Cars, components and composites – special edition Institute journal

The automotive sector has a dedicated special issue in the international journal Plastics, Rubber and Composites.

Postgraduate Literature Review competition

Postgraduate students wishing to enter the Institute's Literature Review Prize should submit extended abstracts by 15 November 2006.

Fire-resistant ceramic polymer

Materials World magazine
Ceram Polymerik have commercialised a material that sheds its outer layer, changing from a polymer to a more fire-resistant ceramic with life saving potential. It is hoped the material which cromprises of a polymer matrix, minerals, inorganic fluxing components and functional additives, can be used in future passive fire protection products.

Improved test method for intumescent steel coatings

Materials World magazine
International Fire Consultants Ltd’s 3D interpolation method offers an improved technique to determine the performance of intumescent coatings used for heat insulation on steel structures.

Morphing metals

Materials World magazine
New metallic shape-changing structures research at the University of Cambridge offer the potential for roll-up laptops and keyboards. The aim of these morphing capabilities is to impart extra functionality without the need for additional parts, such as hinges or locks, or sophisticated manufacturing. The process is based on manipulating stress within a flat sheet of beryllium copper using forming tools.