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GlobalSpec: DirectU2 Glass, Ceramics, Fibers & Fabrics
May 27, 2010 Upcoming e-Events
Industry Trends & Events . . .
Pedal to the Metal for Nonwovens

Pedal to the Metal for NonwovensThe U.S. auto market may be creeping along in the slow lane, but growth in worldwide vehicle ownership is expected to surge by 2020, with 1 billion vehicles on the road, according to GM technical analysts at a recent engineered fabrics symposium on the "Future of Personal Transportation." This is great news for makers of nonwoven materials, who will supply upwards of 20 square yards of fabric for each vehicle that rolls off the assembly line. Countries that will experience the biggest gains in auto ownership are Russia, Brazil, India, and China. But nonwovens makers will need to innovate, producing lighter, more durable and sustainable fabrics made from recycled or natural fibers and lighter composites.

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Quality You Can See and Precision You Can Measure
PremaTech Advanced Ceramics

Quality You Can See and Precision You Can Measure PremaTech Advanced Ceramics of Worcester, MA has earned a reputation for quality and precision in its 30 years of fabricating complex parts and simple shapes to customer specifications. Whether it's a technical ceramic, an ultrahard material, or your custom formulation/composite let us help you meet your design goals.

Refractory Sheet Type RS-100
 

ZIRCAR Refractory Composites, Inc.

Refractory Sheet Type RS-100 ZIRCAR Refractory Sheet Type RS-100 is a ceramic fiber reinforced structural alumina composite with useful properties to 1260 C. Exceptional flexural and compressive strengths in the range of high temperature reinforced plastics such as G-7 and G-10 laminates and retains strength and utility to levels far exceeding maximum use temperatures of plastics.

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Progress Heats Up on Ultrahigh-temperature Ceramics

Progress Heats Up on Ultrahigh-temperature Ceramics Two university scientists are working hard to develop ultrahigh-temperature ceramics for spacecraft that haven't even yet been created. Ceramics that can withstand intense heat of 1,600 C to 3,000 C will shape these future hypersonic aircraft so they can safely enter and exit the upper atmosphere at speeds of Mach 5 or faster. Surprisingly, clues to these futuristic ceramics are being uncovered in research dating back to the Cold War era, as explained in this video.

Superplastic Ceramics: Shape of Things to Come

Superplastic Ceramics: Shape of Things to Come Researchers at North Carolina State University have discovered that by applying a small electric field to a crystalline material such as ceramics, the material becomes superplastic, meaning it can be reshaped using very little force. In fact, electricity from a conventional wall socket when applied to the ceramic, would be sufficient to deform or reshape the material. The finding, if it can be commercialized, could result in huge energy savings for manufacturers of all types of ceramics.

Industrial Fibers . . .
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Nanotube Fiber Floats Boat

Nanotube Fiber Floats Boat A U.S. company has launched the largest-ever boat made entirely of nanotube reinforced carbon fiber. Dubbed the Piranha USV, the unmanned surface vessel is composed of Arovex, a proprietary nano-enhanced material from Zyvex Performance Materials. The 54 ft. watercraft weighs only 8,000 lbs. but can carry a payload of 15,000 lbs. more than 2,500 miles. The vessel has a range of military, harbor patrol, and rescue applications.

Super Fiber "Rigs" Yacht Races

Super Fiber 'Rigs' Yacht Races Yacht racing teams are getting an added boost in rigging performance from ropes made of a new Dyneema® yarn, SK90. Dyneema is 15 times stronger than steel on a weight-for-weight basis and 30% lighter than conventional ropes made of aramid and other synthetics. Designed for extreme performance, ropes made of the stretch-resistant SK90 offer increased control and less energy absorption, allowing precise trim control. As shown in this video, the lighter weight is a key factor in yacht speed and performance.

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High-temperature Ceramic Adhesives
Aremco Products, Inc.

High-temperature Ceramic Adhesives Aremco's high-temperature ceramic adhesives are unique inorganic formulations for bonding and sealing ceramics, metals, quartz, graphites, textiles, and composite materials used in design, process, and maintenance applications to 3200 F. These advanced materials enable engineers to solve problems that were impossible previously using conventional epoxies and other organic-based products.

Fabric Improves Filter Media Performance
Midwesco Filter Resources, Inc.

Fabric Improves Filter Media Performance  Midwesco's Tandem® felts improve filter media performance and have saved owners of pulse-jet baghouses money by decreasing compressed air usage, while increasing the dust collection efficiency over traditional felts. Our Meteor® fabrics utilize basalt fibers to increase the strength retention of conventional fabrics by over 300%.

Engineered Fabrics . . .
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Smart Fabric Detects Soil Erosion

Smart Fabric Detects Soil Erosion Imagine being able to monitor and prevent soil erosion, eliminating landslides that close highways and beaches that disappear into the sea. That possibility is closer to reality thanks to two companies who have teamed up to develop a real-time monitoring fabric. Called GeoDetect, the sensor-embedded fabric allows constant monitoring for soil erosion, ground movement, and other physical changes when used to reinforce slopes, walls, levees, and other earth structures.

Auxetic Anti-blast Material Ready to Roll

Auxetic Anti-blast Material Ready to Roll Commercial production of auxetics — materials that become fatter when stretched and thinner when compressed — is moving ahead in applications in blast-containment and ballistic protection. Product development is underway to manufacture and market Zetix™, a first-generation anti-blast material engineered and tested in the UK. Through auxetic technology, the strength, thickness, and other properties of a material can be automatically adjusted in response to blast waves, projectiles, shrapnel, and other stimuli.

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Electronically Tintable Glass Wins Support

Electronically Tintable Glass Wins Support A breakthrough in electronically tintable glass has won notice, and financial backing, from the U.S. Department of Energy. SageGlass®, developed by Minnesota-based Sage Electrochromics Inc., is a unique window glass that can be switched from clear to darkly tinted and back at the push of a button. The manufacturing process uses regular glass coated with layers of metal oxides. A low-voltage current is shot through the coatings, which allows the manufacturer to manipulate how the glass absorbs or reflects light and heat from the sun.

Swell Glass Absorbs Water Toxins

Swell Glass Absorbs Water Toxins Absorbent glass may prove to be a key solution in cleaning up future oil spills and other water contamination. Ohio-based Absorbent Materials has developed a product called Obsorb, a "swelling glass" that actually captures volatile molecules like hydrocarbons and pervasive solvents in water without absorbing the water itself. The technology involves a revolutionary class of reactive glass and engineered sands.

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Technical Ceramic Parts
Superior Technical Ceramics Corp.

Technical Ceramic Parts Celebrating over 100-years of manufacturing excellence in the field of Ceramic Technology.

STC has complete in-house capabilities to design, engineer, tool and manufacture technical ceramics to customer requirements. We specialize in prototype through production quantities of ceramic parts used in thermal shock, wear, corrosion and electrical insulation applications.

Glass Tubing Properties and Applications
SCHOTT North America, Inc. — Tubing

Glass Tubing Properties and Applications IR absorbing, or UV transmitting? Chemically resistant or electrically insulating? Suitable for heat exchangers or fiber optics? Use this helpful tool to define your requirements and determine which glass formulation meets your application needs. Schott's Tubing Product Selector offers in depth information about quantative properties.

Careers & Commentary . . .
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Think Twice Before Starting Your PhD

Think Twice Before Starting Your PhD You may want to think twice before pursuing your PhD in engineering. Why? A recently published study found that the greatest lack in the American scientific labor market is not a shortage of top talent, as we're always told, but a lack of job opportunities for the 30,000 scientists and engineers who earn PhDs from U.S. universities every year. A big part of the problem is academia itself.

Diversions . . .
Don't Throw Those Socks in the Laundry!

Don't Throw Those Socks in the Laundry! If you or a family member suffer from athlete's foot, it's best not to toss those socks in the laundry basket with everyone else's clothes. A study by Germany's Hohenstein Institute for Hygiene and Biotechnology shows that fungus spores associated with athlete's foot can be transferred from one textile surface to another. Moreover, lower washing temperatures have no effect on skin fungi. Only laundry washed at 60 C (140 F) emerged totally clean of any verifiable fungus spores on the tested textiles. Yuck!

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Volume 4 - Issue 3 - 03/22/2012
Flat Glass - Sheet Glass Washer; Medical Device Glass and Ceramic Components; High Temperature Insulation Boards; Carbon-carbon Composites
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Complex Ceramic Assemblies for Surgical/Medical; Ceramic Thermal Spray Powders; Fury 404 High Impact Tank Washers; Residential Stainless Steel Sinks; Plasti-Grit Stripping Abrasive...; Paint Circulation Equipment
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Volume 3 - Issue 12 - 12/22/2011
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Volume 3 - Issue 11 - 11/23/2011
Ceramics for Composite Armor Protection Systems; Advanced Furnaces for Technical Ceramics; Custom Spray Washers; Gravity Feed Spray Gun for Automotive/Industrial
Volume 3 - Issue 10 - 10/27/2011
Woven Mesh Industrial Fabrics; Carbide Spiral Burr Tool for Carbon Graphite; Thermoplastic Products for the Military/Defense; Medical Device Glass and Ceramic Components; PlasmaDyne in Air Plasma Treatment Systems; Carbon-carbon Composites
Volume 3 - Issue 9 - 09/22/2011
Innovative Rotary Furnaces for Advanced Materials; Humidity and Temperature Controlled Rooms and Chambers; Glass Melt Furnaces; Accelerated UV Testing for Textiles; Increase Porosity with Walnut Shell; Automatic Carbon Fiber Testing; Ceramic Thermal Spray Powders; PEEK Drawn Fiber
Volume 3 - Issue 8 - 08/25/2011
Carbon Fiber Cutting Service; Textiles - Heat Processing Applications; High Efficiency Infrared for Process Drying; Humidity and Temperature â?? Textile Conditioning Unit; Highly Adaptable, Fully Automatic Pycnometry System; Textile Testing
Volume 3 - Issue 7 - 07/28/2011
Innovative Rotary Furnaces for Advanced Materials; Metallized Ceramics with MolyMag. Mo/Mn.; Aremcolox 502-600 Machinable Glass-ceramic; Ceramic Thermal Spray Powders; Hermetic Feedthroughs, Glass-to-Metal Seals; Medical Device Glass and Ceramic Components; PEEK Drawn Fiber; Automatic Carbon Fiber Testing
Volume 3 - Issue 6 - 06/23/2011
Ceramics for Composite Armor Protection Systems; PYROID Pyrolytic Graphite; Low-cost Surface Area and Porosity Results; Micro Machining of Ultra Hard Materials; Woven Mesh Industrial Fabrics; Carbide Spiral Burr Tool for Carbon Graphite
Volume 3 - Issue 5 - 05/26/2011
Textiles - Heat Processing Applications; Textile Color Sensor; Filter Glass from All the World's Best Sources; Innovative Rotary Furnaces for Advanced Materials; Custom Manufactured Technical Ceramics Parts and Components; TFE-Glass Roll Covering
Volume 3 - Issue 4 - 04/28/2011
Robotic Controlled Glass Melt Furnace; Easy-to-Use Digital Web Tension Controller; Accelerated UV Testing for Textiles; Micro Machining of Ultra Hard Materials; Ceramic Fiber Board and Blanket; Atlas Material Testing Technology LLC; High-temperature Ceramic Adhesives
Volume 3 - Issue 3 - 03/24/2011
Thunderline-Z Expands Packaging Capabilities; Industrial Grade Multi Walled Carbon Nanotubes; Filter Glass from All the World's Best Sources; Combating Carbon Fiber Cutting Issues; PEEK Drawn Fiber; Automatic Carbon Fiber Testing
Volume 3 - Issue 2 - 02/24/2011
Precise Temperature and Humidity Control; Medical Device Glass and Ceramic Components; Preveil Filter Media for Glass and Fabrics; Economy Dilatometer for CTE Measurements; Ceramic Thermal Spray Powders ; Carbide Spiral Burr Tool for Carbon Graphite
Volume 3 - Issue 1 - 01/27/2011
Ceramic Fiber Board and Blanket; Versatile Glass Sealed Hermetic Connectors; Custom Manufactured Technical Ceramics Parts and Components; Hermetic Feedthroughs, Glass-to-Metal Seals; Woven Mesh Industrial Fabrics; Carbon-carbon Composites
Volume 2 - Issue 12 - 12/23/2010
Feedthroughs, Packages Sight Windows and Seals; Ceramics for Composite Armor Protection Systems; High Infrared Reflective Insulation Materials; LECO Ceramics Offering Pressed Refractory Shapes; Electrical Engineering Ceramic Components; Glass and Ceramic Solutions - Unique Machining Capabilities
Volume 2 - Issue 11 - 11/24/2010
Advanced Oxygen-Fuel Burner; Refractory Sheet Type RS-100; Textiles -- Heat Processing Applications; Filter Glass from All the World's Best Sources; Fabric Improves Filter Media Performance
Volume 2 - Issue 10 - 10/28/2010
Glass-to-Metal Hermetic Seals; Ceramics for Composite Armor Protection Systems; Preveil Filter Media for Glass and Fabrics; Textile Conditioning Unit; Textile Color Sensor
Volume 2 - Issue 9 - 09/23/2010
High Infrared Reflective Insulation Materials; Custom Toll Processing; Carbide Spiral Burr Tool for Carbon Graphite; Glass and Ceramic Solutions -- Unique Machining Capabilities; Accelerated UV Testing for Textiles; Textile Testing
Volume 2 - Issue 8 - 08/26/2010
Protect Your Investment; Refractory Sheet Type RS-100; Textiles - Heat Processing Applications; Fabric Improves Filter Media Performance
Volume 2 - Issue 7 - 07/22/2010
Surface and Coating Color Quality Verification; Ceramics for Composite Armor Protection Systems; Textile Conditioning Unit; Custom Dryers/Ovens; TFE-Glass Roll Covering
Volume 2 - Issue 6 - 06/24/2010
New Technology Delivers Enhanced Filtration Performance; Ceramic Fiber Board and Blanket; PTFE Fiber; Accelerated UV Testing for Textiles; Textile Testing; Infrared Technology for Glass, Ceramics and Textiles; Ceramic Components
Volume 2 - Issue 5 - 05/27/2010
Quality You Can See and Precision You Can Measure; Refractory Sheet Type RS-100; High-temperature Ceramic Adhesives; Fabric Improves Filter Media Performance; Technical Ceramic Parts; Glass Tubing Properties and Applications
Volume 2 - Issue 4 - 04/22/2010
Ceramics for Composite Armor Protection Systems; Textiles -- Heat Processing Applications; Glass and Ceramic Solutions -- Unique Machining Capabilities; Permanent Marking on Glass and Ceramics: On Demand
Volume 2 - Issue 3 - 03/25/2010
SurPASS: Bring Insights to the Surface; Textile Conditioning Unit; The Future of Hollow Glass Microspheres; Textile Color Sensor
Volume 2 - Issue 2 - 02/25/2010
Glass-to-Metal Hermetic Seals; Textile Testing; High-temperature Insulation; Energy-efficent Batch Laminating System; Permanent Marking on Glass and Ceramics: On Demand; High-temp Silica Cloth
Volume 2 - Issue 1 - 01/28/2010
Custom Dryers/Ovens; PTFE Fiber; Fabric Improves Filter Media Performance; Plasti-Grit Stripping Abrasive...; Accelerated UV Testing for Textiles
Volume 1 - Issue 4 - 12/24/2009
Lightweight, Hydrophobic Aerogel Insulation; Carpet and Textile Color Sensor; Military Fabrics; Textile Conditioning Unit
Volume 1 - Issue 3 - 11/30/2009
Bandpass, Longpass, Shortpass, Neutral Density, and Conversion Filters; Industrial Sewing; Carbon Fibers; PTFE Sewing Thread; Fabric Improves Filter Media Performance; Accelerated UV Testing for Textiles
Volume 1 - Issue 2 - 10/22/2009
Dynamic Fiberglass for Extreme Temperatures; Machinable and Dense Ceramic Parts; Ceramic Metal Bonding/Joining; Military Fabrics; Load Cells, Brakes, Clutches, and Tension Controls; Molybdenum TZM
Volume 1 - Issue 1 - 09/24/2009
Bandpass, Longpass, Shortpass, Neutral Density, and Conversion Filters; Casso-Solar Glass Batch Laminating; Micro Machining of Ultra Hard Materials; Custom Toll Processing; Ceramic Heat Recovery Media; DeWal Wire and Cable Brochure; Hexoloy SA Silicon Carbide; Machinable Glass-ceramic