Launch of The International Mining and Minerals Association and PERC Code

On 17 June at 1 Carlton House Terrace, IOM3 will introduce two innovations for the mining industry – the International Mining and Minerals Association and the Pan European Reserves and Resources Reporting Committee Code.

Growing clean carbon nanotubes

Materials World magazine
Using catalysed chemical vapour deposition, scientists at the University of Warwick, UK, have grown clean carbon nanotubes directly onto a disc surface. The creation of these ultramicroelectrodes, which are 25-100µm in diameter, could be used for extremely sensitive sensors.

New smelter could save energy

Materials World magazine
Following the acquisition of Alcan last year, Rio Tinto has announced the evolution of Alcan’s aluminium production technology through a smelting process that consumes up to 20% less energy. The system, which is based on heat recovery, low resistance cathode blocks and drained cathodes, will be scaled up in 2009 at the company’s pilot plant in St Jean de Maurienne, France.

Microseismic technology navigates directional drilling for coal gas

Materials World magazine
Microseismic technology has been used for the first time to guide underground directional drilling for coal gas production, say scientists at the Australian Commonwealth Scientific Research Organisation. A trial was conducted at a coal field test site in Queensland, Australia.

Adapting to Formula 1 engine restrictions

Materials World magazine
The design of Formula 1 car engines has experienced a dramatic change over the past two years, with materials and weight restrictions taking hold, and in a five-year engine development freeze put in place in 2008. While adapting to the new regulations, automotive engineers are also developing kinetic energy recovery systems to improve the environmental performance of these racecars.