Innovative new polymers could form supercapacitors

Rolls-Royce has signed a collaboration agreement with UK-based technology start-up Superdielectrics to explore the potential of using polymers with recently discovered properties to create next generation high energy storage technology. The agreement will see Rolls-Royce combine its material science and technical expertise with Superdielectrics’ novel hydrophilic polymers that have been shown by Superdielectrics, in partnership

Virtual flow meters launch

Arundo Analytics and ABB have collaborated to create the first cloud-based virtual multiphase flow meters for the offshore oil and gas industry. This solution will be part of the fully integrated ABB Ability portfolio for the oil and gas industry. “Our customers are demanding lower purchase, installation and ongoing support costs in their operations. Using

Robot uranium detectors to enter service

A pair of autonomous robots developed by Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute will soon be driving through miles of pipes at the US Department of Energy's former uranium enrichment plant in Piketon, Ohio, to identify uranium deposits on pipe walls. The CMU robot has demonstrated it can measure radiation levels more accurately from inside the

Drive to make wind turbine installation easier

The Carbon Trust has announced the launch of Blue Pilot, a large-scale demonstration project aimed at reducing costs and underwater noise during construction of offshore wind farms as part of the Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA). The project will deploy The Blue Hammer, a new type of pile driver developed by Fistuca, a Dutch technology company

One AutoCAD to Rule Them All

Screenshot of AutoCAD Web. (Image courtesy of Autodesk.) Autodesk has announced a few changes to its AutoCAD 2019 product lineup, embodied by a new mantra: Only One AutoCAD. This reflects the fact that AutoCAD will no longer be separated into distinct programs, like AutoCAD Architecture, AutoCAD Electrical, AutoCAD Mechanical, AutoCAD Raster Design and AutoCAD Map

New Collaborative Operations Centre in Oslo

ABB is opening a new Ability Collaborative Operations Centre for the oil, gas and chemicals (OGC) industries in Norway.  This new centre benefits from an expanded team of more than 150 experts that have been brought together from around the globe to support OGC customers to improve operations and maintenance using digital technologies to collaborate

Breakthrough in quantum bits research

CEA-Leti, a French technology research institute of the CEA and Inac, a joint fundamental research institute between the CEA and the University Grenoble Alpes, has announced a breakthrough towards large scale fabrication of quantum bits, or qubits, the elementary bricks of future quantum processors. They demonstrated on a 300mm pre-industrial platform a new level of

New partnership aims to clean up

Directa Plus has announced that it has entered into an agreement with Sartec to jointly develop a commercial-scale industrial system, based on the company’s Grafysorber product, for treating oil-contaminated water in the oil & gas industry.  The agreement follows initial joint research over the last eight months (the proof-of-concept phase) during which extensive tests on

Reducing voids in soldered joints

Requirements for void-free solder joints are continuously increasing in the field of electronics manufacturing, i.e. the reduction or elimination of cavities in the connection technology used between component connectors and connector pads. With its Void Expert database, Rehm is offering a tool which provides an overview of influencing factors and interaction amongst the mechanisms which

ANSYS Discovery Live Makes Simulation Fast — and Fun

Well, here it is. ANSYS Discovery Live is finally … live. And that’s great, because it means we can actually try the software and tell you if it lives up to expectations. After considerable fanfare — some of it our own —  we can now put the software to the test. For those of you