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High-Temperature Energy Recovery Using Thermoelectric Ceramics

Research is underway to optimize oxide ceramics that can help thermoelectric harvesting reach its full energy-saving potential.
By Eric Hanson
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Thermoelectric (TE) heat recovery technologies can frequently reduce the operating costs for facilities by increasing energy productivity and efficiency.


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Serve to Be Great: 11 Leadership Lessons from a Prison, a Monastery and a Boardroom

By simply shifting focus away from short-term goals and financial gain toward more effectively serving the people on their teams, leaders can create conditions for superior long-term results.
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A recent Gallup poll shows that only 30% of Americans are actively engaged at work. That doesn’t come as a big surprise to Matt Tenney, author of Serve to Be Great: Leadership Lessons from a Prison, a Monastery, and a Boardroom.


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Brick Around the World: Ghana

A brickmaker shares details regarding the processes and conditions he experiences in Ghana.
By Susan Sutton
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Isn’t Google great? The number-one search engine in the world enables us to locate even the most arcane information in the blink of an eye.


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Acoustically Measuring Polycrystalline Diamond Thickness

Wafer manufacturers can use acoustic imaging to measure the thickness of PCD inserts without sectioning the wafers.
By Tom Adams
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Various types of polycrystalline diamond (PCD) cutting tool inserts are made from a wafer in which tungsten carbide (WC) serves as a substrate. The PCD provides the hardness and durability that makes cutting possible, while the WC provides a strong base.


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Melt-Infiltrated Refractory Ceramic Matrix Composites

Melt infiltration processing can produce CMCs capable of withstanding ultra-high temperatures.
By Jerry Brockmeyer, Tim Stewart, and Brian Williams
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Refractory ceramic matrix composites (CMCs) are of considerable interest for a range of high-temperature and severe environment applications, including space and defense, and have potential for commercial and industrial applications that impose extreme thermal and environmental demands on materials.


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Materials Innovation: NRL Researchers Develop Harder Ceramic for Armor Windows

NRL's nanocrystalline spinel demonstrates that the hardness of transparent ceramics can be increased simply by reducing the grain size to 28 nm.
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The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) needs materials for armor windows that provide essential protection for both personnel and equipment while maintaining a high degree of transparency.


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Glass Innovation: Glass Aids in Award-Winning Event Space Renovation

A tinted glass roof protects an indoor terrace from sunlight and glare while improving the view.
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Dynamically tintable SageGlass®, a product of Saint-Gobain, was key in transforming a sweltering indoor open terrace in Philadelphia’s iconic Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts into an elegant, revenue-generating, glass-enclosed event space.


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Market Trends: Advanced and Nanoscale Ceramic Powders on the Rise

The global market for advanced and nanoscale ceramic powders is expected to grow to $12.1 billion by 2018.
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The global market for advanced and nanoscale ceramic powders is expected to grow to $12.1 billion by 2018, with a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.2%, according to “Advanced Ceramics and Nanoceramic Powders,” a recent report from BCC Research, a publisher of technology market research reports based in Wellesley, Mass.


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New Product Highlights: July 2014

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Linn High Therm, a leading manufacturer of industrial and lab furnaces since 1969, presents high-quality, high-temperature furnaces for universal heat treatment applications, graphitization, sintering and vacuum brazing in a variety of applications, including the glass and ceramic industry, nuclear industry, metal industry, and more.


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Rare Earths Worldwide

Rare earths supply and demand patterns will likely undergo several changes in the next few years.
By Nick Dellow and Ted Dickson
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The rare earths industry is in a state of transition. China, which currently dominates in the production and supply of rare earths, as well as in many downstream product areas, is being challenged by new producers from other regions.


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