Featuring minimum tensile strength levels of between 1,000 and 1,400 MPa, a series of new cold-rolled ultra-high-strength steels combine superior performance with low weight. Named Docol UHS, the new steels are particularly applicable to the automotive industry. Their high energy-absorbing properties, for example, make them useful as structural members and for components used in a car's crumple zone. Jan-Olof Sperle, research manager for SSAB Swedish Steel, points out that "the steel is hardened before leaving the factory. Consequently, industries using these steels no longer require their own warm-up plants and hardening furnaces." Cutting, shaping, and welding, he adds, are achieved with traditional methods. The Docol UHS series consists of three standard steels: Docol 1000 DP, Docol 1200 DP, and Docol 1400 DP. Numbers relate to maximum loads measured in megapascals, MPa. For further information call Roy Johansson at +46-243-700-00
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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