Automated Combinatorial Chemistry Evaluates Catalysts
01/27/02 Researchers at Purdue University have developed an automated combinatorial chemistry process that can rapidly evaluate thousands of catalysts.
X-33 Airframe Sent to Storage
01/27/02 All that remains of the X-33 is the structural airframe - all other parts have been removed. The airframe will be stored in a hangar for possible use as a future testbed.
Clay Makes Composites Shine
01/07/02 The shape of clay particles in polymer-clay composites affects not only physical properties but also appearance. By adjusting the size of particles, such composites can be given a metallic sheen.
Bomb-Proof Rubbish Bin
01/07/02 A UK company has developed a bomb-proof rubbish bin. The outer layer of the bin is a glass fiber composite; the inner layer is a proprietary material called TABRE.
Plastic Lenses Resist Scratches
01/07/02 New "AR-hard" coated plastic lenses are not only simpler to make than traditional plastic lenses, but they can't be scratched even by steel wool and the coating is also antireflective.
01/07/02 Plastic gears have several advantages over their traditional metal counterparts, including the ability to run without lubricant and ease of molding into complex shapes.
Japan Unveils H-2A
01/07/02 Japan recently unveiled its H-2A launch vehicle, a modified version of the cancelled H-2. The H-2A features SRB-A strap-on boosters, which are based on the carbon-cased CASTOR 120.
X-45A UCAV Wins Discover Award
01/07/02 Boeing's X-45A Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV) received top aerospace honors in Discover Magazine's "Best of What's New 2001" awards.
01/07/02 NASA and Lockheed Martin began dismantling the X-33 last month. The parts will divided up among various groups for further study.
Hexcel Announces Restructuring Plan
11/09/01 In response to projected declines in commercial aircraft production, Hexcel is taking actions to reduce its fixed overhead costs primarily through reductions in staff.
Hexcel Thermoplastic TowFlex Featured in BMW M3 Bumper
11/09/01 BMW M3 bumpers molded from Hexcel Composites' TowFlex continuous fiber reinforced thermoplastic materials (CFRTP) have won three industry awards.
ATP Thrid Quarter Revenues Up, Income Down
11/09/01 ATP reported that its third quarter revenues were up slightly while earnings dropped. Two big contracts, however, have increased backlog by 31 percent.
Oxidizing Precursors Yields Net Shape Ceramics
11/09/01 The VIMOC process can produce net shape ceramics and ceramic composites without the traditional post-oxidation machining steps.
Screen-Printing Produces Plastic Solar Cells
11/09/01 A new technique developed at the University of Arizona can print solar cells as easily as wallpaper. These organic cells are less efficient than traditional cells, but mass production can make up the difference.
Plastics Profits Falling Faster than Economy
11/09/01 Profits in the plastics industry have been hurt by more than just the global economic decline. Increasing competition from developing countries is also forcing prices down.
Concorde Returns to Flight
11/09/01 The Concorde made its first trans-Atlantic flight on November 7 after being grounded for 16 months. Safety upgrades include Kevlar-reinforced tank liners and new reinforced tires.
New Pultrusion Consulting Firm Formed
11/09/01 Nicholas Cray has formed Pultrusion Improvements, a new consulting firm to help pultrusion companies improve their businesses.
Online Lecture on Solvent and Water-Based Coatings
11/09/01 The Institute of Materials Science is hosting an online seminar on wetting and dispersing of solvent and water-based coatings, the first in a series.
ChemIndustry.com and Chemjobs.net Sign Affiliate Agreement
11/06/01 ChemIndustry.com and Chemjobs.net have signed an affiliate agreement wherein professionals working in such areas as chemicals, petrochemicals and pharmaceuticals will have point and click access to chemjobs.net's database of job opportunities.
VISTAGY's EnCapta Software Wins Innovation Award
11/06/01 EnCapta has been selected by Computer Graphics World as a winner of its Eighth Annual Innovation Awards. EnCapta captures complex non-geometric design data, such as material specifications, assembly instructions and costing information, and associates it with the relevant CAD geometry.
Argonide Wins NASA SBIR Contract for Space Station Filter
11/06/01 Argonide Nanomaterials has been awarded a NASA SBIR contract for the development of a sterilization filter capable of converting space station recycled water into purified drinking water. The filter is based upon a new class of bioactive nanoparticles.
QUANTUM Storage Systems in Michelin Race
11/06/01 Four vehicles competing in the Michelin Challenge Bibendum used alternative fuel storage systems from QUANTUM.
Soy-Based Paints, Coatings, Adhesives and Plastics
11/06/01 Chemicals based on soybean oil are being used as monomers in latex paint and coating systems, as foaming agents for plywood glues, and as resins in sheet molding compounds (SMCs).
Spectra Composites Selected for Strengthened Cockpit Doors
11/02/01 C&D Aerospace has selected Spectra composite materials as the primary ballistic protection material for its new strengthened cockpit doors.
Ultrasonic Measurements Based on Brownian Motion
11/02/01 Scientists at the University of Illinois have made ultrasonic measurements using only the sound waves generated by the natural motion of molecules at room temperature.
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