A single-layer polyurethane and nylon film fuel bladder that is crash resistant and uses 60% less volatile organic compounds than traditional bladders has been developed by GKN Aerospace, based in Reddich, UK.
GE Global Research has developed a roll-to-roll process, similar to that used in newspaper printing, to mass-produce organic light emitting diodes. The company claims this technology will lower the cost of producing organic electronic products, which will be key if these devices are to succeed in the marketplace.
Coating thin films of electronically active surfaces onto plastic components by exploding the layers into the moulding tool during injection is the focus of a £300,000 research programme at the University of Warwick, UK. The team is looking to refine the technology for products such as packaging with moving displays.
Battery-powered electroluminescent (EL) yarns are being developed at The University of Manchester, UK, to create clothing that glows in the dark, allowing the wearer to be visible in all lighting conditions, improving personal safety.
The Max Planck Institute for Iron Research (MPIR) in Dusseldorf, Germany is seeking to further the development of twinning induced plasticity (TWIP) steel which has has been engineered to absorb energy in the event of a vehicle collision.