Graphene seems to be making headlines across various
industries and Highways England has also joined in. They are partnering with
the Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC) in Manchester to investigate
the use of graphene on surfaces. The idea is to find out whether adding
graphene to roads and pavements could result in decreased deterioration.
It all started when Prof Sir Andre Geim and Prof Sir
Kostya Novoselov first isolated the material at Manchester University in 2004.
GEIC opened in December 2018 to specialise in the rapid development and upscaling
of graphene and other applications for 2D materials.
The Directorate General
of Highways commissioned the Danjiang bridge in Taipei that will span the mouth
of the Tamsui River. Construction of the world’s longest single-mast,
asymmetric cable-stayed bridge is already underway and is generating quite a
Designed to connect to
the national highway system, the Danjiang bridge will help ease congestion on
the Guandu Bridge situated further upriver. The Danjiang bridge construction
will also facilitate the expansion of the Danhai Light Rail Transit which is part
of the city’s public transport system.
The word “fabrication” means to make something from raw material. Steel fabrication is no different and plays an extremely important role in the world’s infrastructure and economy. Practically every aspect of our civilization benefits from some form of fabricated metal. From household appliances to vehicles and parts, our lives would be unrecognisable without carbon steel, stainless steel and aluminium.
Although the construction of steel buildings dates back to the 20th century, they became more popular during World War II. Thereafter, steel buildings expanded significantly once steel became more readily available. Modern technology, machinery and computer aided design software have pushed steel fabrication to the next level as we see it today. Steel fabrication now involves the implementation of various manufacturing processes including bending, cutting, grinding, brazing and welding. Continue reading →
Eindhoven in the Netherlands is set to become the center of attention with 3D printed homes. A bridge has already been constructed using cutting edge technology and now, a total of five 3D printed homes will add to the collection. It comes courtesy of a collaboration between the Technical University of Eindhoven, the Eindhoven municipality and several other firms. Continue reading →
When you think of structural steel fabrication and construction, what comes to mind first? Most construction projects consist of steel frameworks with skyscrapers, warehouses and shopping malls at the top of the list.
Many industries rely on structural steel fabrication because of the unmatched quality, reliability, flexibility, cost effectiveness and sustainability. But what happens when companies use non-compliant suppliers? Did you know that there are potentially over 7000 UK suppliers who are trading illegally? Continue reading →