US firm Lockheed Martin will transfer titanium tech. and new patriot missiles to Taiwan (US)

Lockheed Martin’s Missiles and Fire Control department will transfer technology and training for Taiwan’s defense industry to produce its own aerospace and military grade titanium.

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Ministry of National Defense (MND), on Friday, June 15 announced that the Unites States had agreed to transfer new military technologies to Taiwan to bolster the country’s domestic defense industry.According to reports, Lockheed Martin’s Missiles and Fire Control department will transfer technology and training for Taiwan’s defense industry to produce its own aerospace and military grade titanium, as part of a deal that will also include six sets of Patriot Advanced Capability – 3 (PAC-3) missiles and upgrade kits for PAC-2 missiles. The titanium production technology will allow Taiwan to bolster its armoring capabilities as well asContinue reading

Rolls-Royce Titanium Parts Shortage to Delay 787 Engine Fix (US)

Rolls’s turbine blades are forged at a handful of sites globally that it controls, including a new factory in Rotherham, England, that was billed as the world’s most-advanced facility when it opened in 2015. The company has only one supplier for titanium compressor blades, Techjet Aerofoils Ltd., a venture it partly owns, though efforts are underway to source further producers for both items, according to the people.

  •  Rolls suppliers struggle to meet demand for compressor blades
  •  Issue could be compounded by glitch with new batch of turbines

Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc is wrestling with a shortage of parts needed to repair hundreds of faulty engines that power Boeing Co.’s 787 wide-body jets, further stretching a tight timetable for repairs. The fix for excessive wear on the Trent 1000 turbines is taking about three days longer than planned in some cases due to a shortfall in stocks of compressor blades, said the people, who asked not to be named as the supply bottleneck hasn’t been made public. Airlines are already being forced to lease replacement planes, sometimes for months, to maintain flights while Rolls-powered 787s are grounded for repairs. The number of idled jets reached 43 last week, according to the people, and the strain on component supplies could worsen after it was revealed Monday that durability issues extend to an earlier version of the engine. The parts crunch comes as Chief Executive Officer Warren East prepares to unveil job cuts from steps to simplify Continue reading

VSMPO-AVISMA Reports an Increase in Exports to European Countries (US)

VSMPO-AVISMA published one’s annual report. In 2017, the Corporation continued to strengthen its leading positions as the key supplier of titanium products for foreign consumers. Last year, the main export route of VSMPO-AVISMA were European countries – their share rose to 47%. Despite a reduction in the Corporation’s revenue in ruble equivalent due to ruble strengthening, it still reached 72.4 billion rubles. Net profit was 19.1 billion rubles, and EBITDA reached 29.1 billion rubles. In volume terms, the sales of titanium increased by 14% to 28.8 thousand tons. The increase in export was 26% due to a higher demand from foreign aircraft industry companies. Last year, the main export routes for VSMPO-AVISMA were European countries – their share rose to 47%, while USA isContinue reading

AddUp acquires DED steel 3D printing firm BeAM (US)

AddUp, the French leader in the design, production and marketing of metal 3D printing machines and production lines, based in Clermont-Ferrand, a joint-venture between Fives and Michelin, today announced the acquisition of BeAM, based in Strasbourg, a leader in the Directed Energy eposition (DED) technology, an additive manufacturing process dedicated to the production of large parts and the repair market. Created in 2012 in Strasbourg with subsidiaries in Cincinnati and Singapore, BeAM is a French manufacturer of industrial metal additive manufacturing machines which use the DED technology and has a broad range of customers both in France and abroad, in particular, in the aeronautics, defense and energy sectors. The 100% acquisition of BeAM will enable AddUp to expand its portfolio of Continue reading

Avic Guizhou Orders Second SMS Ring Roller machine to produce nickel and titanium alloy rings for jet engines (US)

From left to right: Martin Gellhaus, Head of Sales Ring and Wheel Rolling SMS group; Wei Zhijian, General Manager Guizhou Anda; Li Qiangsheng, Director of Mechanical & Electrical department, AVIC Logistics. The SMS ring-rolling process rolls heated blanks radially to reduce wall thickness, for products up to 10,000 mm diameter.

Avic Guizhou Anda Aviation Forging Co. Ltd. has awarded SMS group the contract to supply an additional ring rolling machine. The new ring rolling machine, type RAW 400(500)/200(250)-2500/800 DM, is to be erected at the plant it operates in Anshun, China. Production is scheduled for mid-2019. The new ring rolling machine is capable of rolling seamless rings with diameters of up to 2,500 millimeters and a maximum height of 800 millimeters. Anda plans to use the RAW to manufacture jet engine rings made from titanium and nickel Continue reading

Les Tréfileries de Saarstahl Conflandey à coeur ouvert (FR)

En février 2006, les Tréfileries de Conflandey rachetées par le groupe SAARSTHAL deviennent Conflandey Industries. Les deux usines de l’entreprise produisent une multitude de fils de tous types, de tous diamètres, revêtus ou non de zinc, de cuivre, … qui seront livrés dans plus de 60 pays sur les 5 continents avec une réputation de qualité centenair

Il y a 20 ans, Les Tréfileries de Conflandey ouvraient leurs portes au public. Cette année, l’entreprise renouvelle l’opération les 15 et 16 juin, pour répondre à une demande largement exprimée par les salariés et l’entourage. Conflandey Industries est filiale du groupe Allemand SAARSTAHL, spécialiste mondialement reconnu dans la production d’acier haut de gamme en fils ou en barres. Les usines SAARSTAHL sont implantées en Sarre à Völklingen, Neunkirchen, Burbach, … Elles produisent annuellement 2,7 millions de tonnes d’acier et comptent plus de 6500 collaborateurs. Mais avant d’appartenir au Groupe SAARSTAHL, les Tréfileries ont connu une longue histoire qui a débuté en 1901 avec la création de la société à Conflandey. Après une période faste dans les années 70-80 (grand prix de Continue reading

Des métaux stratégiques pour la transition énergétique (FR)

La forte croissance de la production mondiale d’électricité par des filières renouvelables ainsi que celle de la mobilité électrique vont accroître la demande de certains métaux indispensables à la construction des infrastructures. Contrairement au fer et à l’aluminium, bon nombre d’entre eux se trouvent à faible concentration dans des minerais ; leur extraction et leur métallurgie sont donc coûteuses et leur production limitée. La relative rareté de ces métaux en a fait un enjeu stratégique, en particulier depuis que la Chine a acquis un quasi-monopole de la production des métaux de la famille des terres rares(elle avait mis en place des quotas pour ses exportations, qu’elle a supprimés en 2015). Qui plus est, en 2017, le prix de terres rares comme le néodyme a bondi de 80 %. Plusieurs pays dont les États-Unis, le Japon puis la France, se sont inquiétés de leurs approvisionnements en matériaux qui jouent un rôle clef dans plusieurs secteurs deContinue reading

New way found to enhance strength and ductility of high entropy alloys (US)

A joint team of researchers from India, Japan and Sweden have found a way to make multiphase high entropy alloys (HEAs), which are a recently emerging class of alloys, simultaneously stronger and more ductile. In a study published in journal, Scientific Reports, the researchers have reported that novel heterogeneous microstructure achieved by a process of cryo-deformation followed by annealing can help overcome the problem of strength-ductility trade-off in multiphase HEAs. The researchers are from Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad, Kyoto University, Japan and Chalmers University, Sweden. Conventionally, alloys are based on one major element to which Continue reading

Les Etats-Unis relancent la course au lithium (FR)

Le chimiste Reginald Penner de l’UCI (l’université de Californie à Ivirne) et la candidate au doctorat Mya Le Thai (en photo) ont développé une technologie à base de nanofils permettant la recharge de batteries de lithium de centaines de milliers de fois. (Credit Photo@Steve Zylius/UCI)

Parce qu’il entre dans la composition des batteries des véhicules électriques, le lithium vient d’être inscrit sur la liste des métaux stratégiques par les Etats-Unis. Les projets d’exploitation du lithium se multiplient sur le sol américain. Les Etats-Unis relancent la course au lithium jusque sur leur propre sol. Ils n’avaient plus qu’une seule mine de lithium encore en activité, dans le Nevada, c’est d’ailleurs la Continue reading

Team Uses Severe Deformation Method on Bulk Magnetic Alloys for High Performance (US)

In a collaborative study involving Equal Channel Angular Extrusion (ECAE), a unique severe plastic deformation (SPD) process, researchers Dr. Ibrahim Karaman from Texas A&M University and Drs. Don Susan and Andrew Kustas of Sandia National Laboratories were able to improve the mechanical properties of magnetic alloys without changing their magnetic properties through microstructural refinement. This process has proven to be troublesome in the past. Production of high-performance magnetic alloys and other intermetallics could prove particularly useful in aerospace and space exploration where materials must endure harsh environmentsContinue reading