Nanoforging – Innovation in 3D processing and shaping of nanoscaled structures (US)

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Nano forging

The macroscopic world offers a large variety of three-dimensional forming processes, for example casting, forging or cutting. Producing three-dimensional mechanical resilient structures in the submicron- and nanoscale is a very challenging task. Generally, when size is reduced it becomes more and more difficult to position nanoobjects and to control their geometry in three individual dimensions. Adhesive effects become dominant and forces such as gravity are negligible. Other macroscopical versatile processes like casting or cutting are not reproducible to the nanoscale, at the moment. For example, studies on chip formation in the nanoscale are a wide field of research at present [1,2]. But three dimensional cutting in the nanoscale is still unexplored. Casting is also limited in its nano-applicability. The moldRead more

Plattsburgh’s Norsk Titanium facility to be world’s first aerospace additive manufacturing plant (US)

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Norsk titanium pitsburgh

  • Company to invest $1 billion into factory in next 10 years
  • Oslo-based Norsk plans to develop a $125 million factory to make aerospace-grade aviation components.  
  • The facility was slated to be operational by the end of 2017

Plattsburgh Town Supervisor Michael Cashman said the company’s arrival marks an exciting new chapter for the Plattsburgh region. “Norsk will do a couple of things: One, it will infuse our economy with up to 400 good-paying jobs,” Cashman said. “The other part to it is, this company is the first in the world, as far as the products its producing, so it continues to put our region on the map.” The state ofRead more

World’s First Metal 3D Printing Technology Combining Printing, Casting and Forging Developed in China (US)

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CHina 3D Printing

Engine part made using smart micro casting & forging

After 10 years of research, a team of scientists in China has developed a revolutionary metal 3D printing technology that combines 3D printing, casting and forging, the first time this has been done anywhere. The metal 3D printing technology is called “smart micro casting and forging” and the special 3D printer that gets the job done is being developed under the name, Micro Forging & Casting Sync CompositeRead more

Tata Wants Speciality Steel Bids This Week (US)

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One of the new remelting furnaces is installed at Tata Steel Speciality Steel’s Stocksbridge works (Credit Photo @ The Star)

The Indian-owned company has asked for offers for its speciality steels unit to be tabled by the end of the week, Sky News learns.

Tata Steel has given bidders for a division employing more than 1,500 people just days to table offers, even as the rest of its British workforce faces months of uncertainty about the company’s future ownership. Sky News has learnt that parties interested in buying Tata’s speciality steel unit, which includes five UK manufacturing sites, have been told to table indicative proposals by 15 July. The timetableRead more

Vallourec starts exclusive negotiations with Ascometal for the sale of the Saint-Saulve steel mill (US)

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At the outset, the undertakings made by the two parties in terms of the quantities of steel produced are as follows: 175,000 tons per year for Ascometal, and 100,000 tons per year for Vallourec. These volumes would secure the steel mill’s long-term operations and competitiveness.  On Saint-Saulve Steelmaking Shop (Credit Photo @ Le Figaro)

BOULOGNE BILLANCOURT, France, July 21, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Vallourec, global leader in premium tubular solutions, has started exclusive negotiations with Ascometal,  Europe’s largest producer of special steels, with a view to the sale of its majority holding in the  Saint-Saulve steel mill (Hauts-de-France region). Based on a reinforced industrial and business plan, the Ascometal offer should retainRead more

Pitt Engineers Receive $503,000 NSF Grant to Study How Aluminum Alloy Microstructures Form in Real Time (US)

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Alumnium solidification

PITTSBURGH (July 21, 2016) … A grant from the National Science Foundation will enable researchers at the University of Pittsburgh to utilize a one-of-a-kind transmission electron microscope developed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to examine in real time how microstructures form in metals and alloys as they solidify after laser beam melting.  The proposal, “In-situ transmission electronRead more

Orbital ATK and Forgital FLY S.p.A. Announce $68M Long-Term Supply Agreement (US)

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Forgital fly ATK

Rolls-Royce Trent XWB international team of RSP-risk sharing partners (Credit Photo @ A350 XWB News)

Ten-Year AgreeRolls-Royce Trent XWB international team of RSP-risk sharing partnersment Further Strengthens Company’s Supply Chain for Existing Rolls-Royce Business

July 18, 2016 – DULLES, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Orbital ATK, Inc. (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, announced today it has entered into a long-term aerospace supply agreement with FLY S.p.A. of Italy, a division of the Forgital Group. Under the $68 million agreement, FLY will provide metallic case components through 2026 for the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-84k Read more

Forgital to double FLY Plants in 2017 (US)

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Forgital Fly

Forgital Group announced the doubling of the Fly plants foreseen for 2017. For this operation, the Group has allocated 27 million euro, with the participation of the Province of Trento, for the construction of a new plant adjacent to the existing one.  Fly since its beginnings in 2007 has already tripled its working spaces, going from 6,000 to 17,500 square meters. This agreement will provide a new extension forRead more

SMS delivers 25-MN closed-die forging press to PARSAN in Turkey (US)

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SMS TURKEY   PARSAN

PARSAN Makina Parçaları Sanayii A.Ş., which is one of the most important forging parts suppliers of Turkey and Europe’s automotive and machine manufacturing sector, is establishing one of the largest European manufacturing plants for engine, drivetrain and large forging parts at the Kocaeli, Dilovası site in Turkey (Credit Photo @ SMS Group)

Turkish manufacturer of high-quality forged products,PARSAN Makina Parçaları Sanayii A.Ş. in Pendik-Istanbul,Turkey, has commissioned SMS group (www.sms-group.com) to supply a fully automated closed-die forging press. The new press of the type AMP 2500 Read more

Dongbei Special Steel Group defaults on another bond amid investor complaints (US)

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Dongbei new china

Dongbei Special Steel Group Co Ltd, an unlisted Chinese steelmaker whose first debt default helped spark a bond market sell-off… (Credit Photo @ New China)

Dongbei Special Steel Group Co Ltd, an unlisted Chinese steelmaker whose first debt default helped spark a bond market sell-off in April, said on Tuesday it was unable to make payment on another bond. It announced the default on a 870 million yuan ($130 million) two-year private placement note, which matured Monday, on the website of China’s interbank market operator on Tuesday. The problems at Read more

Russia Metallurgical Assets in Ukraine (US)

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VSMPO UKRAINE

  • Aluminum giant RusAl owns Nikolaev alumina plant in Ukraine, or Mykolayiv, as the city is called in Ukraine, its second largest alumina asset. It is functioning normally, according to the company. The company also owns Zaporozhye alumina and aluminum complex which suspended work several years ago due to low aluminum prices.
  • VSMPO Avisma, the world’s largest titanium producer, owns a titanium alloy tubes producer — Vsmpo Titan Ukraine.
  • Evraz operates a steel mill in Ukraine’s Dnipropetrovsk, sells its goods in Ukraine and ships them to Russia and the Middle East. Annual capacity is about 900,000 tons of pig iron, 820,000 tons of crude steel and 700,000 tons of rolled products.
  • Evraz, the biggest stake in which is owned by billionaire Roman Abramovich, also owns Sukha Balka iron ore project near Donetsk, with an annual capacity of  2.5 million tons of iron ore production. It ships to local plants as well as overseas.
  • Mechel operates a steel mill — Donetsk electro metallurgical plan, or DMZ — in Donetsk. Annual capacity is about 1 million tons of crude steel a year. It supplies steel products to more than 30 countries. Mechel group, owned by billionaire Igor Zyuzin, has been trying to sell the plant back to its previous owner, businessman Vadim Varshavsky

Russian companies and banks are watching events in Ukraine anxiously because they stand to lose billions in investments and business in the former Soviet republic. Russian banks are the biggest overseas lenders to Ukraine, accounting for 12 percent of the sector with aboutRead more

France-Métallurgie en deuil ……

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Deuil France 2016

La France est en deuil, la Métallurgie est en deuil,  France-Métallurgie est en deuil. La France est attaquée dans sa chair, dans ses principes, dans ses valeurs, dans son modèle basé sur la liberté, l’égalité et la fraternité. Si la France est attaquée c’est pour ce qu’elle représente : un pays de liberté , un pays de fraternité, un pays de liberté de penser , un pays du progrès technique et social, un pays des lumières.   La haine ne vaincra pas, l’obscurantisme ne vaincra pas, le terrorisme  ne vaincra pas. . un grand hommage et un énorme respect à nos policiers, nos militaires, nos pompiers, et le personnel soignant  ces héros des temps modernes qui œuvrent  au quotidien à la  sécurité  de la France.

 Nos pensées vont aux victimes et leurs familles

Abdelaziz ADDAD

 

Kobe Steel begins mass production of titanium forged parts for landing gears of Airbus A350 XWB planes (US)

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Kobe Steel forgings

Kobe Steel’s titanium forged part on display at the Farnborough International Airshow (Credit Photo @ Kobesteel)

TOKYO, July 15, 2016 — Kobe Steel, Ltd. has begun the mass production of large titanium forged parts for supply to France’s Safran Landing Systems, the world leader in aircraft landing and braking systems. The forged parts are used in the landing gears of the Airbus A350 XWB planes. After entered into a supply agreement with Safran Landing Systems in 2013, Kobe Steel undertook development and

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China Unveils its new Ti-45Al-8Nb titanium alloy for aerospace engines (Chinese)

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China titanium alloy engine

Chinese new Grade Ti-45Al-8Nb vs  General Electric development of the Titanium alloy Ti-48Al-2Cr-2Nb (Alloy 4822) as a critical technology for the GEnx engine used in the Boeing 787. alloy 4822 was hailed as a success in the development of aircraft engine materials as it reduces the weight of an aircraft engine by 200 pounds, fuel consumption by 20% and discharge of NOx by 80% and significantly lowered engine noise. (C redit photo @ Nature)

南京理工大学材料评价与设计教育部工程研究中心陈光教授团队在国家973计划等资助下,经长期研究,在新型航空航天材料钛铝合金方面取得重大跨越性突破。相关成果Polysynthetic twinned TiAl single crystals for high-temperature applications(高温PST钛铝单晶)于2016年6月20日在线发表于Nature Materials(《自然材料》)。 航空航天技术是一个国家科技、工业和国防实力的重要体现。航空发动机被誉为飞机的心脏,叶片则是航空发动机中最关键的核心部件,其承温能力直接决定着发动机的性能,尤其是推重比。美国GE公司采用Ti-48Al-2Cr-2Nb(以下

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Grain refiner breakthrough honoured (US)

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Grain refiner brunel

Scientists at Brunel University London who perfected the first ever grain refiner master alloy for magnesium-aluminium alloys have been honoured. Led by Dr Hari Babu Nadendla of the Brunel Centre for Advanced Solidification Science (BCAST), the team’s discovery of a patented niobium based master alloy has won the Institute of Materials Charles Hatchett Prize and Medal and the Cast Metal Foundation’s
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US Navy Honors Paul Natishan, head of the Corrosion at U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (US)

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US Navy corroion metallurgist

Dr. Paul Natishan, head of the Corrosion Science and Environment Effects Section at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), is presented the Department of the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award by NRL Commanding Officer, CAPT Mark Bruington, May 26, 2016. Natishan receives the award for his outstanding performance and record of scientific achievements and contributions made to the Navy in the field of corrosion science and technology. (Credit Photo @ U.S. Naval Research Laboratory/James Marshall)

Dr. Paul Natishan, head of the Corrosion Science and Environment Effects Section at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), is bestowed the Department of the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award for his outstanding performance and record of scientific Read more

Federal-Mogul : le premier équipementier à produire en série des chemises de cylindres en acier à ultra haute résistance (Fr)

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Federal Mogul

Réalisée dans un acier graphité compact (CGI) spécial, cette toute nouvelle formulation baptisée GOE330 réduit jusqu’à 27 %, par rapport aux matériaux en acier actuels, la déformation typique de l’alésage sous l’effet de la poussée latérale maximale du piston. Elle est utilisée pour des alésages de 100 à 190 millimètres (Credit Photo @ Decision Atelier)

  • Les matériaux à ultra-haute résistance réduisent la déformation des chemises de cylindre
  • Technologie de fonte avancée de Federal-Mogul Powertrain se traduisant par une diminution de la consommation d’huile et des frottements d’alésage et des possibilités de pressions de combustion plus élevées

12 juillet 2016 … Federal-Mogul Powertrain, une division de Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation, est devenu la première entreprise à produire en série des chemises de cylindres en acier à ultra-haute résistance. Réalisée dans un acier graphité compact (CGI) spécial, cette toute nouvelle formulation baptisée GOE330 réduit jusqu’à 27%, par rapport aux matériaux acier actuels, la déformation typique de l’alésageRead more

Les patrons d’NLMK annoncent un important investissement sur le site de Clabecq (Fr)

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NLMK Calbecq

Pour retrouver la rentabilité, NLMK Clabecq mise sur des aciers à haute valeur ajoutée, que les Chinois ne sont pas encore capables de produire, par exemple des tôles qui résistent à l’abrasion, destinées à des engins de chantier, ou qui résistent aux obus pour les véhicules militaires ou blindés (Credit Photo @ viktormacha)

NLMK, c’est ce groupe russe spécialisé dans la sidérurgie. Il a repris une partie des anciennes forges de Clabecq. Mais leur infrastructure s’est dégradée au fil des ans. Les machines tombent trop souvent en panne. L’idée ici, c’est donc de moderniser l’outil. NLMK a déjà injecté 130 millions d’euros à Clabecq, mais la crise économique mondiale a empêché l’entreprise de retirer jusqu’ici les fruits de cet Read more

Austria’s French Ambassador visits Böhler Schmiedetechnik (US)

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Austria i french ambassador

The 2016 European Football Championship has turned attention to the business activities of Austrian companies in the competition’s host country France. On Tuesday, June 14, 2016, Pascal Teixeira da Silva, French Ambassador to Austria, visited voestalpine subsidiary Böhler Schmiedetechnik’s production site in Kapfenberg. France is an important market for the company, particularly in the Aerospace sector. As the global leader in special forgings for aerospace applications,Böhler Schmiedetechnik customers include French aircraft manufacturerRead more

VSMPO supplies Boeing and Airbus despite sanctions (Russian)

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VSMPO 007

(US)

YEKATERINBURG, July 27. /TASS/. VSMPO-Avisma corporation continues supplying components to Boeing and Airbus despite sanctions, the company’s Director General Mikhail Voevodin told TASS Monday. “Boeing and Airbus are the key consumers of titan in global aircraft industry. Sanctions did not affect the production process either from the view point of supplies of raw materials or from theRead more

Rusal, Sauer will develop 3D printing technology for industrial use of aluminium alloys (US)

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Rusal

RUSAL a leading global aluminium producer, and SAUER GmbH, a member of DMG MORI, a worldwide leading manufacturer of metal-cutting machine tools, today announce the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to develop the 3D printing technology for industrial use of aluminium and aluminium alloys. On photo Oleg Deripaska, Rusal CEO

According to the MoU, the two companies will jointly develop a 3D technology for products made of aluminium and aluminium alloys. The technology will be used to print aluminium parts applied by customers in the machinery-producing, aerospace and automotive sectors. As Read more

Xi Jinping Visits HBIS Smederevo Steel Mill in Serbia (US)

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Serbia China Xin

BELGRADE, June 19, 2016 (Xinhua) — Chinese President Xi Jinping (2nd R, front), accompanied by Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic (1st R, front) and Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic (3rd R, front), visits Serbia’s sole steel mill in Smederevo, Serbia, June 19, 2016. The steel mill was acquired by China’s HeSteel Group in April. (Credit  photo @ Xinhua/Ma Zhancheng)

BELGRADE, June 19 (Xinhua) — Chinese President Xi Jinping visited a Chinese-invested steel plant and interacted with its workers on Sunday. Accompanied by Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic and Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, Xi took a tour of Zelezara Smederevo, Serbia’s sole steel mill, on the last day of his three-day state visit to the Balkan country. At the plant, the Chinese president delivered a speechRead more

Mini Nuclear Reactors to Be Built by Sheffield Forgemasters (US)

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SMR nuclear

The reactor head component is a forging about 2.75m in diameter and weighing around 9.5tonnes. None of the NuScale SMR reactors have yet been made, although the company says that it is pursuing the development of a first plant in Idaho; and NuScale is working closely with Forgemasters on the geometries that the reactor head, which houses the system that operate the control rods that moderate the nuclear reaction and the outlets for the steam generators, will require.

Britain’s ambition to build small modular nuclear plants took a step forward as the nation’s last independent steelmaker said it will work with Fluor Corp.’s NuScale Power to make components. Sheffield Forgemasters International Ltd. will forge a large civil nuclear reactorRead more

Alcoa opens powder metals plant, part of 3D printing expansion (US)

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ALCOA 3D printing

Alcoa has opened its state-of-the-art, 3D printing metal powder production facility located at the Alcoa Technology Center, the world’s largest light metals research center (Credit Photo @ Alcoa)

Alcoa Opens 3D Printing Metal Powder Plant

  • State-of-the-art, 3D printing metal powder production facility located at Alcoa’s Technology Center outside Pittsburgh, PA
  • Alcoa will produce proprietary titanium, nickel and aluminum powders optimized for 3D printing aerospace parts
  • Builds on more than a century of experience in metal alloy development and metal powder production

NEW YORK & PITTSBURGH–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Lightweight metals leader Alcoa (NYSE:AA) has opened its state-of-the-art, 3D printing metal powder production facility. Located at the Alcoa Technology Center, the world’s largest light metals research center, the Company will produce proprietary titanium, nickel and aluminum powders

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Arconic ” We have the material expertise, resources and the personnel to ‘crack the code ” (US)

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Arconic alcoa

Airframe and Engine OEMs—bring your challenges to us. We have the material expertise, resources and the personnel to ‘crack the code,’” promised Alcoa executive Eric Roegner. The senior executive is here at the Farnborough International Airshow (Chalet C27 and Hall 4 Stand B120) with the U.S. company’s management team, and news on Alcoa’s commitment to additive technologies (3D printing), castings, hybrids, extrusions and machinedRead more

US Army Watervliet Arsenal turns to public-private partnership to reduce costs, improve capacity (US)

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US army watervliet

Watervliet Arsenal’s public-private partner, Electralloy, has installed three state-of-the-art furnaces at Watervliet that now can be used for U.S. weapons production. (Credit Photo @ John B. Snyder)

In an era of countless news headlines that tout cost overruns for defense procurement contracts, it ought to be refreshing to hear that the Army’s Watervliet Arsenal has actually found a way to cut production costs for two artillery systems by simply leveraging a public-private partnership that it has with a company calledRead more