Engineering FunFact
Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering and Applied Science is Developing “Metallic Wood"

Penn engineers have been developing a type of material they’ve dubbed “metallic wood.” Their material gets its useful properties and name from a key structural feature of its natural counterpart: porosity. As a lattice of nanoscale nickel struts, metallic wood is full of regularly spaced cell-sized pores that radically decrease its density without sacrificing the material’s strength.

“Our new manufacturing approach allows us to make porous metals that are three times stronger than previous porous metals at similar relative density and 1,000 times larger than other nanolattices,” says Dr. Pikul, Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, “We plan to use these materials to make a number of previously impossible devices, which we are already using as membranes to separate biomaterials in cancer diagnostics, protective coatings, and flexible sensors.”
Final Thought
Condition monitoring/CM is the process of monitoring the health and functionality of critical assets, allowing machinery operators to make better maintenance decisions. Possible failures are detected early on and can be tracked during their progression.

As we move towards green shipping, emission regulations for vessels are tightening. As a result, more ships are built with energy-saving propulsion systems. These systems can experience torsional vibration problems. This is where CM comes in.

Contact AME to learn how one of our customers saved more than $7,000.00+ annually using condition monitoring.
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