Welcome to the July 2019 edition of CeramicsNews, a round-up of ceramics news that has caught our eye this month.
GE Recognized by the American Ceramics Society for World First Commercializing CMCs in Aircraft Engines
The American Ceramics Society has awarded the 2019 Corporate Technical Achievement Award to GE for the successful commercialization of its CMCs (Ceramic Matrix Composites) into jet engines. With part temperature tolerances 300 degrees higher vs. metal and durability to match, CMCs are enabling engines to be run with lower emissions, fuel burn and higher thrust. Read more here.
NASA Funds Demo of 3D-Printed Spacecraft Parts Made in Orbit
NASA has awarded a $73.7 million contract to Made In Space Inc of Mountain View, California, to demonstrate the ability of a small spacecraft, called Archinaut One, to manufacture and assemble spacecraft components in low-Earth orbit. The in-space robotic manufacturing and assembly technologies could be important for America’s Moon to Mars exploration approach. Read more.
JV Agreed Between NGK Spark Plug and Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems
NGK Spark Plug and Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems have agreed the establishment of a joint venture and the operation of a company to manufacture and sell cylindrical cell stacks as the power generating elements found in solid oxide fuel cells. Cylindrical fuel stacks are structures of laminate elements of fuel electrodes, electrolytes, and air electrodes on the outer surface of a high strength ceramic substrate tube, which produce a power generating reaction. Find out more.
Hollow Fibre Ceramic Membranes Used to Extract Pigment from Algae
CoorsTek and industrial water treatment company Deltapore recently supplied hollow fibre ceramic membrane separation technology to considerably ramp up a customer’s production of natural blue pigment. The pigment, phycocyanin, is extracted from spirulina algae. The value-added phycocyanin pigment is used in biodiesel and biogas as well as pharmaceutical, skin-care, cosmetic and food applications. Read more.
Sibelco Acquires Macoglass
Sibelco has acquired Macoglass, a glass recycler located close to Milan. The Macoglass plants cover an area of over 50,000m², with well advanced technologies for the authorised processing of 210,000 tons per year of various kinds of glass cullet intended for recycling by the glass industry, thereby saving on raw materials and energy. Sibelco said its customers face substantial challenges to secure secondary raw materials in the Italian market and the Macoglass acquisition would allow it to address this. Learn more.
Lucideon to run 'Refractories for the Glass Industry' Training Course
Part of Lucideon's suite of refractories training, the 'Refractories for the Glass Industry' two-day course will run on 9 & 10 October at the company's headquarters in Stoke-on-Trent, UK. The module will cover glass furnaces on day one and regenerators on day two, looking at the parts, conditions, requirements and refractory types required. Find out more and book here.
Superior Technical Ceramics Helps Launch New Era of Space Navigation
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has been steadily improving and miniaturizing the mercury-ion trap atomic clock, preparing it to operate in the harsh environment of deep space, and Superior Technical Ceramics (STC) has played an important role. The STC team has created a custom-crafted technical ceramics tube. Read more.
Design Tips For Silicon Nitride Ceramics
International Syalons has posted a blog that it hopes will give some useful insights into the complexities and benefits of designing with silicon nitride ceramics. It can provide value-added solutions to experts in a range of professions and demanding industrial sectors. Silicon nitride (Si3N4) ceramics occupy a storied niche in the history of engineering materials, rising from relative obscurity in the early days of the industrial era to become one of the most important technical-grade ceramics available today. Find out more.
H.C. Starck Posts Sales Increase With New Structure
H.C. Starck, one of the leading manufacturers of customer-specific powders and components made from technology metals and advanced ceramics, has posted a significant increase in sales for 2018. Total sales stood at €691.7 million which, when adjusted to account for the sale during the year of two divisions, rose by 23%, to €581.7 million. The most important external success factor was the positive economic environment in the end industries. Enhanced sales efforts, advances in technology and productive cost initiatives also made key contributions to this success. Read more.
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