Dr. Othmane Benafan, NASA Materials Engineer Develops Shape Memory Alloys for Aerospace Components (US)

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Dr. Othmane Benafan, co-principle investigator for the Spanwise Adaptive Wing Project, inspects a model of the shape memory alloy actuator and the outer wing section from an F/A-18 research plane.

While aeronautics researchers across the globe continue to develop technologies that will make air travel more efficient, more sustainable and safer, there is a group of NASA researchers who are altering the long-held view that wings have to stick straight out from an aircraft and stay that way. Through NASA’s Convergent Aeronautics Solutions (CAS) Project, a team of engineers working within its Spanwise Adaptive Wing (SAW) project is investigating the feasibility of bending or shaping portions of an aircraft’s wings in-flight, potentially increasing performance and efficiency by reducing weight and drag. The ability to fold wings isn’t new. Since the dawn of ship-based aviation, U.S. Navy aircraft have been required to fold their wings for space conservation. Currently, this type of wing folding, orRead more

India Develops its own specialty aluminum alloy that is being used to construct critical parts of the BhraMos missile (US)

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Indian defense scientists consider it a major achievement, as the BrahMos missile utilizes five different grades of wrought aluminum alloys in eight different semi-product forms, which are developed in nine different heat treatment conditions.

New Delhi (Sputnik) — India has developed its own specialty aluminum alloy that is being used to construct critical parts of the BhraMos missile — the world’s first and only supersonic cruise missile. The state-own Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) locally developed the alloy that was earlier imported from Russia. This is crucial to the development and capacity enhancement of the

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DEW Expands Its Product Portfolio with Non-Magnetic Stainless Steels for the oil and gas industry (US)

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DEUTSCHE EDELSTAHLWERKE, KREFELD, 3300 ton forging press ( Credit photo @ stahlseite )

The steels used in directional drilling for oil and gas must meet three important criteria: To withstand the mechanical loads caused by the movement of the drill string, the steel must display maximum strength. Use in aggressive media also requires good corrosion resistance. To obtain unfalsified location results from the measuring instruments that are based on the earth’s magnetic field, it is also important thatRead more

Hamilton’s new future in high-tech steel (US)

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City becoming an international centre for research into material innovation

Hamilton has become a hotbed of research into advanced steels as the industry works to design lighter and stronger materials for an auto sector under the gun to meet increasingly stringent fuel economy standards. In recent years, a network of nearly 200 private sector, government and university researchers has emerged in the city to turn a sector known for grime and smokestacks into a wonder of high tech. The mantra of so-called “new steel” has been around for decades. But emerging fuel economy standards aimed at lowering emissionsRead more

Manoir Industries déploie sa nouvelle offre “Manoir Global Nuclear Solutions” (FR)

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Avec plus de 40 ans d’expérience internationale dans l’industrie nucléaire, Manoir Industries lance une nouvelle offre globale. Des acquisitions ciblées, une croissance organique et une organisation dédiée lui permettent de produire non seulement des composants mais de devenir un fournisseur de systèmes pour offrir à ses clients des prestations élargies regroupant tous les savoir-faire du groupe

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Thyssenkrupp confirms Italian stainless steel unit AST for sale (US)

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ESSEN, Germany – Thyssenkrupp (TKAG.DE) Chief Executive Heinrich Hiesinger on Thursday confirmed plans to sell its Italian stainless steel plant, Acciai Speciali Terni (AST), adding this was the group’s only asset currently up for sale. Hiesinger made the comments after Read more

Consortium bags £9.6m for rapid aluminium cost-effective forming (US)

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Mass production of complex, high-strength, lightweight aluminium car parts draws a step nearer with £9.6 million funding for RACEForm project.

The Brunel Centre for Advanced Solidification Technology (BCAST), based at Brunel University London, is part of a consortium that has secured the funding, which includes a £4.8 million grant through Advanced Propulsion Centre UK (APC). The world-class consortium working on the 30-month project is led by Impression Technologies, and co-funded by APC.  The grant will be used to scale up and validate Impression Technologies’ Hot Form Quench (The HFQ®) process for the high volume production of High Strength Aluminium sheet alloys. Dr Roger Darlington, BCAST’s Director of Technology, said: “The HFQ® process involves forming a heated aluminium sheet and then quenching it when it’s being pressed into the required shape. Scaling up this technology for high volume implementation is veryRead more

Hexcel to Acquire Oxford Performance Materials Aerospace & Defense Business (US)

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OXFAB®–Ni Plated Fan Exit Guide Vane (22” H) – The principal material of construction for OXFAB–Ni is OPM’s proprietary PEKK (poly-ether-ketone-ketone) formulation, OXPEKK®. This high performance polymeric material has an extraordinary range of benefits that include robust mechanical performance, extreme temperature tolerance, high purity, gamma stability, and extremely high chemical resistance.

Hexcel Corporation (NYSE:HXL) announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the Aerospace & Defense (A&D) business of Oxford Performance Materials (OPM). OPM A&D produces qualified, high-performance thermoplastic, carbon fiber reinforced 3D printed parts for Commercial Aerospace and Space and Defense applications. The acquisition is subject to customary

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A more resilient, tougher Al-Si alloy widely used in the automotive industry (US)

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The light, aluminium-silicon alloy of great interest for industry (the auto industry, in particular), produced by means of a novel process starting from a semi-solid state, displays better mechanical properties (such as tensile strength, resilience and toughness) and better corrosion resistance than that produced using the usual high-pressure processes. This has been demonstrated by the engineer Leire Solaberrieta-Ostolaza of the NUP/UPNA-Public University of Navarre.
Solaberrieta’s research, conducted in the research group of the Materials Area of the NUP/UPNA’s Department of Mechanical, Energy

Voestalpine wants to save €300 million during the 2018/2019 Fiscal Year (German)

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Düsseldorf (Reuters) – Der österreichische Stahlkonzern Voestalpine will auch im kommenden Geschäftsjahr die Kosten in dreistelliger Millionenhöhe senken. “Sie können davon ausgehen, dass wir auch in 2018/19 erneut 300 Millionen Euro einsparen werden”, sagte Vorstandschef Wolfgang Eder am Mittwochabend vor Journalisten in Düsseldorf. Ein Personalabbau sei nicht geplant. Der KonzernRead more

KKR to buy tool components maker Hyperion from Sandvik (US)

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NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)– KKR today announced it is acquiring Hyperion, a leading manufacturer of industrial tool components, from Sandvik. This transaction marks KKR’s first acquisition of a middle-market business in the industrials sector and is being funded through KKR’s Americas XII Fund. Headquartered in Fair Lawn, New Jersey with approximately 1,400 employees, Hyperion is a global provider of manufacturing products using cemented carbide, cubic boron nitride and synthetic diamond – high quality materials knownRead more

US Air Force to Develop High Entropy Alloys for Aircraft Structural Components (US)

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The Air Force Office of Scientific Research has awarded University Distinguished Research Professor Raj Banerjee from the University of North Texas College of Engineering and his research group a $900,000 grant.

DENTON (UNT), Texas — The Air Force Office of Scientific Research has awarded University Distinguished Research Professor Raj Banerjee from the University of North Texas College of Engineering and his research group a $900,000 grant. The funds will be used to develop and investigate multi-phase high entropy alloys – also referred to as complex-concentrated alloys – that are expected to revolutionize aircraft construction. “This new class of materials is expected to substantially improve the performance of aircraft structural components by enhancing their mechanical properties, including fatigue and creep properties, at room and high temperatures,” Banerjee, who is part of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, said. Traditional high-performance structural alloys Read more

Jindal Stainless to focus on speciality steel (US)

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As part of its expansion strategy, Jindal Stainless plans to enter some unconventional areas of steel use — defence, nuclear energy, aerospace and long products, all high-margin segments. The current production capacity is 1.6-1.8 million tonnes a year, with a market share of 45 per cent. “We want to move into the speciality steel segment, which is into defence, supplying raw material and not manufacture equipment as such. We also want to venture into long products and aerospace,” Abhyuday Jindal, vice-chairman, told Business Standard. The company is also supplying steel to an experimental fusion reactor being constructed in the south of France. Jindal conceded the firm would have to meet the stringent quality standards in the defence and aerospace sectors. The firm has a factory each atRead more

ArcelorMittal pas intéressé par Ascometal (FR)

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Lundi lors de la quatrième édition de son « media day Europe» à Paris, une journée consacrée aux médias européens, Philippe Darmayan, président d’ArcelorMittal France a affirmé que le géant de l’acier n’est pas intéressé la reprise d’Ascometal, placé en redressement judiciaire la semaine dernière. Le fabricant d’aciers spéciaux en grande difficulté financière et ayant des aciéries à Dunkerque, Fos-sur-Mer et, plus proche de chez nous, à Hagondange, s’était déclaré en cessation de paiement et a désormais six mois pour trouver un repreneur. « Nous ne sommes pas intéressés par Ascometal car c’est un producteur d’aciers trop spécifiques pour nous, et nous ne Read more

Russian Researchers Develop New Ultra-Light Magnesium Aerospace Parts (US)

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Materials scientists from NUST MISIS have come up with an effective and economical way to produce a durable and corrosion-resistant magnesium alloy for use in the automotive and aerospace industries.

A new type of flux (a purifying agent used in metallurgy) developed by the researchers allows for the creation of a unique alloy with improved stress-strain characteristics and corrosion resistance properties. The use of magnesium parts contributes to an aircraft or vehicle`s weight reduction. Currently, commercial testing of the technology is being conducted on domestic aircraft manufacturing enterprises —Kamensk-Uralsky Foundry, UEC Saturn, and the Kazan Engine Building Industrial Group, among others.

Magnesium, a very lightweight metal, has a density significantly below that of titanium and aluminum (1.73 grams per cubic cm compared with 4.5 and 2.7 grams, respectively).For aviation and space, where there is a struggle forRead more

Liberty House to increase UK steel production to 5 million tonnes (US)

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Liberty House will invest in 5 million tonnes per year of secondary steelmaking capacity in Britain over the next five years, equivalent to half of the UK’s current steel output, the UK steelmaker said on Monday November 27. “This low-carbon secondary steel production would displace much of the 6.6 million tonnes of raw steel currently imported into Britain each year,” the company said. The new capacity, which will be part of Liberty House’s “Greensteel” initiative

One of Britain’s largest industrial groups has announced plans to create a total of five million tonnes of low-carbon steelmaking capacity over the next five years as part of a drive to develop a green and

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Forecreu investit 5 millions d’euros dans l’Allier (FR)

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La société Forecreu qui transforme à chaud des métaux et alliages spéciaux pour l’outillage de coupe et le médical orthopédique, annonce un investissement de 5 millions d’euros dans l’Allier. Cette entreprise familiale créée dans les années 50, par le père de l’actuel président de Forecreu, est la seule au monde à proposer des barres à trous en aciers rapides inoxydables et titanes destinées à la fabrication d’outils, d’instruments et d’implants orthopédiques. Une spécialité industrielle, à la fois complexe et technique. « Pour assurer notre développement, nous réalisons ce programme d’investissement de 5 millions d’euros qui comprend l’installation d’un laminoir Kocks, l’augmentation Read more

New Research Finds Cause of Alloy Weakness (US)

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For years, materials scientists have been perplexed by the question of why alloys don’t meet their full potential strength. A deep look at atomic patterns finds the answer.

Sometimes calculations don’t match reality. That’s the problem that has faced materials scientists for years when trying to determine the strength of alloys. There has been a disconnect between the theoretical strength of alloys and how strong they actually are. So, what has been missing ? New research has found the answer to this problem with a study done as a collaboration between researchers at Binghamton University, the University of Pittsburg, the University of Michigan and Brookhaven National Laboratory. The work was also supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. Researchers used advanced technology to look at alloys on an atomic level in order toRead more

Perryman increases titanium melting capacity (US)

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Perryman Co., a producer of titanium for a variety of industrial applications, is headquartered on Vandale Drive in Houston.

HOUSTON – Perryman Co. will more than double its current titanium melting capacity through the addition of two new furnaces, as it prepares to tap a larger segment of the aerospace industry. The Houston-based company said in a press release the new furnaces will include one electron beam model and a vacuum arc remelt model. They will be located with Perryman’s existing melting facilities in California Technology Park in Coal Center. The company said the furnace additions are a response to growing demand for its titanium products, buoyed by a record commercial

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NASA “Reinvents the Wheel” with a Superelastic Tire made with Nickel-Titanium Shape Memory Alloy (US)

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Innovators at NASA’s Glenn Research center have developed a game changing, non-pneumatic, compliant tire. This innovation, called the Superelastic Tire, was developed for future Mars missions, but is a viable alternative to pneumatic tires here on Earth. This technology represents the latest evolution of the Spring Tire which was invented

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Arconic Expands Capacity to Capture Growth in Aerospace and Industrial Markets (US)

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NEW YORK & DAVENPORT, Iowa-Arconic Inc. (NYSE: ARNC) today announced plans to install a new horizontal heat treat furnace at its Davenport Works facility in Iowa. Heat treatment is a required step in the production of certain high-strength products, and is essential for products intended for large aerospace and industrial applications. This new furnace will enable Arconic to heat treat longer and thicker plate than ever before, including material for Arconic’s recently installed Thick Plate Stretcher, which began commercial production this year and is the largest thick plate stretcher in the world. Need for thick aluminum plate is growing, particularly as demand for Read more

Dominique KATRAWA appointed Chairman of SLN’s Board of Directors (US)

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Société Le Nickel – SLN’s Board of Directors, meeting in Doniambo on Thursday November 16th, 2017, unanimously appointed Dominique KATRAWA as its Chairman. Previously General Secretary of SLN, Mr KATRAWA has been aRead more

Steelmaker looks ‘beyond oil’ as part of renewable energy program (US)

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Lutz Bandusch, CEO of ArcelorMittal’s steel plant in Hamburg, Germany (right), at the plant with Olaf Scholz, mayor of Hamburg. The steel plant is a key player in a plan to expand the use of renewable energy in Germany.

Electricity is the new oil. That is the belief Lutz Bandusch, CEO of ArcelorMittal’s steel plant in Hamburg, Germany, shares with many of his countrymen. And so it is with gusto that he and his plant’s energy manager, Matthias Weng, are approaching “NEW 4.0,” an “energy system of the future” pilot project meant to begin showing manufacturers around the world how to profitably use energy produced by windmills and solar panels. NEW stands for the Norddeutsche Energie-Wende (Northern German Energy Transition), and 4.0 refers to the fourth industrial revolution, which involves the smart networking of systems. NEW 4.0 aims to prove that coordination between Read more

“Steel Impulse”: Les sidérurgistes marocains essaient de se regrouper et présentent une première étude

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Mr Amine Louali – Président de l’Association des Sidérurgistes du Maroc – Diplômé de l’Ecole Polytechnique et de Telecom de Paris et d’un Executive MBA du MIT, Amine Louali, démarre sa carrière au sein d’Arthur Andersen puis Ernst & Young à Paris en tant qu’auditeur financier. Ancien directeur de la performance globale et ancien directeur de Pakistan Maroc Phosphore à l’OCP, il a mené le projet de transformation industrielle de l’OCP et la mise en place de OCP Production System, le système de production du Groupe. Il a également occupé plusieurs postes au niveau du groupe Lafarge Holcim (Ex Lafarge). Il a rejoint Maghreb Steel en 2014 en tant que directeur général délégué auprès de Amar Drissi

“Steel Impulse”: Les sidérurgistes essaient de se regrouper et présentent une première étude

“La sidérurgie est un secteur complexe, mais stratégique, dont nous avons énormément besoin”. C’est ainsi que Moulay Hafid Elalamy, ministre du Commerce et de l’Industrie, a entamé son allocution d’ouverture au séminaire “Steel Impulse”, organisé ce 14 novembre à Casablanca. Steel Impulse, c’est aussi une sorte de think tank pour le secteur, qui se veut “un véhicule innovant de réflexion et de sensibilisation, développé par l’Association des Sidérurgistes au Maroc (ASM) dans le but d’accompagner la filière à travers une approche participative sur lesRead more

Mitsubishi subsidiaries falsified data for products supplied to aerospace, automotive and power customers (US)

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Mitsubishi Materials Corp. said Thursday that three of its subsidiaries have falsified specification data for their products. The headquarters of Mitsubishi Materials Corp. are located within the Keidanren Kaikan Building in Tokyo

Mitsubishi Materials Corp. said Thursday that three of its subsidiaries have falsified specification data for products supplied to the aerospace, automotive and electric power industries. The revelation comes on the heels of quality control scandals at other major Japanese firms, including a metal product data falsification scandal at Kobe Steel Ltd.  Rubber products produced by one of the subsidiaries were used by the Self-Defense Forces in some of the engines of their aircraft and vessels despite not meeting specification requirements, according to officials at a government agency responsible for development and procurement of defense equipment. Also among the three firms, Mitsubishi Cable Industries Ltd. falsified data on sealing materials used for joining metal parts such as pipes supplied to 229 firms, and Mitsubishi Shindoh Co. rigged data on copper products shipped to 29 companies. None of the cases have beenRead more

Designing new metal alloys using engineered nanostructures (US)

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Materials scientist Jason Trelewicz in an electron microscopy laboratory at Brookhaven’s Center for Functional Nanomaterials, where he characterizes nanoscale structures in metals mixed with other elements.

Materials science is a field that Jason Trelewicz has been interested in since he was a young child, when his father—an engineer—would bring him to work. In the materials lab at his father’s workplace, Trelewicz would use optical microscopes to zoom in on material surfaces, Read more

Le groupe Ascometal s’apprête à déposer le bilan (FR)

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Le fabricant d’aciers spéciaux (pour la mécanique, l’automobile, l’industrie des hydrocarbures) qui emploie près de 1 550 salariés, devrait «se déclarer en cessation de paiement dans les prochains jours» auprès du tribunal de grande instance de Strasbourg, a déclaré Cyril Brand, élu CFDT de l’entreprise. Selon le responsable syndical, cette procédure judiciaire, synonyme d’un dépôt de bilan, pourrait être engagée dès lundi. Ascométal devrait être placée dans la foulée en redressement judiciaire, l’objectif étant de trouver «un repreneur sérieux» pour l’entreprise, a-t-il ajouté. Selon une source proche du dossier, cette nouvelle a été annoncée par la direction vendredi en comité central d’entreprise (CCE). «Il y a encore des discussions» avec les partenaires, notamment «sur le calendrier», a toutefois précisé cette source.

Le groupe, spécialisé dans l’acier pour l’automobile et les hydrocarbures (Renault, Bosch, Fiat, Toyota, BMW ou la SNCF), ex-filiale d’Usinor (1 550 salariés, 580 à Hagondange et Custines, en Meurthe-et-Moselle, Dunkerque et Fos-sur-Mer), déposera le bilan lundi auprès du tribunal de commerce de Strasbourg et demandera son placement en redressement judiciaire. « Ce scénario n’était pas prévu », indique une source syndicale mais « nous allons nous battre pour trouver la bonne option de reprise ». En effet, le groupe Asco Industries, expert dans les produits spéciaux pour l’automobile et les hydrocarbures, avait missionné ces derniers mois la banque d’affaires UBS afinRead more

New High-Performance Alloys Lab at Austria Graz University (US)

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The new lab will focus on non-ferrous alloys such as titanium, nickel or aluminium alloys for components and their processing steps. The industrial partners for seven years are the metal producer Nemak, with head offices in Mexico and Linz, which produces cast-aluminium parts for the automotive industry, and BOEHLER Schmiedetechnik GmbH, with head office in Kapfenberg.

When metals are pressed to built a product, a lot of things happen to their microstructure. How strong, resilient, heatproof and chemically homogeneous an end product is in the long run, for instance a turbine blade, depends very much on the thermomechanical loads during production. But for high-performance alloys, like those used in transport, many detailed questions are still open. “We know that thermomechanical processes play an important role in the design of products made of high-performance materials. Nevertheless, controlling the desired properties of an alloy using specific process parameters and process routes is still a challenge for the industry and a Read more

Timet plans new specialty alloys hotmill at Toronto, Ohio, plant (US)

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Titanium Metals is planning to add a second specialty alloys hotmill at its rolling mill in Toronto, Ohio, a company official said Monday.
The official, who asked not to be identified, confirmed information from the United Steelworkers union that the Exton, Pennsylvania-based company is intent on expanding the Toronto facility.  The new hotmill project is still in its early planning stages, the source said, Read more

Perryman Co. buys former Caterpillar site to expand titanium production (US)

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Titanium is used in additive /3D Industry has been identified as an area for immediate growth.  Viewed by many  as transformative technology, Perryman has been supporting titanium additive /3D users for over 10 years. “Our strength  as a fully integrated titanium producer uniquely positions us to support the growth of this emerging industry. Our aim is to ensure there is a reliable, high quality source of supply” stated Perryman. The new campus will provide a solid foundation for Perryman to proactively expand titanium operations.  

Perryman Co., a titanium producer headquartered in Houston, Pa., has purchased 35 acres adjacent to the company’s facilities there. The new addition will allow the company to invest in additional manufacturing capacity across all its operations, according to a news release. The expansion will support growth for the next 10-15 years, according to the release. Aerospace and medical advancements areRead more