Adaptive and smart materials and structures for ships
Exploitation of adaptive materials and structures in the shipbuilding industry promises intelligent vibration damping, better thermal regulation and shape-changing hulls for improved hydrodynamics. An EU initiative explored the potential of smart materials and their structures...
Gurney flaps make their way onto helicopter rotor blades
Dating back to 1970, the active Gurney flap (AGF) has been used in race cars and aeroplanes to increase environmental performance by reducing fuel use, carbon emissions and noise. EU-funded researchers successfully demonstrated the technological feasibility and the performance...
Assessment of health technology assessment tools
Scientific and technological advancements in the health care sector make decision making a complex endeavour. Consequently, health technology assessment (HTA) tools are increasingly being used to optimise resource allocation in health care settings.
Graphene allows polymeric solar cells to evolve
More energy from sunlight strikes the Earth in one hour than all the energy consumed by the planet in a single year. Organic solar cell technology exploiting graphene could make harvesting this bounty both efficient and cost effective.