16 March 2001
16 March 2001
Northwestern University researchers have become the first to image and analyze a class of nanostructures that are stronger and lighter than steel and that could be used in the transportation industry, possibly as hard coatings on gears to improve the efficiency of vehicles or as an oxidation-resistant outer coating for airplane windows.
Once developed fully, the nanostructures also could be embedded in other materials, such as polymers, to increase their strength. ""Knowledge of these exotic new structures will open the doors to making novel hard coatings for a variety of materials,"" said Laurence Marks, director of the new Center for Transportation Nanotechnology at Northwestern. ""Understanding the strengths and weaknesses of the BN nanostructures will enable us to make better materials at a reasonable cost.""
3M is adding Scotch-Weld Multi-Material Composite Urethane Adhesives DP6310NS and DP6330NS to its portfolio of structural adhesives. These products are designed for lightweight assemblies in trucks, buses, RVs, speciality vehicles and passenger rail, and other markets like sporting goods and panels.
Aimplas is participating in the European project Mat4Rail: Designing the Railway of the Future: Fire Resistant Composite Materials and Smart Modular Design.
ThermHex Waben and EconCore will exhibit at the IAA Commercial Vehicles exhibition in Hannover, Germany, on 20-27 September 2018.