Aggregates for asphalt made from synthetic calcinated clay have been developed by researchers at the Amazon Federal University in Manhaus, Brazil. This could be used to pave areas of the Amazon that are poorly supplied with suitable rocks but richly covered with clay.

Exploring plastic components with electronically active surfaces

Materials World magazine
Coating thin films of electronically active surfaces onto plastic components by exploding the layers into the moulding tool during injection is the focus of a £300,000 research programme at the University of Warwick, UK. The team is looking to refine the technology for products such as packaging with moving displays.