Nuclear fusion takes materials to the extreme

Materials World magazine
As fusion power becomes more of a reality, scientists at the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority are working against the clock to develop materials that can handle its extreme conditions.
Taking samples at the Boomerang Creek tributary, which drains the western part of the Merlin kimberlite field in Australia

Diamond detection development

Materials World magazine
Diamond explorers might have a new tool at their disposal as research in Australia is underway into a thermochronology technique for detecting indicator mineral zircon. The team believes its approach could improve upon traditional methods that involve searching for kimberlite indicator minerals (KIMs) such as garnet and diopside.
Loading a truck

One voice for mineral products

Materials World magazine
A representative body for the aggregates, asphalt, cement, concrete, lime, mortar and silica sand industries has been established. The Mineral Products Association (MPA aims to provide a single effective voice for 222 members, who are the single largest supplier of materials to the UK construction sector, which has been hit severely by the recession.

Ionic liquids for carbon capture

Materials World magazine
Ionic liquids could boost the efficiency of removing impurities from natural gas and have potential for capturing carbon from coal-fired plants, say researchers at a US university spin-out company.
Jet engine – image courtesy of Rolls-Royce

Creep prediction to extend jet engine life

Materials World magazine
UK scientists have developed a computer model that is said to make more accurate predictions of creep within turbine blades. The software accounts for microstructural behaviour in nickel superalloys.