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Content tagged with Materials & Assembly posted in April 2012
Video: 'Batman Hook' Elevates BYU Students
4/27/2012  13 comments
Engineering students at Brigham Young University have built a "Batman-like" ascension hook as part of an Air Force Research Lab competition.
Shockwaves Caused Crash of DARPA Hypersonic Aircraft
4/26/2012  15 comments
Stronger than expected shockwaves on the outer shell of a hypersonic vehicle designed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) caused it to crash during a test flight last year.
Air Force Designs Unmanned Lightweight Aircraft for NASA
4/24/2012  10 comments
The Air Force Research Laboratory is developing a new unmanned airplane to test the effect of air flow on flexible wings.
Boeing Completes Flight Using Biofuel
4/20/2012  40 comments
A 787 Dreamliner flight across the Pacific Ocean used a combination of biofuel and jet fuel.
Plexiglas Gets Performance 'Rnewal'
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4/19/2012  33 comments
A crystal clear, transparent version of Plexiglas with superior strength has been formulated by combining Altuglas' polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) with NatureWorks' Ingeo biopolymer.
Bio-Based Vinyls May Cost Less
4/17/2012  26 comments
Vinyl compounds that incorporate bio-based plasticizers to make them flexible are equal or better in performance to their traditional counterparts based on petrochemicals, but may be more cost-effective.
Navy Developing Shipshape Titanium Welding
4/16/2012  11 comments
Researchers are exploring the use of titanium in shipbuilding through a Navy-funded project that leverages a welding technique called "friction stir welding."
Boeing's 737 Max Targets Fuel Efficiency
4/13/2012  17 comments
Boeing’s next-generation airliner has several design features geared toward fuel efficiency, including an extended tail cone and updates to flight and electronics controls.
Innovative Fasteners Beat the Heat
4/12/2012  11 comments
Coupling thinner alloys without shearing is a big win for automotive and aerospace apps.
Amphibious Plane Skis on Composites
4/4/2012  26 comments
Composites form the structure of the AKOYA skiplane, which can land on water, dry land, or snow.

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