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

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

A New Board Member for the SAA

The Society for Adhesion & Adhesives
We welcome Dr Andrew Slark as a new Board member of the Society for Adhesion and Adhesives. Andrew is a polymer chemist who took his first degree and PhD at Loughborough University in the UK.  

New Chairman for IMMa

International Mining & Minerals Association
Michael Forrest is the new chairman of the IMMa committee. He took over from the inaugural chairman, Professor John Monhemius, who had led the committee since the IMMa was formed at the beginning of 2007.