Chemical industry — Catalyst support and packed bed reactors.
Filtration — Size exclusion, molten metal filtration, high-temperature gas filtration.
Heat transfer — Radiant heater.
High-temperature kiln furniture — Sintering.
Absorption — Desiccants.
Ceramic matrix composites (CMC) — These structures can be filled with metal of choice to produce a metal matrix composite. In particular, it can be filled with high temperature performing alloys such as refractory alloys or Inconel.
Metal matrix composite (MMC) — Depending on the design, structures can be developed where the pore volume is more than 50 percent. In these cases, if the pores are filled with a metallic material through squeeze casting for example, then a MMC structure will be obtained.
Polymer matrix composite (PMC) — These materials are formed when the ordered structures are made from metallic or ceramic material and the pores are filled with a polymer.
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.