Monday, 10 October 2011

CORE-Materials site is restored now

The CORE-Materials site was affected by a power outage at the University of Liverpool, following a major environmental issue in the Brownlow Hill Building machine room overnight. The service is now restored back to normal. 

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by the unavailability of CORE-Materials over last three days.

Friday, 7 October 2011

University of Liverpool major power outage on 7 of October 2011

Following a major environmental issue in the Brownlow Hill Building machine room overnight, CORE-Materials and other our servers were affected by a power outage at the University of Liverpool and will hopefully be restored on Monday.
We apologise for the inconvenience caused by the unavailability of these services over the days ahead.

Wednesday, 5 October 2011


The 2011 Nobel prize for chemistry has been awarded to Professor Daniel Shechtman for his discovery of the structure of quasicrystals. We are putting together a small package of open educational resources relating to quasicrystals for those of you wishing to use them in your teaching or learning.

Atomic model of Ag-Al quasicrystal
By AMES lab., US Department of Energy
[Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Friday, 16 September 2011

Forming and Testing Techniques for Composite Materials

Two series of powerpoint slides and images showing forming and testing techniques for the characterisation of composite materials have been released recently. The slides are adapted from the University of Liverpool "Composite Materials" lectures [MATS311] and "Advanced Composite Materials" lectures [MATS411] by Prof. W. Cantwell.

The series  are released under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share-Alike license. 

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Two resources on sustainability from Granta Design just added

Granta Design Ltd has donated two resources on the topic of sustainability created by Mike Ashby, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge. The first is a video of Mike Ashby doing a simple eco audit case study and the second is a powerpoint lecture unit that the case study comes from. They are both released under Creative Commons licenses.

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Materials in Cricket

To celebrate the 2011 Cricket World Cup currently being played in Bangladesh, India, and Sri Lanka, we have added a number of resources relating to the use of materials in cricket, including bats, balls and protective gear. Howzat?

Photo CC BY-SA by Powru

Addition of some copyrighted resources

In addition to our collection of Open Educational Resources (OERs), we have now started to add links to a number of external online resources that are subject to copyright. These resources will always appear at the end of any results listing in the Resource Finder and are clearly identified by colour and by the © logo. Although we remain committed to adding further OERs to the CORE-Materials database, we do hope you will find the additional copyright resources listings useful.

Composites and plastics properties from SubsTech

Two packages from SubsTech have been released: Ceramic Matrix Composites and Thermoplastics. They contain properties data sheets on these materials and  are released under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share-Alike license. The properties include: density, modulus of elasticity, tensile strength, compressive strength, shear strength, thermal expansion (at 20 °C), thermal conductivity, glass transition temperature, maximum work temperature, electric resistivity and dielectric constant.

SubsTech (Substances & Technologies) is a free and open knowledge source in Materials Engineering. The site contains a wide range of illustrated articles on metals, ceramics, polymers, composites and fluids including fundamentals of materials engineering, materials properties, applications and manufacturing technologies.

Friday, 4 March 2011

Energy Production & Conservation from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Energy Production & Conservation package from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) has been released recently. It contains images on energy production and conservation created at PNNL, which are released under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike license.

PNNL is one of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) ten national laboratories, which performs research in energy, environment, and national security fields.

Thursday, 3 March 2011

Nuclear Energy and Nanophotonics from Argonne National Laboratory

Two packages from Argonne National Laboratory have been released: Nuclear Energy and Nanophotonics. They contain images on different aspects of nuclear energy research and nanophotonics correspondingly and are released under a Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike license.

Argonne National Laboratory conducts leading-edge basic and applied scientific research in virtually every area of science and technology.

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Animation of aluminium extrusion process

We have added an animation illustrating a complete cycle of aluminium extrusion production, including die heating and transfer, billet heating, transfer to press, extrusion, cooling, sawing, stretching, stacking and ageing.

The animation is available in Flash format (SWF) and as a video on YouTube and is released for re-use under a Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike license.

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

A course on nanosciene and technology from

"Introduction to Nano Science and Technology" package from has been released. This is a comprehensive course consisting of presentations, notes and flash animations with audio narritives. The course covers topics in fundamental nanoscale science, plus an overview of areas in nanotechnology. packages are released under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share-Alike license. is a resource for nanoscience and technology, created by the NSF-funded Network for Computational Nanotechnology.

Friday, 21 January 2011

Views of TALAT lectures pass 200,000 mark

151 of TALAT lectures from TALAT package on CORE-materials have received number of reads of  107,296 on Slideshare and 97,016 on Scribd respectively. TALAT - Training in Aluminium Application Technologies - is the most comprehensive collection of aluminium  training materials for engineers and researchers in industry and universities.