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Corrosion and Composites Headlines, June 1 - 17

June 17, 2016

In order to stay on top of the latest industry news, we’re always scouring the web for articles on corrosion and composites. Here are the interesting articles we found during the first half of June, 2016.

Corrosion

Corrosion of Steel in Concrete and Its Prevention in Aggressive Chloride-Bearing Environments
This keynote paper deals with the durability of reinforced concrete (RC) structures exposed to aggressive environments characterized by high concentration of chloride ions, namely, marine environments or the use of de-icing salts. The mechanism of chloride-induced corrosion of steel in concrete is introduced, and its influence on the service life of RC structures is analyzed.

British Steel launches corrosion-resistant rails
The new rail is designed for installation in harsh environments such as coastal railways exposed to salt water, salt pans, wet tunnels, level crossings and mineral lines.

Focus on corrosion prevention to save cost and energy
While worldwide direct cost of corrosion is estimated at over $ 2.2 trillion, 25-40% of corrosion cost could be saved with effective techniques, says CII-CMC

Corrosion under insulation – how coatings technology is tackling a costly industry problem
Corrosion under insulation (CUI) is one of the biggest day-to-day problems facing the petrochemical industry today.

A boost for steel: A smarter and safer way to tackle corrosion
A team from Swansea University which is developing a new 'smart release' corrosion inhibitor, for use in coated steel products, has won the Materials Science Venture Prize awarded by The Worshipful Company of Armourers and Brasiers.

Composites

Mantis Shrimp Inspires Next Generation of Composites
New findings from researchers at Purdue University and the University of California Riverside, revealing the structure of a mantis shrimp’s impact-resistant claw, also known as a “dactyl club,” are inspiring the development of advanced materials for potential applications in body armor, helmets and components for buildings and cars.

Liquid by-products from wood and forest industry find use in wood-plastic composites
A novel method for adding liquid by-products from the wood industry into wood-plastic composites (WPCs) prior to manufacturing was developed in a new study from Finland. The study also discovered that proton-transfer-reaction mass-spectrometry (PTR-MS) is a suitable method for measuring the amounts of volatile organic compounds, VOCs, released from WPCs.

Process innovation now the focus of the composites industry
The talk was once all about the possibilities but this year that turned firmly on the practicalities. While the composites industry has always been inextricably linked to lightweight parts, this year’s show was keen to highlight that high volume composite parts aren’t a pipe dream, but a production ready reality.

Rice husk and polymer composite wood alternative makes its way into laminates
Klöckner Pentaplast has introduced Pentadecor films made of Resysta, a rice husk and polymer composite film. It is anticipated the material could be put to use on exterior surfaces.

Halide perovskite composites enable next-generation fully printable LEDs
A novel process obtains high-performing single-layer perovskite LEDs that can be fabricated easily and economically in ambient conditions.

Chicago Architecture Studio to Create World’s First Free-Form 3D-Printed House
Chicago-based design consultant WATG’s Urban Architecture Studio won first prize in Branch Technology’s Freeform Home Design Challenge, a competition to design the world’s first free-form 3-D-printed house.

Owens Corning opens advanced manufacturing plan in North Carolina
This major investment supports the company’s participation in the growth of the growing non-wovens glass fiber market, particularly the North American construction segment.

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