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Precision Ceramics ‘Cool Stuff’

This new area of our website provides links to some of the current and topical items of interest that our key players are looking at – breakthroughs, concepts, designs, developments, discoveries, ideas, innovations, news, opinions, trends and general business viewpoints.

Not necessarily related to the use or potential use of technical ceramics, this ‘cool stuff’ is an ongoing initiative designed to build links to a wide variety of topics which we hope that visitors to our website will also find interesting and enjoy.

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Up, Up and Away

GE’s Billion Dollar Bet on Ceramic Super Material is Taking Off

People have been using ceramics for millennia, but the material’s practical applications have been mostly confined to the kitchen. “When you hit it, it fails catastrophically,” says Krishan Luthra, chief scientist for manufacturing and materials technologies at GE Global Research (GRC) in New York.

Luthra, however, thought that ceramics, which can withstand higher heat than even the most advanced alloys, could also be the perfect material for jet engines and other machines that burn fuel and must handle enormous temperatures. “I thought it would be the Holy Grail if we could get it inside machines, and get more power and savings out of our engines,” he says. “It could really make an impact.”

http://www.gereports.com/post/123737823440/up-up-and-away-ges-billion-dollar-bet-on

The Appliance of Science

Collaboration is the linchpin of modern scientific progress says the Chief Executive Officer of the UK’s Diamond Light Source.

Diamond produces light 10 billion times brighter than the Sun!

http://www.precision-ceramics.co.uk/cool-pdf-files/the-appliance-of-science.pdf

Laser Mégajoule

Laser Mégajoule (LMJ) is a large laser-based inertial confinement fusion (ICF) research device being built near Bordeaux, in France by the French nuclear science directorate, CEA. Laser Mégajoule plans to deliver about 1.8 MJ of laser energy to its targets, making it about as energetic as its US counterpart, the National Ignition Facility (NIF).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laser_M%C3%A9gajoule

Future Is Hot For Ceramic Matrix Composites In Engines

The GE Rolls-Royce Fighter Engine Team’s F136 development engine for the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) contains third-stage, low-pressure turbine vanes made by GE from ceramic matrix composites (CMCs).

http://articles.sae.org/6112/

Why Ceramic Engines?

As ceramics are high temperature materials, a ceramic engine should be to operate at higher temperatures enabling combustion of fuel to be more complete resulting in increased combustion efficiency and performance.

http://ceramicrotaryengines.com

Large Hadron Collider Boots Back Up With Supercharged Energy Levels

Scientists hope the restart of the particle accelerator at 13 tera-electronvolts will reveal new particles and possibly shed light on dark matter.

The Large Hadron Collider

http://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/jun/03/large-hadron-collider-boots-back-up-with-supercharged-energy-levels.

Diamond: Britain’s Answer To The Large Hadron Collider

At the Diamond particle accelerator in Oxfordshire, experiments using beams of light 10,000 times brighter than the sun have implications for the fight against cancer, improved air safety and energy efficiency.

The Diamond Light Source

http://www.theguardian.com/science/2014/feb/01/diamond-britain-large-hadron-collider-particle-accelerator

All About TRIUMF

TRIUMF is Canada’s national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics. It is owned and operated as a joint venture by a consortium of Canadian universities via a contribution through the National Research Council Canada with building capital funds provided by the government of British Columbia.

http://www.triumf.ca/home/about-triumf/about-us/faq-about-triumf

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