A newly developed ceramic foam can help clean up exhaust gases.
October 1, 2013
Next year’s Euro 6 exhaust-gas standard will make catalytic converters more expensive, especially for diesel vehicles. Researchers at Empa are working on a catalytic substrate made of ceramic foam which, because of its structure, is more efficient and thus more economical. In addition, the material also reportedly requires less noble metal coating.
Columbia Engineering researchers recently demonstrated that graphene, even if stitched together from many small crystalline grains, is almost as strong as graphene in its perfect crystalline form. This work resolves a contradiction between theoretical simulations, which predicted that grain boundaries can be strong, and earlier experiments, which indicated that they were much weaker than the perfect lattice.
Lady Liberty’s renovation was bolstered by fire-rated glass.
October 1, 2013
The Statue of Liberty National Monument reopened to the public featuring two new fire stairwells and an elevator that will allow visitors with reduced mobility (including—for the first time—those in wheelchairs) to look into the statue’s interior structure.
The improved business performance benefits resulting from employee engagement have been documented by many studies. Engaged employees go beyond what is required, find new ways to reduce costs or increase value, and are willing advocates for their companies.
An efficient furnace lining is key to reducing overall maintenance costs and ensuring that facilities run reliably without undue revenue loss due to downtime. These five tips can keep your furnace lining running efficiently.
The clays of the Red River Valley that cause structures to shift and buckle could actually hold the key to building better bones in humans.
September 3, 2013
Whether damaged by injury, disease or age, your body can’t create new bone—but science might be able to. Researchers at North Dakota State University (NDSU), Fargo, are making strides in tissue engineering, designing scaffolds that may lead to ways to regenerate bone.
Our annual R&D Lab Equipment and Instrumentation Directory helps you locate the best suppliers for your needs. This issue also includes articles focused on deformation and tension, materials characterization trends, non-destructive imaging, and more. Check it out!