Is it possible to produce frictionless material? Self-adaptive nanostructures could lead to huge friction reduction, say Dr Tomas Polcar from the University of Southampton, UK, and Professor Albano Cavaleiro from the University of Coimbra, Portugal.
Proving that a material can withstand the force of a bullet is one thing. Predicting it's response can is quite another. A collaborative research project is helping to increase understanding of ceramic materials for armour.
In 2004 researchers at the University of Manchester, UK, isolated graphene in its free form and it has since been publicly hailed as the super material to build future devices. Here industry insiders share their thoughts on its role in various research areas
Alongside automotive manufacturers’ efforts to boost performance and improve fuel efficiency, suppliers from all sides of the industry are pushing to further optimise their part of the puzzle. Swiss coatings specialist Oerlikon Balzers, explains how its new coating reduces energy loss.