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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.

‘Pore’ing over ceramics

Materials World magazine
Scientists in the USA are exploring pore-free and fully-dense neodymium-doped yttrium aluminium garnet (Nd:YAG) advanced ceramics. They believe these optically transparent materials could eventually replace YAG crystals in lasers for improved quality.

Grants available for tradeshows

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The UK Trade & Investment has doubled the number of grants available for companies to attend tradeshows abroad.

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