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The Major Advantages to Using Plastic Injection Molding for the Manufacturing of Parts
Plastic has become more than fantastic in recent times. With more manufactures using plastics in their company, it’s become a cheap and easy way to give people what they want. But, there is a lot of science behind the manufacturing of plastics. Now, more people than ever are taking to plastic injection molding in the […]
The benefits of using heat shrink tubing
When completing DIY electrical projects one of the most popular materials used to insulate wires is heat shrink tubing. This is due to the fact that heat shrink tubing has several advantages over other more traditional materials. It contains fluoropolymers which respond to heat by tightening their fibres, wrapping themselves around wires to provide a […]
The Top 5 Features To Look for in a Portable Tool Box
The Top 5 Features To Look for in a Portable Tool Box Whether your job depends on easy access to your tools wherever you go or you simply enjoy the convenience of easily transporting your tools when you need them, a portable tool box is a great addition to any garage or workspace. There are […]
Sika EpoCem on green and damp Concrete as moisture barrier for epoxy flooring
For the client, a major objective in any project is to reduce the construction period. Whether it is a new construction, conversion or refurbishment, economics demand that production starts as soon as possible. This means that the time required and the time available for programming needs to be clearly defined at the earliest stage. Only […]
Concrete Aggregate
Gravels, stone and sands form the granular structure, which must have its voids filled as completely as possible by the binder glue. They makeup approximately 80 % of the weight and 70–75% of the volume. Optimum use of the aggregate size and quality improves the concrete quality. Aggregates can occur naturally (fluvial or glacial); for […]

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Brillian Innovations that Will Change The World in Future
Without even realizing it, we’re know that all fighting for space, resources and best standard of living in this world. So that’s why many human beings are competitive as the world’s population continues to increase. As a result, there are so many basic resources, such as water and food and not to mention the impact […]
5 Best Reasons Why You Should Become a Civil Engineer
There are so many questions about what civil engineers do, even no one knows why in the world would want to be. It surrounds the world in which they live, such as if you’ve walked on a bridge, stood in a building, observed a retaining wall or even looked at a dam, it’s the result […]
5 Steps to Become a Civil Engineer
Civil engineer is a profession that help design and construct the structures and also infrastructures like roads. It’s not only that, civil engineers are also design and oversee the construction projects, like water treatment plants and tunnel, the building of roads and water supply systems. They do mapping out budget, surveying the land, testing the […]
Top 3 Highest Civil Engineer Salary You Should Know
Civil engineering is one of the most popular programs in university and become the second oldest engineering field. To earn a high salary as civil engineer you should make a large contribute to the building and environment, such as roads, dams, canals, Buildings and also bridges. You can find the highest paid careers if you […]
Top 5 European Master’s Degrees in Civil Engineering
Getting a master’s degree in civil engineering field is not simple as we thought. The culmination of years of study in an undergraduate programme that followed in some cases by years by years of practical industry experience. The master degree is worth your time and also effort though. It will allow you to stand out […]
All You Need To Know About Civil Engineer’s Responsibilities
Civil engineer is important feature in every community in the world. There are so many facts that sparked the interest you may have found to know what your dream job is. So if you want to inspire respect in others, you need to mention a qualification in civil engineering that refers to intelligence, importance and […]
4 Most Popular Civil Engineering Projects of All Time
Civil engineering is an art, skill, a regular profession that design, and make it become a reality. There are so many great civil engineering projects all over the world that transcend time and also to impress the new generation. What are they? You may read the information about 4 most popular civil engineering project of […]

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Stress fracture? Your foot hitting pavement wasn't the main problem
It starts as a persistent and irritating pain in the foot or lower leg, then it gets more intense, maybe with swelling, and soon a runner knows she's being sidelined by one of the most common running injuries: a stress fracture. These tiny cracks in the bone can halt training for months or even end a sports season. A segment of the multibillion-dollar wearables industry aims to save potential victims from this fate, but an engineering professor found a major problem: the devices are measuring the wrong thing.
Additive manufacturing reflects fundamental metallurgical principles to create materials
Engineers have been taking a novel approach to the development of engineering components produced using additive manufacturing.
Proposed engineering method could help make buildings and bridges safer
Researchers discovered that the distance between dislocations in nanolayer interfaces of pearlite can determine how much the material can stretch or contract without breaking (ductility). The dislocations are disruptions in the regular arrangements of atoms in nanolayers. This discovery opens the possibility of engineering materials with higher ductility by simply manipulating the spacing between their dislocations and may improve the safety of structures such as buildings and bridges in earthquakes.
Drones shown to make traffic crash site assessments safer, faster and more accurate
Research shows that drones can be more effective and safer in crash mapping of vehicular highway accidents than conventional methods. Drones using new imaging technology allows highway safety officers to capture and print 3D composites of crash sites and reduce mapping time and improve traffic flow following a crash by 60 percent.
Breakthrough in ice-repelling materials
Icy weather is blamed for multibillion dollar losses every year in the United States, including delays and damage related to air travel, infrastructure and power generation and transmission facilities. Now researchers have reported creating a durable silicone polymer coating capable of repelling ice from any surface.
Engineers 3D print smart objects with 'embodied logic'
Using stimuli-responsive materials and geometric principles, engineers have designed structures that have 'embodied logic.' Through their physical and chemical makeup alone, they are able to determine which of multiple possible responses to make in response to their environment.
Keeping roads in good shape reduces greenhouse gas emissions
Keeping road pavement in good shape saves money and energy and reduces greenhouse gas emissions, more than offsetting pollution generated during road construction, according to a new study.
Animals may get used to drones
A new study shows that over time, bears get used to drones. Previous work indicated that animals behave fearfully or show a stress response near drone flights. Using heart monitors to gauge stress, however, researchers here found that bears habituated to drones over a 3 to 4-week period and remained habituated.
'Realistic' new model points the way to more efficient and profitable fracking
A new computational model could potentially boost efficiencies and profits in natural gas production by better predicting previously hidden fracture mechanics. It also accurately accounts for the known amounts of gas released during the process.
Cartilage could be key to safe 'structural batteries'
Your knees and your smartphone battery have some surprisingly similar needs, a professor has discovered, and that new insight has led to a 'structural battery' prototype that incorporates a cartilage-like material to make the batteries highly durable and easy to shape.
Scientists design new responsive porous material inspired by proteins
Scientists have, for the first time, synthesized a new material that exhibits structural change and triggered chemical activity like a protein.
Powerful X-ray beams unlock secrets of nanoscale crystal formation
High-energy X-ray beams and a clever experimental setup allowed researchers to watch a high-pressure, high-temperature chemical reaction to determine for the first time what controls formation of two different nanoscale crystalline structures in the metal cobalt. The technique allowed continuous study of cobalt nanoparticles as they grew from clusters including tens of atoms to crystals as large as five nanometers.
Graphene's magic is in the defects
A team of researchers has solved a longstanding puzzle of how to build ultra-sensitive, ultra-small electrochemical sensors with homogenous and predictable properties by discovering how to engineer graphene structure on an atomic level.
New megalibrary approach proves useful for the rapid discovery of new materials
Identifying the best material for a given application -- catalysts, light-harvesting structures, biodiagnostic labels, pharmaceuticals and electronic devices -- is traditionally a slow and daunting task. Now, a new study supports the efficacy of a potentially revolutionary new discovery tool to rapidly test millions (even billions) of nanoparticles to determine the best for a specific use. The tool is thousands of times faster than conventional screening methods.
Paradigm shift needed for designing tsunami-resistant bridges
Researchers argue in a new study that a paradigm shift is needed for assessing bridges' tsunami risk.
A damming trend
Hundreds of dams are being proposed for Mekong River basin in Southeast Asia. The negative social and environmental consequences -- affecting everything from food security to the environment -- greatly outweigh the positive changes of this grand-scale flood control, according to new research.
The stiffest porous lightweight materials ever
Researchers have developed and manufactured a family of architectures that maximizes the stiffness of porous lightweight materials. It's practically impossible to develop stiffer designs.
Chemical engineers develop new theory to build improved nanomaterials
Researchers have developed a new theory to better predict how nanoclusters will behave when a given metal is introduced to their structure.
Shape-shifting origami could help antenna systems adapt on the fly
Researchers have devised a method for using an origami-based structure to create radio frequency filters that have adjustable dimensions, enabling the devices to change which signals they block throughout a large range of frequencies.
Using machine learning to design peptides
Scientists have developed a way of finding optimal peptide sequences: using a machine-learning algorithm as a collaborator. The algorithm analyzes experimental data and offers suggestions on the next best sequence to try, creating a back-and-forth selection process that reduces time needed to find the optimal peptide. The results could provide a new framework for experiments across materials science and chemistry.
Method to transfer entire 2D circuits to any smooth surface
Engineers have developed a method to transfer complete, flexible, two-dimensional circuits from their fabrication platforms to curved and other smooth surfaces. Such circuits are able to couple with near-field electromagnetic waves and offer next-generation sensing for optical fibers and other applications.
US interstate highways need overhaul, says new report
The future of the US Interstate Highway System is threatened by a persistent and growing backlog of structural and operational deficiencies and by various looming challenges, such as the progress of automated vehicles, developments in electric vehicles, and vulnerabilities due to climate change.
A new way to see stress -- using supercomputers
Supercomputer simulations show that at the atomic level, material stress doesn't behave symmetrically. Widely-used atomic stress formulae significantly underestimate stress near stress concentrators such as dislocation core, crack tip, or interface, in a material under deformation. Supercomputers simulate force interactions of Lennard-Jones perfect single crystal of 240,000 atoms. Study findings could help scientists design new materials such as glass or metal that doesn't ice up.
'Sudoku' X-Ray uncovers movements within opaque materials
Researchers have developed a new X-ray method which involves solving a giant 3D Sudoku problem to better understand these granular movements -- and the findings could have a big impact on various industries.
Innate 'fingerprint' could detect tampered steel parts
Researchers using magnetic signals have found unique 'fingerprints' on steel, which could help to verify weapons treaties and reduce the use of counterfeit bolts in the construction industry.
Extremely strong and yet incredibly ductile multicomponent alloys developed
A research team has developed a novel strategy to develop new high-strength alloys which are extremely strong and yet also ductile and flexible. The strategy overcomes the critical issues of the strength-ductility trade-off dilemma, paving the way for developing innovative structural materials in future.
New 'smart' material with potential biomedical, environmental uses
By combining seaweed-derived alginate with the nanomaterial graphene oxide, researchers have developed a new material that's durable and can respond dynamically to its environment.
Electrical cable triggers lightweight, fire-resistant cladding discovery
New research has led the successful development of an organic, non-combustible and lightweight cladding core -- a product that was previously thought to be impossible to create.
Smart car technologies save drivers $6.2 billion on fuel costs each year
In the first study to assess the energy impact of smart technology in cars, researchers have put a number on the potential fuel-cost savings alone: $6.2 billion.
Where you go tells who you are -- and vice versa
Mining data to analyze tracking patterns, scientists can infer the population travel demand level in a region from the trajectories of just a portion of travelers. They found three distinct groups whose demographics they could infer based on their travel patterns: seniors, who travel to a wider variety of places in a day; workers, who stay mostly at work or at home; parents, who visit more individual places in a day.
'Smart skin' simplifies spotting strain in structures
A 'smart skin' employs the unique fluorescent characteristics of carbon nanotubes to quickly assess strain in materials. The method is intended for aircraft, spacecraft and critical infrastructures in which mechanical strain needs to be monitored.
What's next for smart homes: An 'Internet of Ears?'
A pair of electrical engineering and computer science professors have been experimenting with a new suite of smart-home sensors. Their system would read not only the vibrations, sounds -- and even the specific gait, or other movements -- associated with people and animals in a building, but also any subtle changes in the existing ambient electrical field.
Next-gen batteries possible with new engineering approach
Dramatically longer-lasting, faster-charging and safer lithium metal batteries may be possible, according to new research.
Nanotubes built from protein crystals: Breakthrough in biomolecular engineering
Researchers at Tokyo Tech have succeeded in constructing protein nanotubes from tiny scaffolds made by cross-linking of engineered protein crystals. The achievement could accelerate the development of artificial enzymes, nano-sized carriers and delivery systems for a host of biomedical and biotechnological applications.
Scientists engineer a functional optical lens out of 2D materials
Scientists have constructed functional metalenses that are one-tenth to one-half the thickness of the wavelengths of light that they focus. Their metalenses, which were constructed out of layered 2D materials, were as thin as 190 nanometers -- less than 1/100,000ths of an inch thick.
AI capable of outlining in a single chart information from thousands of scientific papers
Scientists have developed a Computer-Aided Material Design (CAMaD) system capable of extracting information related to fabrication processes and material structures and properties -- factors vital to material design -- and organizing and visualizing the relationship between them. The use of this system enables information from thousands of scientific and technical articles to be summarized in a single chart, rationalizing and expediting material design.
Creating better devices: The etch stops here
Researchers have discovered a new, more precise method to create nanoscale-size electromechanical devices.
Fire ant colonies could inspire molecular machines, swarming robots
Researchers have uncovered the statistical rules that govern how gigantic colonies of fire ants form bridges, ladders and floating rafts.
Researchers turn plastic bottle waste into ultralight supermaterial
Researchers has found a way to turn plastic bottle waste into ultralight polyethylene terephthalate (PET) aerogels that are suitable for various applications, including heat insulation and carbon dioxide absorption.
Low cost, energy-saving radiative cooling system ready for real-world applications
Engineers have successfully scaled up an innovative water-cooling system capable of providing continuous day-and-night radiative cooling for structures. The advance could increase the efficiency of power generation plants in summer and lead to more efficient, environmentally-friendly temperature control for homes, businesses, utilities and industries.
New devices to test retinal cells
Researchers have developed new devices to better understand the triggers of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) by mechanically stressing cells.
Mussel-inspired defect engineering enhances the mechanical strength of graphene fibers
Researchers demonstrated the mussel-inspired reinforcement of graphene fibers for the improvement of different material properties. A research group applied polydopamine as an effective infiltrate binder to achieve high mechanical and electrical properties for graphene-based liquid crystalline fibers.
Mystery of how black widow spiders create steel-strength silk webs further unravelled
Researchers have better unraveled the complex process of how black widow spiders transform proteins into steel-strength fibers. This knowledge promises to aid scientists in creating equally strong synthetic materials. Utilizing state-of-the-art techniques, the research team was able to more closely see inside the protein gland where the silk fibers originate, revealing a more complex, hierarchical protein assembly. The researchers' 'modified micelles theory' concludes that spider silk proteins start out as complex, compound micelles.
Origami, 3D printing merge to make complex structures in one shot
By merging the ancient art of origami with 21st century technology, researchers have created a one-step approach to fabricating complex origami structures whose light weight, expandability, and strength could have applications in everything from biomedical devices to equipment used in space exploration.
High entropy alloys hold the key to studying dislocation avalanches in metals
For decades researchers have studied materials from structures to see why and how they fail. Before catastrophic failure, there are individual cracks or dislocations that form, which are signals that a structure may be weakening. While researchers have studied individual dislocations in the past, a team has now made it possible to understand how dislocations organize and react at nanoscale.
Biomaterials with 'Frankenstein proteins' help heal tissue
Biomedical engineers have demonstrated that, by injecting an elastic biomaterial made from ordered and disordered proteins, a scaffold can form that responds to temperature and easily integrates into tissue.
Breakthrough in self-healing materials
Researchers have given self-healing qualities to polymers that are used in relatively inexpensive commodities, such as paints, plastics and coatings.
Novel machine learning based framework could lead to breakthroughs in material design
Computers used to take up entire rooms. Today, a two-pound laptop can slide effortlessly into a backpack. But that wouldn't have been possible without the creation of new, smaller processors -- which are only possible with the innovation of new materials.
Catalytic active sites determined using carbon nanotubes
Catalytic research has developed a new and more definitive way to determine the active site in a complex catalyst.
Approach paves way for new antimicrobial materials
Researchers have successfully incorporated 'photosensitizers' into a range of polymers, giving those materials the ability to render bacteria and viruses inactive using only ambient oxygen and visible-wavelength light.
Enhancement of piezoelectric properties in organic polymers all in the molecules
The inability to alter intrinsic piezoelectric behavior in organic polymers hampers their application in flexible, wearable and biocompatible devices, according to researchers, but now a molecular approach can improve those piezoelectric properties.
New 3D-printed cement paste gets stronger when it cracks -- just like structures in nature
Researchers have 3D-printed cement paste, a key ingredient of the concrete and mortar used to build various elements of infrastructure, that gets tougher under pressure like the shells of arthropods such as lobsters and beetles. The technique could eventually contribute to more resilient structures during natural disasters.
Unmasking corrosion to design better protective thin films for metals
Corrosion of metals is an age-old problem, but they are normally protected from catastrophic damage by naturally forming, super-thin oxide films. Traditionally, these protective films have been viewed as simple oxides of well-anticipated compounds. Now researchers have found the protective films develop new structures and compositions that depend on how fast the oxide film grows.
Smart technology for synchronized 3D printing of concrete
Scientists have developed a technology where two robots can work in unison to 3D-print a concrete structure.
Spheres can make concrete leaner, greener
Scientists have made micron-sized calcium silicate spheres that could lead to stronger and greener concrete, the world's most-used synthetic material.
Searching for new bridge forms that can span further
Newly identified bridge forms could enable significantly longer bridge spans to be achieved in the future, potentially making a crossing over the Strait of Gibraltar, from the Iberian Peninsula to Morocco, feasible. The new bridge forms -- identified by a team of researchers from the University of Sheffield and Brunel University London, working with long span bridge expert Ian Firth of engineering consultants COWI -- use a new mathematical modelling technique to identify optimal forms for very long-span bridges.
Scientists use artificial neural networks to predict new stable materials
Artificial neural networks -- algorithms inspired by connections in the brain -- have 'learned' to perform a variety of tasks, from pedestrian detection in self-driving cars, to analyzing medical images, to translating languages. Now, researchers are training artificial neural networks to predict new stable materials.
Programmable materials: Hydrogels capable of complex movement created
Researchers have developed a process by which 2-D hydrogels can be programmed to expand and shrink in a space- and time-controlled way that applies force to their surfaces, enabling the formation of complex 3-D shapes and motions.
Nano-sandwiching improves heat transfer, prevents overheating in nanoelectronics
Sandwiching two-dimensional materials used in nanoelectronic devices between their three-dimensional silicon bases and an ultrathin layer of aluminum oxide can significantly reduce the risk of component failure due to overheating, according to a new study published in the journal of Advanced Materials led by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Engineering.
Engineers protect artifacts by graphene gilding
Gilding is the process of coating intricate artifacts with precious metals. Ancient Egyptians and Chinese coated their sculptures with thin metal films using gilding. Scientists inspired by this ancient process, have added a single layer of carbon atoms, known as graphene, on top of metal leaves -- doubling the protective quality of gilding against wear and tear.

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