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Meridian partners with U.K. university for new magnesium manufacturing methods

January 17, 2017

Meridian Lightweight Technologies, Plymouth, Mich., announces that Birmingham City University, England, has signed an exclusive partnership with Meridian, the world's largest producer of magnesium components, to showcase magnesium as a viable alternative for luxury car makers and the aerospace industry.

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3D optical microscope provides high combined lateral and vertical resolution

January 17, 2017

Bruker Corp., Billerica, Mass., reports that its Contour Elite 3D optical microscopes provide the high sensitivity and stability necessary for precision 3D surface measurements in applications and environments that are challenging for other metrology systems, such as R&D applications within the semiconductor and MEMS markets.

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NTS acquires Chesapeake Testing for its ballistic testing capabilities

January 17, 2017

National Technical Systems, Calabasas, Calif., announces that it has acquired Chesapeake Testing, which specializes in testing ballistic and armor protection systems.

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Ultralight auto door made of aluminum, polymers, and electronic latch system

January 17, 2017

Magna International Inc., Troy, Mich., in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Energy and partners FCA US and Grupo Antolin, announces that the team has developed an ultralight auto door that achieves the project objective of 42.5% mass savings over an average current production door.

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One Minute Mentor: Radio-Frequency Plasma

January 16, 2017

Glow-discharge plasma nitriding is carried out in nitrogen-hydrogen atmospheres at pressures in the range of 100 to 1000. At pressures below 10 Pa, the glow-discharge technique is not used, but plasma can still be generated by radio-frequency (RF) excitation, microwave energy, or electrons produced by a heated filament.

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Columns made of concrete reinforced with Nitinol rods support bridge in Seattle

January 16, 2017

The University of Nevada, Reno, announces that its engineers have designed bridge columns made of a flexible concrete reinforced with Nitinol rods to resist collapse during earthquakes.

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Nitinol-based engine converts waste hot water into electricity

January 16, 2017

Exergyn, Dublin, Ireland, has created a new engine called the Exergyn Drive, which turns waste hot water into electricity by means of Nitinol, which undergoes a phase transition when heated and reverts to its original shape when cooled.

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Magnesium-scandium alloys show superelastic and shape memory properties

January 16, 2017

Tohoku University, Japan, announces that a newly discovered magnesium-scandium alloy with a bcc structure shows a martensitic transformation and exhibits the superelastic effect at −150°C (−238°F).

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NIST awards $12 million to MEP centers in 11 states to support manufacturers

January 15, 2017

The National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, Md., announces that its Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program has awarded a total of nearly $12 million in first-year funding to 11 organizations that will operate MEP centers in Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Carolina, and Wyoming.

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Heat treating conference/exhibition in England

January 13, 2017

The UK's Contract Heat Treatment Association will again be partnering with the Surface Engineering Association and Wolfson Heat Treatment Centre in co-sponsoring the second "Surface Engineering & Heat Treatment Industry Conference/Exhibition" on October 13.

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