Welcome to the September 2020 edition of CeramicsNews, a round-up of ceramics news that caught our eye this month.
Plastic Ceramic Films to Improve Safety of Modern Nuclear Energy
An innovative nanoceramic coating aims to reduce the risk of nuclear accidents like 2011’s Fukushima Daiichi disaster in Japan. The EU-funded PLASTICERA project is developing the new nanoceramic coating. The solution has the potential to drastically reduce the chances of an accident in a conventional light-water nuclear reactor (LWR). Find out more.
Transforming Foundation Industries Technical Challenge Webinar Series
KTN is running a short series of webinars, from 30 September to 11 November, to address which technologies will help the foundation industries to become more competitive while reducing their environmental impact. At each of these attendees will be given the opportunity to either help define the technology needs or to offer solutions. The events will be structured to bring out the common opportunities in the different TFI sectors (Cement, Ceramics, Chemicals, Glass, Metals and Paper). They are aimed at all companies, equipment suppliers and research organisations with an interest in innovation in the TFI sector. Find out more.
Ceramics Expo Connect Virtual Event Week
The Ceramics Expo Connect virtual event week gave the worldwide ceramics community the opportunity to source the latest products and solutions, hear from the people setting the agenda and share ideas with fellow professionals. The sessions are now available to view on-demand. Access them here.
NAS Battery Enables Megawatt-Hour Energy Storage
NGK Insulators, Ltd. has developed a NAS battery, based on its unique advanced ceramic technology, that realizes a stable supply of renewable energy. By supplying the world's first fully proven energy storage system, especially for long duration application, NGK is aiming to contribute to reducing the global environmental load. Read more here.
Lucideon to Work with the STFC Hartree Centre to Accelerate the Development of Novel Ceramics
Lucideon has announced that it is working with the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Hartree Centre to explore the accelerated discovery and development of novel ceramics through computer modelling. Part-funded by STFC’s Bridging for Innovators (B4I) programme, with in-kind funding by Lucideon, the project will assess the potential to significantly accelerate the product development cycle of novel ceramics by reducing the time and the amount of experimental work involved. Read more.
Technique Could Enable Better Custom Ceramic Fabrication
Ceramic structures filled with tiny macroscopic pores play an important role in industrial and biomedical products, but they’re also notoriously difficult to fabricate. A Cornell researcher, Sadaf Sobhani, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, has developed a manufacturing technique to introduce a new level of precision to porous ceramic materials, opening a new realm of possibilities for their application. The technique uses a combination of computational modeling, porous structure design and 3D printing to precisely customize the porous network. Find out more here.
The First Ceramic Manufacturing Facility in Space
Aboard a Northrop Grumman International Space Station (ISS) resupply mission will be Made In Space’s Turbine Ceramic Manufacturing Module (aka CMM), a commercial ceramic turbine blisk manufacturing device that uses 3D printing technology to produce detailed parts that require a high degree of production accuracy. Find out more here.
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