UK Invests £16 million in the new light metals research center (US)

A new light metals research centre, based at Brunel’s Centre for Advanced Solidification Technology (BCAST) is set to revitalise the UK metals industry. Global manufacturers, suppliers and consultants will help train the metallurgists of the future and reinforce the UK as a world leader in metallurgical science. A £16m grant from The UK Research Partnership Investment Fund (UKRPIF) was announced by Universities, Science and Innovation Minister Chris Skidmore. Named the Future Metallurgy Centre, the new facility will develop new casting technologies and next generation aluminium, magnesium alloys for things like top-performing cars and planes. Already, it hasContinue reading

China Develops Advanced Titanium Alloys to Reduce Fatigue Of Military Helicopters Rotors (US)

A titanium alloy is a strong metal and, together with the new technique, could make helicopters more reliable in difficult environmental conditions, including at sea and in the desert, analysts said. Wei Dongxu, a Beijing-based military analyst, told the Global Times that a fatigue-resistant rotor could also allow a helicopter to work under higher stress, including maintaining high speeds for extended periods or lifting heavier cargo for longer distances. The anti-fatigue feature is important because rotor fatigue is not always noticeable, causing unforeseen dangers, the report said.

China recently mastered a new fatigue-resistant technology for helicopter rotors, which could greatly expand the helicopters’ capability and service time, a development which military experts said on Tuesday could be of strategic value to China’s domestic helicopter industry as the technology could be used on China’s future heavy-lift transport helicopters and attack helicopters. During the development of an unidentified helicopter, engineers at Changhe Aircraft Industry (Group) Corporation Ltd under theContinue reading

Artificial Intelligence Reveals New Class of High Entropy Alloys (US)

Lehigh researchers use data analytics and experimental microscopy to discover new high-entropy alloys, validating novel approach to new materials search

A new method of discovering materials using data analytics and electron microscopy has found a new class of extremely hard alloys. Such materials could potentially withstand severe impact from projectiles, providing better protection of soldiers in combat. Lehigh researchers describe the method and findings in an article, “Materials Informatics For the Screening of Multi-Principal Elements and High-Entropy Alloys,” published in Nature Communications. “We used materials informatics—the application of the methods of data science to

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Fraunhofer Engineers use Artificial Intelligence to Discover new Superalloys (US)

By means of laser powder build-up welding, components made of different materials can be integrally manufactured. Thus, specific materials can be placed exactly where their properties are required. This offers, for example, the prospect of lighter, better and cost-reduced blades for gas turbines

Fraunhofer IWS engineers have refined laser powder buildup welding over decades in order to allow more materials to be applied in additive manufacturing. In this procedure, a system feeds various filler powders into a process zone. There, a laser melts the powder and deposits it on a workpiece surface. As a result, the desired part is generated in a layer by layer process. “One of the advantages of this additive procedure is that we can adapt the process very flexibly to the requirements of high-performance materials,” explains Fraunhofer IWS project administrator Michael Müller. In this way it is also possible, for example, to print nickel-based alloys that are difficult to weldContinue reading

A New Manufacturing Process to eliminate multiple steps in extrusion for Aluminum Alloys (US)

June 18, 2019 – An advanced manufacturing process to produce nanostructured rods and tubes directly from high-performance aluminum alloy powder — in a single step — was recently demonstrated by researchers from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Using a novel Solid Phase Processing approach, the research team eliminated several steps that are required during conventional extrusion processing of aluminum alloy powders, while also achieving a significant increase inContinue reading

Allegheny (ATI) Divests Titanium Investment Castings Business (US)

PITTSBURGH-Allegheny Technologies Incorporated (NYSE: ATI) today announced it has reached a definitive agreement to sell its Cast Products business to Consolidated Precision Products Corp. (CPP) of Cleveland, OH. CPP operates 16 global facilities manufacturing products primarily for the aerospace, defense and industrial industries and is a portfolio company of Warburg Pincus, a leading global private equity firm. The transaction, subject to customary regulatory approvals, is expected to close in the early part of the third quarter 2019. The ATI Cast Products business unit is part of the High Performance Materials & Components (HPMC) segment. It producesContinue reading

Aubert et Duval et Airbus engagés dans le projet Mama, aux côtés de l’IRT Saint-Exupéry (FR)

Alors que la fabrication additive monte progressivement en puissance dans l’aéronautique, de nouvelles synergies se profilent entre les procédés classiques de production et ces nouvelles technologies. En Occitanie, plusieurs industriels ouvrent la voie et s’engagent dans l’hybridation des procédés. 

La fabrication additive n’aurait finalement pas vocation à se substituer aux procédés classiques de fabrication, mais plutôt de venir en complémentarité, en jouant la carte de l’hybridation. C’est le message qu’ont voulu faire passer l’IRT Saint-Exupéry et l’agence de développement économique Add’Oc, co-organisateurs d’une journée technologique intitulée “fabrication additive : multi-matériaux et hybridation des procédés”, à laquelle ont participéContinue reading

ATI to sell plants in Indiana, Kentucky for $37M (US)

Allegheny Technologies has agreed to sell two non-core forging facilities for $37 million in cash, according to a release from the company. The facilities, which are located in Portland, Indiana and Lebanon, Kentucky, are part of ATI’s High Performance Materials and Components (HPMC) segment. They use traditional forging methods to produce carbon steel forged products for use in oil and gas, transportation, construction and mining industries. Sales

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Voestalpine opens pioneering high-tech steel research facility in Donawitz (US)

22 May 2019  – Light yet tough, ideal for processing and also recyclable—steel is a material with a future. Ongoing steel development provides the basis for new concepts in mobility, energy, and infrastructure. At its unique pilot facility in Leoben-Donawitz, Austria, voestalpine is now conducting research into the production of new high-performance steels which are subsequently processed into special rails, quality rod wire, and extremely high-resistant OCTG by the Group’s companies in Styria. Over EUR 18 million has been invested in the “TechnikumContinue reading

Sintavia Announces Joint Venture with Howco Group (US)

Brian Neff, Sintavia’s Founder and CEO and David Preston, Executive Vice President at Howco Group, sign a term sheet to form a joint venture in support of the development of additive manufacturing within the Oil & Gas industry

May 21, 2019– Sintavia, LLC, the leading Tier One metal additive manufacturer for the Aerospace & Defense industry, announced today that it had signed a term sheet to form a joint venture with Howco Group in support of the development of additive manufacturing within the Oil & Gas industry. The joint venture would be branded under the Howco Group name and be co-located at Howco’s North American headquarters in Houston, Texas. It is expected that the joint venture will commence operations later this year.  Brian Neff, Sintavia’s Founder and CEO Continue reading