Thursday, September 09, 2004

Europeans like it tiny and tough

Making the most out of ‘extreme science’ (European Union)

    materialsWhether it is in space, inside a nuclear plant or in the kitchen, we expect products and systems to work efficiently and safely under varying conditions. One area of science specialises in providing reliable materials for top-end products and new applications in ‘extreme environments’. Meanwhile, a European consortium is looking for ways to boost this field.

    Today’s products and systems are expected to perform dependably and often under extremely demanding conditions, such as exposure to physical and chemical attack, intense irradiation, heat and pressure, while dealing with complex mechanical loads. The nanotechnology revolution and advances in nanoscience and knowledge-based systems are pushing the boundaries of materials science. More here
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