Non-melt solid-state consolidation, explored by scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), USA, could produce low-cost titanium components made using powder metallurgy for brake rotors, joint replacements and armour for military vehicles.
Sustainpack is a European research conglomerate that hopes to encourage widespread use of ‘renewable’ natural fibres in paper and board in packaging, by adding value and functionality. The initiative, a vast undertaking into the materials science of these fibres, comprised 35 European partners from 13 countries.
Researchers at the new £6m Rio Tinto Centre for Advanced Mineral Recovery at Imperial College London, UK, aim to develop novel mining technologies to extract minerals efficiently and cost effectively from hard-to-access low-grade deposits deeper underground. The team will gain a better understanding of the science behind block caving, in situ acid leaching of metals and froth flotation.
Vehicles built and delivered to order in five days could be possible within a decade thanks to the European Intelligent Logistics for Innovative Product Technologies project. Working with industry, the team has created a modular car design that can be manufactured quickly using plastics and steel.