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Content tagged with Materials & Assembly posted in May 2012
Army Tests Lightweight Machine Gun
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5/30/2012  12 comments
The Army has contracted with Textron Systems to design a lighter-weight machine gun than the one currently used in Afghanistan.
Nylon 12 Replacements Include Bioplastics
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5/14/2012  13 comments
The worldwide nylon 12 shortage is forcing automakers and suppliers to look at alternative materials with chemical, heat, and salt resistance for quick connectors, multi-layer flexible tubing, and assemblies. Many of the replacement candidates are bio-based polyamides.
Conference Aims to Beef Up Power Plants
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5/8/2012  6 comments
Better materials for constructing electrical power plants, including a variety of alloys, are becoming increasingly important to their operation and have sparked a new international conference on the subject.
Military Designs Artillery Shells With Reactive Materials
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5/7/2012  12 comments
The Army's Advanced Materials Lab wants to use structured reactive materials to increase the destructive power of shells.
Navy Provides Sneak Peek of Next-Gen Warship
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5/2/2012  22 comments
The next-generation Navy warship, the DDG 1002 Zumwalk Class Warship, is being designed and built by General Dynamics' Bath Iron Works. It is expected to go on line in fiscal 2018.
Uniform Would Detect Wounds on the Battlefield
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5/1/2012  15 comments
The DoD is looking for a small business to design an intelligent soldier uniform that can monitor overall health and identify if and where a soldier has been wounded.




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