MATERIALS:Solvay Advanced Polymers LLC’s AvaSpire® AV-700 Series is a new line of modified PEEK grades that fill the cost/performance gap between high-performance crystalline polymers (PPS, LCP and high-temperature nylon) and PEEK, an ultra-performance crystalline polymer. These proprietary PEEK-based formulations - available in unfilled, filled and wear-resistant grades - offer comparable strength and modulus, equivalent or better chemical resistance and up to a 30 percent cost reduction versus comparable PEEK grades. Targeted uses include applications in automotive, heavy-duty off-highway equipment, oil and gas recovery, semiconductors and chemical processing. The flagship material is AvaSpire® AV-722 BG 20, an unfilled resin that is the basis for most of the AV-700 series formulations. The line also consists of AvaSpire® AV-722 CF30, a 30 percent carbon fiber-reinforced grade, and three wear-resistant grades (AV-742 SL30, AV-722 SL30 and AV-755 SL45). Another grade, 40 percent glass-filled AvaSpire® AV-750 GF40, has been previously available.
If you see a hitchhiker along the road in Canada this summer, it may not be human. That’s because a robot is thumbing its way across our neighbor to the north as part of a collaborative research project by several Canadian universities.
Stanford University researchers have found a way to realize what’s been called the “Holy Grail” of battery-design research -- designing a pure lithium anode for lithium-based batteries. The design has great potential to provide unprecedented efficiency and performance in lithium-based batteries that could substantially drive down the cost of electric vehicles and solve the charging problems associated with smartphones.
Robots in films during the 2000s hit the big time; no longer are they the sidekicks of nerdy character actors. Robots we see on the big screen in recent years include Nicole Kidman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Eddie Murphy. Top star of the era, Will Smith, takes a spin as a robot investigator in I, Robot. Robots (or androids or cyborgs) are fully mainstream in the 2000s.
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