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Corrosion and Composites Headlines, May 1 - 15

May 16, 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 May.


Japanese nano-film coating keeps motorcycles shiny
This new film helps motorcycle exhaust pipes remain heat- and corrosion-resistant for longer periods of time.

New Biomaterial Impedes Bacteria on Metal Surfaces
Researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) have developed an innovative anti-biofilm coating, which has significant anti-adhesive potential for a variety of medical and industrial applications.

Scientists hope corrosion research prevents another Flint, Mich.
To prevent another Flint, Mich., researchers at Binghamton University have been working to better understand the process of corrosion.

Investigators say they've found evidence of corrosion on a welded joint of a natural gas pipeline that exploded in Pennsylvania last week, damaging homes and burning a resident
The federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration says the cause of the blast remains unknown, but the corrosion indicates a "possible flaw" in the coating material applied to welded joints.

Encapsulating Technology Protects over 500 Flanges
A gas supplier in Oman sought an alternative solution for over 500 flanges on the site and decided to use a two-part hybrid polymer encapsulating membrane system from Belzona Polymerics, Ltd. to protect the flanges against corrosion. This flexible and peelable coating was chosen because it would completely encapsulate the flanges, regardless of their size or shape, and protect them from moisture as well as crevice, galvanic, and atmospheric corrosion.

Yacht Safety: Oxygen Deprivation Corrosion (aka severe pitting)
"... someone will likely say that all yachts are inspected annually by qualified marine surveyors, before insurance policies are issued, and this ensures their integrity. Wrong!"

Could faster gas flow have contributed to Westmoreland pipeline blast?
The faster gas flow from the compressor about 1½ miles upline could have caused corrosion inside the 30-inch diameter pipeline, according to two environmental organizations that have tracked recent expansion and operation of gas pipelines.

Keep corrosion under control
Depending on the process conditions, the choice of materials, the structural details of the installation and the equipment, and the state of maintenance, corrosion should never be allowed to happen. When corrosion does happen, it is difficult to deal with because it affects the way the equipment operates.

Shape memory composite self-healing coatings for corrosion protection
A group of international researchers prepared a shape memory composite (SMC) coating with a self-healing ability by a facile method based on a thermoresponsive shape memory polymer (SMP) that utilized carnauba wax microparticles as the healing agent.


The Workforce Dilemma
Companies struggle to attract and train qualified employees, while job seekers bemoan the lack of solid career options. How can the composites industry bridge the gap?

Six 3D Printing Processes for Prototyping: Which is Right for You?
These days there are so many 3D printing processes available for prototyping that it can be difficult to decide between them. Here’s a look at the range of 3D printing technologies used for prototyping.

UK deal announced for the manufacture of structural composites from recycled plastic waste, including Ecotrax® railway sleepers.
Sicut Enterprises and Regain Polymers are excited to announce the signing of an exclusive agreement for the European manufacture of Sicut’s unique structural recycled plastic composites, including its market leading railway sleeper, Ecotrax®. "This partnership will clearly demonstrate how the UK can turn Today’s waste into Tomorrows infrastructure."

Futuristic Army Aircraft with Composites Could Replace Black Hawk
According to Aviation Week, the V-280’s “major components” are its carbon fiber wing, prop rotor gearbox and composite yoke for the rotor hub. All of these elements helped cut overall weight and cost for the helicopter.

Cashing in on affordable composites
"Whether the challenge is for greater fuel efficiency or emissions reduction, or whether your vehicle is fossil fueled, or electrically powered, keeping “m” (mass) as low as possible in Newtonian calculations, has become the norm for today’s engineers."

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