• Partners to Develop 3D Concrete Printing for Construction

    Sweden-based construction and development firm Skanska and UK-based Loughborough University have agreed to develop the use of 3D printing in construction. The agreement allows Skanska to license 3D concrete printing technology developed through research at the university.

  • FAA Wins Ruling in Drone Aircraft Case

    The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has the power to hold drone operators accountable when they operate a remote-control aircraft recklessly, a federal safety board ruled November 18.

  • Boeing Signs Long-term Carbon Fiber Deal for 777x and 787 Aircraft

    Japan's Toray Industries says it will be the sole supplier of carbon fiber for Boeing Co's 777X passenger jet in addition to the 787 Dreamliner. Reuters says the deal is likely to exceed $8.6 billion for both planes. Engineering360 recently reported on the carbon fiber market and cited an IHS

  • China Plans for Nuclear Power Growth

    China's nuclear generating capacity is set to triple over the next six years, according to an energy development plan published by the State Council.

  • Unlocking the Electrical Potential of 1D Interfaces

    A recent study by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory has, for the first time, made direct observations of a one-dimensional boundary separating two different, atom-thin materials.

  • ASTM Standard Would Promote Consistent Roller Design for Fiber Reinforced Concrete Tests

    Laboratories that conduct beam tests on fiber reinforced concrete are encouraged to join in the development of a new ASTM International standard, ASTM WK42757, Practice for Design of Supporting Rollers to Be Used in Fiber Reinforced Concrete Beam Tests.

  • GE Marks 25,000th Wind Turbine Installation

    GE says it installed its 25,000th wind turbine installation in early November. The company says it now has more than 38 gigawatts (GW) of installed wind turbines around the world. GE reached the milestone during the installation of a 2.75-103 wind turbine with wind developer Energiekontor.

  • Carbon Fiber Faces Long Road to Adoption in Automotive, Energy Industries

    One of the most common ways to improve energy efficiency in transportation is "lightweighting," or making a vehicle lighter by using less dense materials that offer the same strength as metals.

  • Katharine Morgan Tapped as New ASTM President

    The Board of ASTM has elected Katharine E. Morgan, currently vice president of technical committee operations, to succeed James Thomas, who plans to retire on Feb. 1, 2017. Morgan will assume the position of ASTM executive vice president on March 1, 2015.

  • Post-Fukushima Japan Looks to Water to Solve Energy Issues

    The March 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident damaged Japan’s energy infrastructure and caused the country to shut down the majority of its nuclear reactors and accelerate investment in renewable energy to close the resultant power gap.

  • Power Supply Consortium Agrees on Standards

    Three power supply manufacturers – CUI Inc., Ericsson Power Modules and Murata Manufacturing Co. Ltd. – have come together to define common mechanical, electrical and even software specifications for the architecture of a standard end-to-end distributed power conversion system.

  • Shape Changing Aircraft Wings

    Shape changing aircraft wings using compliant materials can improve aerodynamic efficiency, resulting in fuel savings and noise reduction.

  • Daniel Yergin to Keynote 30th World Petrochemical Conference

    Pulitzer-Prize winning author and energy historian Daniel Yergin, Ph.D., will join industry, technology and financial leaders, along with other leading experts from IHS, at the IHS Chemical 30th Annual World Petrochemical Conference (WPC) and Workshops, March 24 – 27, 2015.

  • Final Floodgates Arrive at Panama Canal Expansion

    The final four floodgates that will be used to expand the Panama Canal arrived from Italy on Nov. 12, putting the $5.25-billion project on track for completion in early 2016, around a year behind schedule.

  • 3D Printing and House Construction

    In Amsterdam Dus Architects has begun construction of a 3D printed house on the side of a canal; in China 3D printers being used to produce houses from a mixture of cement and construction waste; while in the U.S. a man has printed a concrete castle in his back garden.

  • EU Agrees 40% Cut in Domestic Greenhouse Emissions by 2030

    The European Union (EU) agreed on Oct. 23 to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% domestically in a deal that will see all 28 Member States commit to emission reductions.

  • Membrane Technology and Industrial Applications: A Promising Future?

    Membrane technology like pervaporation (PV) and membrane filtration has been getting a lot of attention in the industry because of its energy efficiency and ability to break azeotropic systems.

  • New Standard for Amusement Railway Ride Tracks

    Many people love riding on a train, even if it’s a miniature scale ride at an amusement park. A new ASTM International standard will ensure that the tracks for such rides are built soundly. The new standard is ASTM F2960.

  • Nuclear Power Plant Enters Service in China

    Unit 1 of the Fuqing nuclear power plant in China's Fujian province has reached full generating capacity. Meanwhile, first concrete could soon be poured at the plant's fifth unit, the Hualong One reactor, according to the World Nuclear Association.

  • Spending Cuts Will Lead to Greater Flood Risk: NOA Report

    The Strategic Flood Risk Management report published by the UK National Audit Office (NOA) says there is a risk of flood defenses deteriorating in areas where their maintenance is given a low priority – typically in areas with fewer homes.


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