For composites users, the latest weapon in the war against
corrosion can be found on the World Wide Web. The Composite Polymers Division of
Ashland Specialty Chemical Company (Dublin, OH) has launched a "corrosion
resource center" at www.hetron.com to help
engineers pick the right resin for corrosive environments.
At the heart of the resource center is an on-line edition of the
company's Hetron and Aropol Resin Selection Guide. In addition to materials
property data, it compiles corrosion-resistance data for fiberglass reinforced
plastics in 1,800 chemical environments. The data in the guide has been culled
from field and laboratory (ASTM C581) studies of FRP performance. And because
the guide ties into the company's corrosion database, its information stays
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.