Bombardier, the Canadian transportation company, is taking a close look at new aluminum-lithium alloys for its C-Series Aircraft under development. Under particular study is the 2099 grade for use as extrusions for internal structure and 2199 sheet and plate for fuselages and lower wring applications. The new alloys reduce weight and improve performance of aircraft. The new planes aren’t expected to take flight until 2013. One potential customer is China Aviation Corp., a development partner with Bombardier.
Although plastics make up only about 11% of all US municipal solid waste, many are actually more energy-dense than coal. Converting these non-recycled plastics into energy with existing technologies could reduce US coal consumption, as well as boost domestic energy reserves, says a new study.
This year's Dupont-sponsored WardsAuto survey of automotive designers and other engineers shows lightweighting dominates the discussion. But which materials will help them meet the 2025 CAFE standards are not entirely clear.
Artificially created metamaterials are already appearing in niche applications like electronics, communications, and defense, says a new report from Lux Research. How quickly they become mainstream depends on cost-effective manufacturing methods, which will include additive manufacturing.
SpaceX has 3D printed and successfully hot-fired a SuperDraco engine chamber made of Inconel, a high-performance superalloy, using direct metal laser sintering (DMLS). The company's first 3D-printed rocket engine part, a main oxidizer valve body for the Falcon 9 rocket, launched in January and is now qualified on all Falcon 9 flights.
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