Award Winning Composite Technologies

Kudos go out to Ticona and Innegra Technologies, which have both been honored for their work in the composites sector.

Engineers at Ticona Engineering Polymers have outlined an analysis process that can improve the accuracy of simulation results for glass fiber reinforced thermoplastics. Continue reading

Computer Chip Will Mimic Human Brain

Technology has certainly gotten faster and smarter, but the human brain remains the clear champ when it comes to raw performance. We’ve written before about attempts to simulate brain function electronically; now researchers at Boise State University have launched a project to build a new computing architecture that mimics the brain called “CIF: Small: Realizing Chip-scale Bio-inspired Spiking Neural Networks with Monolithically Integrated Nano-scale Memristors.” Continue reading

Russian Aerospace Industry Turns to Simulation to Improve Compliance

While Russia’s aerospace industry has been plagued by corruption, poor design, and a number of costly (and occasionally fatal) failures, the government has committed billions of dollars to revamping it in an effort to take a larger chunk of the global market for commercial aircraft. Continue reading

MIT Develops Holographs Using Off-the-Shelf Tech

Hollywood might be in love with 3D, but I’m really not. Maybe it’s because I wear glasses (making the additional 3D glasses cumbersome) or maybe it’s because I already find movie tickets to be plenty expensive, but I have no interest in 3D flicks. The MIT Media Lab may solve my problem by making 3D the technology of the past.

Using one of the new Kinect cameras, the MIT team was able to capture three dimensional images to be reproduced as holograms at around 7 fps. Within a month the team had more than doubled the frame rate to 15 fps, and the team is certain they’ll be able to reach the 24 fps of films or even the 30 fps of TV. Along with the Kinect, the team is mainly using items anyone could purchase from a store.


Rolls-Royce Backs Supersonic Car Project

Rolls-Royce has signed up to provide its EJ200 jet engine for the Bloodhound supersonic car project, which hopes to drive a car past the 1,000 mph mark.

The jet engine will help get the vehicle to 350mph, then ignite a rocket motor that will move the car at supersonic speeds. The current land speed record is 763mph, and members of the team that set that record are involved in Bloodhound. (That vehicle, the Thrust SSC, used a Rolls Spey 202 engine.) Continue reading


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