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  • A national health disservice? Improving catheters

    Long-term catheterisation causes significant damage and infection – not surprising considering the current Foley catheter design was developed more than 50 years ago. Professor Roger Feneley asks, can the biomaterials sector help improve quality of life for an ageing population?
  • Material of the month: Superhydrophobic materials - surface properties

    Maria Felice examines superhydrophobic materials
  • Spotlight: Under The microscope - improved analysis equipment

    Rachel Lawler looks at the latest developments in microscopy and analysis equipment
  • Material of the month - Sheet glass

    The history of sheet glass, also known as architectural glass or window glass, including some recent high-tech developments such as self-cleaning glass.
  • Fred Starr recollects: Nature on our side

    Metals are hard fought for and then they suffer corrosion...
  • Fred Starr

    Driving me crazy - the engineering issues behind the decline of the car industry

    Fred Starr recollects some of the engineering and materials failures with British cars.
  • FV432 vehicles with identical visual colour and differing coatings

    MASTering defence - UK work to improve defence

    Team MAST has been delivering the UK Ministry of Defence’s (MOD’s) low to medium maturity materials and structures research since November 2007. This article presents case studies from that work - coatings to lower solar heat absorption, self healing of fibre-reinforced polymer composites and integrated damage resistance in composite structures.
  • Keith Harrison - Chairman SED

    Profile of the Surface Engineering Division's new chairman.
  • Surface Engineering Division - Hub

    [img_assist|nid=25972|title=Surface Engineering Division Hub|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=92|height=100] The SED Technology Hub is under development but when live will allow members to access information and articles on each of the technology sectors within the hub (Transport, Packaging, Energy, Manufacturing, Consumer Products and Medical) and allow members to access articles on the supporting technologies (Legislation/REACH, Education/Training, Best Practice and Metrology/Measurement).
  • Investigation of the epoxy-metal-interphase by micro-extensometry

    The polymer interphase in adhesively bonded metal joints plays an important role concerning the mechanical behaviour and durability under service conditions. Recent investigations have been able to identify a polymer interphase region adjacent to the metal surface with a thickness of up to 100μm where cross linking density and glass transition temperatures differ significantly from those of the bulk polymer due to the long-range influence of the adhesive interactions in the contact zone to the metal surface. In a joint research project the mechanical behaviour of the interphase region has been investigated by microextensometry using scanning electron microscopy as an imaging device and computational image analysis.