One sign that the carbon nanotube market is heating up is the range of products that Nanocyl will be exhibiting at the Chinaplas International Exhibition from April 19-22 in Shanghai. Featured will be Nanocyl’s NC 7000 Thin Multiwall CNTs, which Nanocyl says are the most electrically conductive carbon nanotubes available today. Their small size and high aspect ratio lets them form a network of conductivity at a very low concentration.
The new PLASTICYL PEEK 1001 thermoplastic concentrates will also be exhibited. These materials provide either electrical conductivity or ESD protection, and are available in a several thermoplastic resins, including PC, PP, PA, POM and TPU. Established only in 2002, Nanocyl S.A., is installing a new reactor with a capacity of 400 metric tons/year for producing its NC 7000 carbon nanotube technologies. The new reactor, scheduled to come online in July, is located in Sambreville, Belgium.
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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