In the nondestructive testing (NDT) equipment and services industry, methods are employed to monitor the integrity of the structure through its life. These NDT methods supplement other techniques, which can be applied without interruption to normal operation of a structure or a machine. Known as condition monitoring, these techniques represent continuous progress in the development and application of NDT methods.
Over the last decade, increased interest in the use of alternative fuels, including biomass and solar energy, has translated into increased boiler research and development in these categories. Recent advances include deployment of new or updated utility-scale designs for concentrating solar arrays that feed boilers, as well as advances in coal/biomass co-firing and biomass-only firing for both utility-scale and industrial-scale processes.
Researchers have produced a 2-D material called tungsten ditelluride, which they believe can have different properties instead of one, a dynamic known as topological electronic states.
There's a new kid on the block in vapor deposition technology. The easily scalable, atmospheric-pressure process could become the preferred method for creating large-area thin-film and flexible devices.