Advanced Materials & Processes

FEB 2015

Covers developments in engineering materials selection, processing, fabrication, testing/characterization, materials engineering trends, and emerging technologies, industrial and consumer applications, as well as business and management trends

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space manufacturing. About the size of a travel mug, the FLOC has a resolution of 0.1 mPa, 36 times better than NIST's official U.S. pressure standard, which is a 3-m-tall column of liquid mercury that extends through the ceiling of the cali- bration room. The FLOC is also 100 times faster than the standard mercury ma- nometer. airBUs donates aircraft part to Ucla materials laB Mechanical and aerospace engi- neering students at University of Cali- fornia, Los Angeles (UCLA), will have a rare opportunity to analyze the com- position, structure, thermal, and other properties of a piece of advanced com- mercial aircraft equipment, thanks to a donation from Airbus Americas. The part, a 28-ft-long elevator from an Air- bus A330, was delivered to the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science late last year. The elevator, used for flight control on the aircraft's tail, is valued at $750,000. The equipment will be housed at UCLA's Materials Degradation Characterization Laboratory, supervised by Ajit Mal, dis- tinguished professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering. "This material and this structure are very advanced," says Mal. "It is so important to have a real piece of aircraft in the lab so students can have access to new and advanced materials and struc- tures." Mal's long-term research goal is to develop sensors that can be embedded in composite materials to communicate when a vital component of a structure is damaged by impact with a foreign ob- ject. UCLA engineering students will study the advanced materials inside this 28-f-long Airbus A330 part. A D V A N C E D M A T E R I A L S & P R O C E S S E S | F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 5 1 1

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