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Coatings for Nuclear Fuel Preventing Explosions in Reactors

Posted June 06, 2017 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

In an effort to reduce hydrogenation of containers where nuclear fuel is stored and to protect reactors from a Fukushima-like radiation disaster, physicists are developing protective titanium nitride-based coatings for shells of fuel elements of nuclear reactors.


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Smart Pad Puts Pressure on Scars

Posted May 22, 2017 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

A new treatment for hypertrophic scars from burns, surgeries, and trauma combines the advantages of both traditional pressure pads and silicone gel sheets. The Smart Scar-Care pad designed at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University serves the dual functions of reinforcing pressure and occlusion.


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Water-repellent Material is Durable, Self-healing

Posted April 21, 2017 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

A self-healing, durable water-repellent coating has potential applications, ranging from clothing to roofs to ships. This new material represents a breakthrough in water-repellent finish, where decades of research have failed to produce a truly durable product.


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Defects Actually Strengthen Roman-era Concrete

Posted January 23, 2017 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

Small defects known as screw dislocations help account for the superiority of the Roman Empire's concrete. These defects provide small-scale plasticity that allows hardened concrete to adjust to stress over time. Researchers say that this new knowledge paves the way for designing stronger concrete and other complex materials.


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Turning Jackets into Solar-powered Wearables

Posted December 14, 2016 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

Researchers have developed a technology that uses solar cells to turn clothing into a source for limitless energy. Researchers say one day this technology could improve how soldiers in the field operate or even how smartphones are charged — maybe by simply slipping it into your pocket.


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