MATERIALS: If you are an engineer struggling with trying to come up with components that will perform multiple functions in challenging conditions, check out rubber’s capability to bond to a variety of substrates, eliminate parts and lower assembly costs. Robinson Rubber Products has a new 10-page guide titled Rubber Polymer & Material Selection Guide which is full of technical information on more than 15 categories of rubber polymers and materials. Information includes hardness and temperature ranges, as well as the performance advantages and limitations for each category. This guide will quickly allow you to create a “short list” of potential polymers for your application.
The Dutch are known for their love of bicycling, and they’ve also long been early adopters of green-energy and smart-city technologies. So it seems fitting that a town in which painter Vincent van Gogh once lived has given him a very Dutch-like tribute -- a bike path lit by a special smart paint in the style of the artist's “Starry Night” painting.
For decades, engineers have worked to combat erosion by developing high-strength alloys, composites, and surface coatings. However, in a new paper, a team at Jilin University in China turned to one of the most deadly animals in the world for inspiration -- the yellow fat-backed scorpion.
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