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Ceramic Chip Capacitors

DSIAC was asked to do research involving two different types (CDR and CK/CKR) of commercial/industrial grade ceramic chip capacitors listed in MIL-HDBK-217F. The inquirer was uncertain because CDR would seem the obvious choice but CK/CKR (general purpose) have…

Ceramic Additive Manufacturing for Gas Turbine Engine Blades

  The Defense Systems Information Analysis Center (DSIAC) received a technical inquiry requesting information on current research, development, testing, and evaluation (RDT&E) efforts on ceramic additively manufactured (AM) gas engine turbine blades. DSIAC staff contacted subject matter…

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3D Print Ceramics, Clay, Cookie Dough – or Solid Rocket Fuel

It”s now possible to 3D print extremely viscous materials, with the consistency of clay or cookie dough with fine precision, thanks to work done at Purdue University. This development may soon allow the creation of customized ceramics, solid rockets, pharmaceuticals, biomedical implants, foodstuffs, and more. “It’s very exciting that we can print materials with consistencies

Polymers and Composites Made Incredibly Cheaply

Researchers have found a way to create industrially important thermoset polymer and fiber-reinforced polymer composite products at considerably lower expense than has been possible before. The approach could create products such as shaped composite panels for airplane fuselages using 10 orders of magnitude lower energy than current industrial manufacturing techniques. And the resulting polymers and

New Ceramic Nanofiber ‘Sponges’ for Flexible Insulation, Water Purification

Researchers have found a way to make ultralight sponge-like materials from nanoscale ceramic fibers. The highly porous, compressible and heat-resistant sponges could have numerous uses, from water purification devices to flexible insulating materials. “The basic science question we tried to answer is how can we make a material that’s highly deformable but resistant to high