Experts advise further insulation and cladding tests

A panel of experts have suggested large scale insulation and cladding tests to help landlords make decisions on measures they may need to put in place to make their buildings safe. It follows the fire at the 24-storey Grenfell Tower, which led to at least 79 deaths. The tests will help establish how different types […]

Camden Council to remove cladding from tower blocks after Grenfell fire

The London borough of Camden is to take “urgent legal advice” after the cladding used for five of its tower blocks were “not to the standard” it had commissioned. Camden Council has announced it will immediately start preparing to remove the external cladding panels on the Chalcots Estate as it accused a contractor of fitting […]

New ceramic nuclear part ‘could prevent more Fukushimas’

American scientists say swapping a building material used in nuclear power reactors could prevent accidents like the triple blow-out at Fukushima power plant in Japan. Researchers at MIT claim that replacing the metal cladding around fuel rods in water-cooled nuclear reactors with a special ceramic could cut the risk of explosion. At Fukushima in 2011, […]

Innovative metal coating process to reduce corrosion

A US surface engineering firm has won an award for its innovative metal-coating process which could extend the lifetime of pipelines used in the energy industy. Cladding, in which corrosion or wear resistant materials are bonded to metals, is considered the best protection for pipes used in environments such as oil and gas production and […]

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