Remise de diplômes à la 1ère promotion de l’Ecole de Mines et de la Métallurgie de Moanda, un établissement d’excellence et unique en Afrique centrale (FR)

Cet événement a été rehaussé par la présence du Chef de l’Etat Ali Bongo Ondimba, du premier ministre, Emmanuel Issoze Ngondet, du ministre de l’Enseignement supérieur, Guy Bertrand Mapangou, du ministre des Mines, Christian Magnagna, du gouverneur de la province du Haut-ogooué, Jacques Denis Tsanga, et du PDG du groupe Eramet, Christel Bories, dont la Compagnie minière de l’Ogooué (Comilog) est la filiale gabonaise.Inaugurée en 2016, l’E3MG est le fruit d’un partenariat public-privé entre l’Etat gabonais et le groupe Eramet à travers sa filiale locale, la Compagnie minière de l’Ogooué.

Ce samedi 21 avril 2018, l’amphithéâtre de l’Ecole de mines et de la métallurgie de Moanda (E3MG) a servi de cadre à la cérémonie de remise de diplômes à la 1ère promotion de cet établissement d’excellence et unique en Afrique centrale. Cette première cuvée baptisée du nom de l’ancien directeur général délégué d’Elf Gabon, Jacques Libizangomo Joumas, compte au total 27 récipiendaires dont 9 ingénieurs Read more

Professor Yves BRECHET Receives 10th International Materials Education Symposium Award (US)

Yves Brechét, Grenoble Institute of Technology and CEA on receiving the 10th International Materials Education Symposium award for outstanding contributions to materials education. The award was presented by Mike Ashby (University of Cambridge) and Paloma Fernández Sánchez (President of the Federation of European Materials Socities and Universidad Complutense de Madrid). Yves Bréchet graduated from École Polytechnique (1981), École des hautes études en sciences sociales (1992) and obtained his doctoral degree andRead more

Russia will not ban titanium exports to US

Russia’s trade and industry minister said Moscow would not ban titanium exports to the US, a step that was proposed by lawmakers as possible retaliation against tough US sanctions imposed earlier this month. Denis Manturov said in a state television interview that such a ban would mean following Ukraine, which had barred exports of gas turbines used by Russian shipbuilders as part of anti-Russian sanctions. “We assume that we will not follow [their course] because that would first of all affect shipments of VSMPO-Avisma and of its Russian-American joint-venture,” he said. “Why take decisions that have an adverse impact on our enterprises, on our producers.” VSMPO-Avisma, a subsidiary of state-owned defence group Rosted, holds the the country’s monopoly on titanium. It exports 70 per cent Read more

Creating a New Approach to Engineering and Innovation at Hitachi Metals (US)

As the new general manager of the Global Research & Innovative Technology Center (GRIT) at Hitachi Metals, Kenichi Inoue is tasked with creating an updated framework for research and development in advanced materials, helping his organization make the shift to a new approach to engineering and innovation in a disrupted world. With products that include both basic materials and finished products used in automobiles and electronics, Hitachi Metals has established GRIT as a research facility that accelerates the production of advanced materials by using new technologies such as artificial intelligence and computer-generated materials informatics. To do this, Inoue and his team at GRIT are preparing to work in new ways, both inside the organization and with outside partners, to create products as the company looks to the electric vehicle, aircraft and energy sectors for future revenue streams. This is a big step for Hitachi Metals. The company is a member of the Hitachi Group, listed on the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange, and enjoys an A+ credit ratingRead more

Forged Components Inc. Acquires Forge USA Facilities (US)

In July of 2017, Forged Components Inc. (FCI) acquired hammer forge and heat treatment facilities from Forge USA. This added eight additional heat-treatment furnaces to the existing furnaces located at the Humble and Navasota forging locations. This acquisition also included both a 16,000 lb. polymer, and 30,000 lb. water quench tank. This facility purchase has added 300,000 lbs. of heat treating capacity to the existing heat treatment furnaces located at the Humble and Navasota FCI forging locations. As a result, FCI now operatesRead more

Forgemasters’ order book hits £118m – a five-year high (US)

Sheffield Forgemasters has reported a 2018 order book value of £118m, its highest in five years. UK and US defence orders, materials processing and research and development projects orders have all powered a surge as the firm continues a turnaround following the 2015 oil and gas market crash which erased 30 per cent of its workload. Forgemasters claims its policy of investment in technology and skills allows it to operate in a competitive worldwide market for large engineered components which have a high safety-critical requirement. Dr Graham Honeyman, chief executive, said: “We are very pleased to report that our order book has breached the £100m mark for the first Read more

ORNL researchers develop new FeCrAl alloy to enhance nuclear safety (US)

Uranium silicide (U3Si2) is a candidate to replace uranium oxide (UO2) as light water reactor (LWR) fuel because of its higher thermal conductivity and higher fissile density relative to the current standard, UO2. A class of Fe, Cr, Al alloys collectively known as FeCrAl alloys that have superior mechanical and oxidation resistance are being considered as an alternative to the standard Zirconium based LWR cladding. The job for Terrani’s team, as the innovation engine of the consortium led by General Electric, was to create a zirconium-free alloy that would generate as little hydrogen as possible during incidents while at the same time matching the performance of the nuclear fuel rod cladding that is in use today

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., April 13, 2018 – A team led by researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has developed a safer cladding for nuclear fuel rods. The new material, an alloy of iron, chromium and aluminum, avoids zirconium. As a result, it should give plant operators substantially more time to react to incidents such as a station blackout. The fuel rods at civilian nuclear power plants have been sheathed with an evolving zirconium alloy for the past six decades. Zirconium as the preferred base metal was chosen in the 1950s by Hyman Rickover, then a captain and later an admiral, as he worked to take nuclear technology and use it toRead more

India’s defence ambitions boost specialty steels and titanium alloys demand (US)

India’s demand for the specialty steel and titanium alloy was estimated at about 83,500 metric tons in 2016, with usage expected to grow at 4 perc ent annually over the next four years

India’s ambition to build up its defence industry through a $250 billion programme has sent shares of a state-owned metalmaker rocketing just days after a lukewarm trading debut. Mishra Dhatu Nigam Ltd, which makes specialty steel and is the country’s only producer of titanium alloys used in aerospace, has seen its market value surge 88 per cent to Rs 32 billion ($490 million) since its April 4 listing. The stock jumped by the 10 per cent limit to 169.1 rupees on Thursday after the company said it signed two non-binding agreements during the Defence Expo in India held last week. “The company is a conduit for India’s defense manufacturing plan,” said Sanjiv Bhasin, executive vice-president at India Infoline Ltd. “The materials it is into are doing extremely well globally. I see more Read more

ArcelorMittal To Vote On Switching To U.S. Dollar From Euros (US)

ArcelorMittal (MT) said that it will propose to shareholders that it changes the currency of its share capital to U.S. dollars from euros. It will hold a vote on the proposal at its extraordinary general meeting on May 16. ArcelorMittal said it prepares its consolidated financial Read more

Russia considering measures to ban exports of titanium to the US, a move designed to hurt Boeing (US)

Proposed measures would ban exports of titanium to the US, a move designed to hurt Boeing, the aerospace company, which buys about 35 per cent of all its titanium from VSMPO-Avisma, Russia’s titanium monopolist, a subsidiary of state defence conglomerate Rostec. Boeing has a Russian joint venture with VSMPO and plans to buy $18bn in Russian titanium in the next decade, the company’s Russia chief said last year. VSMPO, which sells 70 per cent of its titanium abroad, is opening a factory for Boeing’s titanium parts this year thatRead more

Opération séduction à Industeel (FR)

En lien avec l’UIMM et Pôle Emploi, Industeel recevait, dans le cadre de la semaine de l’industrie, un groupe de demandeurs d’emploi pour leur présenter les métiers de la sidérurgie. L’industrie recrute, c’est le message fort de la matinée de visite. Industeel aussi, par le truchement des intérimaires, au nombre d’une cinquantaine aujourd’hui actifs sur le site, qui pourraient être recrutés de manière privilégiée en CDI. L’entreprise se porte aussi à la rencontre des demandeurs d’emploi en reconversion en relation avec Pôle Emploi. Ils sont recrutés selon la méthode de recrutement par simulation (MRS). Une méthode qui teste les aptitudes à tenir tel ou tel poste. L’entreprise se charge ensuite de la formation en interne. Des opérateurs presse, opérateurs fours et agents de maintenance sontRead more

Aperam to acquire VDM Metals for €438 millions (US)

Luxembourg, Wednesday, April 11, 2018 (7:00 am CET) – Aperam has signed a Share Purchase Agreement with Falcon Metals and Lindsay Goldberg Vogel to acquire VDM Metals Holding GmbH (“VDM Metals”). The combination of VDM Metals with Aperam’s Alloys & Specialties Division will create a leader in global premium speciality alloys. VDM Metals’ product offering is highly complementary to Aperam’s Alloys & Specialties Division. The enlarged geographical presence, will create a stronger global quality and technological producer in the high end alloys & specialities sector, better positioned to fully support the evolution of its customers’ needs and addressRead more

Bisalloy to supply first trial order for SEA10000 Future Submarine Project (US)

Bisalloy Steels has confirmed receipt of an initial order for 250 tonnes of its specialised high performance steel plate from Naval Group Australia as part of the ongoing collaboration on the Commonwealth of Australia’s SEA1000 Future Submarines Project. “Bisalloy Steels and Naval Group Australia (NGA) have been collaborating extensively on this project for over 18 months,” said Greg Albert, Managing Director of Bisalloy Steels. A key component of the development program for Bisalloy has been refining its technical and production capability to assure NGA it could produce the particular grade of steel required to meet the design demands of the project. “This grade of Read more

Mettis Aerospace to build a new, 40-tonne counter-blow hammer press (US)

The new, 40-tonne counter-blow hammer press, its Mettis Aerospace  largest single investment in decades, will have the equivalent power of a 20,000-tonne hydraulic press, enabling us to produce forgings of up to 750kg depending on the material.

We have recently invested in one of the largest forging presses in the UK. Our new, 40-tonne counter-blow hammer press, our largest single investment in decades, will have the equivalent power of a 20,000-tonne hydraulic press, Read more

Voestalpine and GRAZ University Establish Austria’s First Endowed Chair for Aerospace Research, Occupied by Brazilian Materials Scientist Sergio Amancio (US)

Brazilian-born materials expert Sergio Amancio takes over the first endowed professorship for aviation research in Austria    

With an average annual growth of over three percent globally, the aerospace sector is taking off. In order to take advantage of this potential, an endowed chair has been established at the Graz University of Technology in cooperation with industry partners voestalpine, Fuchshofer Präzisionstechnik, TCM International, and Diamond Aircraft Industries. Since March this year, this position has been officially held by Brazilian-born materials scientist Sergio Amancio. The aim of this cooperation between science and business is to establish an international competence center for the development of pioneering materials and production technologies in the aerospaceRead more

MIDHANI to Develop Nickel-Titanium Shape Memory Alloys for Biomedical Devices (US)

A new class of nickel-titanium shape memory alloys that can potentially slash the price of stents for the heart and other biomedical devices by half has been developed by Mishra Dhatu Nigam (MIDHANI), a Hyderabad-based defence public sector unit. At present, the material is imported from US, China and Europe at high costs by domestic manufacturers, who use the alloy in various commercial applications. By developing the capability Midhani joins a select group of manufacturers in the world. Shape memory alloys can be altered Read more

Startup aims to turn waste heat into electricity, using weird shape-changing alloy (US)

Kellogg said he has developed an alloy of titanium that changes shape when exposed to heat at such a rate that it can use excess heat generated by power plants to push hydraulic fluid and turn a generator, creating electricity. He’s in the process of putting together a consortium of small utilities and companies interested in testing prototypes that can produce 50 kilowatts of electricity from a temperature swing of barely 20 degrees. This sort of thing has been theoretically possible for decades. The U.S. Navy held a conference back in 1978 to spur research into using thermal shape-change alloys to generate power, and there are many similar shape-changing titanium alloys, known as nitinol.

There’s something about the term “waste heat” that just cries out for a clever engineering fix. Heat can do work, so if an industrial process or power production creates too much of the stuff, why can’t we make use of it? Joe Kellogg, who works with weird materials known as shape-memory alloys in a crowded machine shop in southern New Hampshire, thinks his tiny startup might have figured out how to do that – although it’s taken him quite a while to get here. “I would not recommend this, trying to do something this off-the-wall,” said Kellogg, 34, of his five-years-and-counting effort. “You have to be prepared for an absurd failure rate; in fact, you have to be surprisedRead more

Distinguished professor Zi-Kui Liu receives the 2018 William Hume-Rothery Award for his exceptional contributions to the science of alloys (US)

Zi-Kui Liu, distinguished professor of materials science and engineering in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, receiving the 2018 William Hume-Rothery Award from David DeYoung, past president of the Minerals, Metals & Materials Society.

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Zi-Kui Liu, distinguished professor of materials science and engineering in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, received the 2018 William Hume-Rothery Award for his exceptional contributions to the science of alloys during the Minerals, Metals & Materials Society’s (TMS) Annual Meeting and Exhibition, held March 11-15 in Phoenix. Liu also gave a keynote talk titled “Computational Thermodynamics of Materials and Its Applications” as part of the William Hume-Rothery Memorial Symposium. “I am very honored to receive this award,” said Liu. “I feel very humbled at the same time, considering that my Ph.D. thesis adviser and several Read more

New technique to Design High Entropy Alloys Nanoparticules (US)

“This method enables new combinations of metals that do not exist in nature and do not otherwise go together,” said Chao Wang, a Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and one of the study’s co-authors. Wang’s research group designed a five-metal catalyst based on these high-entropy-alloy nanoparticles and demonstrated superior catalytic performance for selective oxidation of ammonia to nitrogen oxide, a reaction used by the chemical industry to produce nitric acid, an important chemical in the large-scale production of fertilizers and other products.

Researchers have learned to combine up to eight different metals in a single tiny, uniformly mixed nanoparticle. 

In the March 30 cover article of the journal Science, the researchers, from Johns Hopkins and three other universities, reported that their new technique enabled them to combine multiple metals, including those not usually considered capable of mixing. This process has created new, stable nanoparticles with useful applications in the chemical and energy industries, the researchers said. Many industrial products like fertilizers and plastics are made with the help of catalysts, substances that speed up chemical reactions. Metallic alloyRead more

ORNL to Lead Major Advanced Alloys Manufacturing for the US Navy (US)

Suresh Babu, the UT–Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair for Advanced Manufacturing, will lead a team that will focus on properties, defects, and instabilities in advanced manufactured alloys, an area of great importance to the Navy.

The US Navy has chosen a UT professor to lead one of its Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) programs for the first time in the 30-year history of the initiative. Suresh Babu, the UT–Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair for Advanced Manufacturing, will lead a team that will focus on properties, defects, and instabilities in advanced manufactured alloys, an area of great importance to the Navy. According to the Office of Naval Research, the award will total roughly $1.5 million a year for three years and beRead more

India’s Steel rolling mills asked to install bag filters to curb air pollution (US)

INDORE: Steel rolling mills, one of the highest polluting industry, will have to mandatorily install bag filters and energy recovery based air pollution control systems to combat black smoke and air pollution. Regional Pollution Control Board has mandated all rolling mills of the region to install the new technique to minimize pollution levels. The board claims that bag filters will reduce the air pollution by over 80 per cent. Steel rolling mills usually produce 700 mg/Nm3 of particulate matter in absence of any air pollution deterrent while theRead more

TITAL is a leading company for titanium and aluminium alloy investment castings (US)

TITAL is a leading company for titanium and aluminium alloy investment castings, located in Germany. Using the patented HERO Premium Casting® process, TITAL delivers lightweight, high-strength investment castings that can be supplied “ready-for-integration” and enable significant cost savings and many other benefits to the customer. The main applications are within the following industries: aerospace, defence, electronics, optical, med-tech, Formula One and mechanical and civil engineering. All processes are approved by PRI NADCAP and AS 9100. Quality testing is carried out according to all standard specifications. The castings are subjected to radioscopic, X-ray metallurgical and UV-penetrant examinations to detect any interior or exterior defects. TITAL’s quality assurance manual fulfils the Read more

An interview with Koichi Sakaguchi, President of forging company Ohmi Press Works and Forging (US)

In your opinion, what advantages does Japan have over the rising competition from China and Korea?

There is one thing about today’s world that worries me. For example, a sword (katana in Japanese) is basically a piece of art and when time goes on, after 30-40 years, nobody is really concerned by the increase in price because it is considered as a piece of art. However, in my eyes, the products that we manufacture are also pieces of art but are not recognized as such. This is one thing that I am very concerned about, and therefore my goal is to have the facilities that allow us to manufacture such high value parts. We have various kinds of machinery and factories combined with 30-40 years of experience of manufacturing the same product and this is the reason why when people see our products, they realize our manufacturing experience.

China has 39% of the global market share in the forging sector.  In your eyes, what does Japan have that China doesn’t? What are Japan’s competitive advantages and what makes Japan special?

I think about that every single day! First of all, as you mentioned, it is clear that China and Korea have a very large presence in this market. However, there is no doubt that Japan has a higher quality of steel and other materials than any of its competitors. In addition, it Read more

Carpenter Technology to Invest $100 Million in Soft Magnetic Alloys (US)

Ernie Jones, vice president of manufacturing in Reading for Carpenter Technology Corp. leads U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey on a tour of Carpenter’s strip finishing area

  • Investment timing accelerated by tax savings associated with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act
  • New mill will expand capability and increase capacity to support growth in
    Aerospace, Consumer Electronics and Electric Vehicles markets
  • U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) on hand to recognize the effective partnership between
    public policy and U.S. business

PHILADELPHIA, March 26, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Carpenter Technology Corporation (NYSE:CRS) today announced it will invest $100 million in soft magnetics capabilities and a new, precision strip hot rolling mill in its Reading, PA facility to help meet increasing demand for aerospace, consumer electronics and electric vehicle manufacturing customers. “Carpenter’s industry leading capabilities in the field of soft magnetic technology for the Aerospace and Defense end-use market has created a strong platform for growth over the next several years. InRead more

La production de Framatome de tubes en zirconium s’envole (FR)

L’usine Framatome (ex Cezus puis ex Areva) à Paimbœuf (Loire-Atlantique) va investir 18 millions d’euros durant les trois prochains années (2018/2021). Le site qui fête cette année ses 40 ans, n’a jamais connu un tel niveau d’activité. Réalisant des tubes gaines et des tubes guides en alliage de zirconium pour le combustible nucléaire, le moteur des centrales, il a battu en 2017 son record avec l’équivalent de plus de 7 000 kilomètres de produits (+ 8 %). Et ce n’est pas fini car l’industriel vise cette année 8 000 kilomètres et 9 000 en 2019. Selon la direction, la croissance du carnet de commandes est d’abord à mettre sur le compte d’un changement stratégique du groupe : il a été décidé de privilégier la fabrication hexagonale au détriment des usines à l’étranger et des sous-traitants.

Anciennement Areva, l’usine Framatome de Paimbœuf, dans le Pays de Retz, connaît une forte expansion. Embauches et investissements sont au programme. Construite en 1978, l’usine Framatome de Paimbœuf fabrique des tubes et des barres en zirconium pour combustible nucléaire. Comptant 360 salariés, elle représente un chiffre d’affaires d’environ 40 millions d’euros. En 2016, elle a produit 6 300 km de tubes. L’année dernière, il s’agissait deRead more

Le Ministre Gabonais des Mines Recoit une Délégation du Groupe ERAMET (FR)

Le ministre des Mines, Christian Magnagna, a eu, le 21 mars dernier, une importante séance de travail avec une délégation du groupe Eramet, conduite par Pietro Amico, le représentant général du groupe Eramet au Gabon. Celui-ci était accompagné de Kléber Silva, directeur général adjoint en charge des branches minières du Groupe, et d’Hervé Montegu, administrateur directeur général de la Compagnie minière de l’Ogooué (Comilog). L’objet de cette visite, présenter au ministre des Mines, Kléber Silva, nouvellement nommé et qui prendra ses fonctions le 1er avrilRead more

Superconductivity in an alloy with quasicrystal structure (US)

Scientists have discovered the first superconductive quasicrystal. The crystalline alloy Al-Zn-Mg became quasicrystalline when the Al content was reduced to 15 percent, while remaining a superconductor, with a very low critical temperature of ~0.05 K. The alloy behaved like a conventional weakly coupled superconductor, but the role of electronic states that are unique to quasicrystals (critical eigenstates) was not found. However, the existence of fractal superconductivity remains possible.

Extraordinary things happen at low temperatures. One of the best examples is surely superconductivity. This phenomenon, wherein the electrical resistance of a solid drops to zero below a critical temperature, has been known for a century, and now has applications in science and industry. Physics and chemistry students can even make their own levitating magnets from superconducting alloys. Most superconductors, like most solids, are crystalline: their atomic structures are built from periodically repeating cells. Since the 1980s an alternative form of solid, theRead more

Otto-Fuchs’ Automotive and Aerospace Sales Increased by 40% during the last 5 years (German)

Die Otto Fuchs KG, Zulieferer von Leichtmetallprodukten für die Automobil- und die Luft- und Raumfahrtbranche, ist weiter auf Wachstumskurs.

Die Fuchs-Felge ist das hierzulande wohl bekannteste Produkt des Meinerzhagener Unternehmens Otto Fuchs. Seit das erste Aluminium-Flügelrad mit dem Porsche 911 auf deutsche Straßen kam, ist es zur Legende geworden. Nach wie vor fertigt der Mittelständler in Familienhand am Stammsitz im Sauerland und seit den 1990er-Jahren auch in Read more

Metallurgy and Technology of Steel Castings (US)

Metallurgy and Technology of Steel Castings is a comprehensive textbook for students and professional engineers in the field of foundry engineering and materials science. The topics covered in this book explain the association between the quality of liquid metal and the properties of the finished cast. Readers will learn about the thermodynamic conditions for addition and recovery of chemical elements (such as Cr, Ni and Mo) in steel, degasifying processes, the influence of alloying additives for manufacturing steel castings that operate in extreme temperatures, anti-corrosive steels and basic cast conditions for making the castings (pouring and heat treatment systems). 

This book brings technical aspects of steel castings production explained on everyday engineers’ tasks accompanied with global steel market trends. Although only 4-10% of the total amount of produced steel is used by steel foundries, there is a significant number of industries which rely heavily on its usage in their machineries and infrastructures. More than 50% of US railroad industry tonnage is steel casting and in construction machinery, it is over 15%. Global castings production in 2015 was 105.18 million metric tons, of which 11.3 million tons were steel castings. The largest steel castings producing countries in 2016 were: China (5 m tons), USA (1.55 m), India (1.1 m), and Russia (0.97 m). As a machine component, steel castings represent the most direct method of producing parts for their final forms. Casting production is also an economical process in cost and time. However, it is only true if the quality of the casting is at a very good level: without porosity, segregations effects and after proper heat treatment. The quality Read more

Nanoscale Alloys From Elements Thought to Be Incapable of Mixing (US)

Heat-shock process allows for scaling up production

A multi-institutional team of scientists describes a new technique that can meld ions from up to eight different elements to form what are known as high entropy alloyed nanoparticles. The atoms of the elements that make up these particles are distributed evenly throughout and form a single, solid-state crystalline structure — a feat that has never been achieved before with more than three elements. The nanoparticles could have broad applications as catalysts. The findings are published in the journal Science. Traditionally, materials scientists have not made seriousRead more