Tata Steel unveils sustainable steel production technology in Europe (US)

The company has been carrying out long-term testing of its HIsarna plant at the Tata Steel site in IJmuiden, the Netherlands. HIsarna is a completely new technology for producing iron which consists of a reactor in which iron ore is injected at the top. The ore is liquefied in a high-temperature cyclone and drips to the bottom of the reactor where powder coal is injected. This significantly reduces the number of energy-intensive steps required for the traditional steelmaking process. Testing has already shown this technology can lead to a significantContinue reading

India Awaits Advanced Materials for Its Space Program (US)

Over the years, ISRO has localised maraging steel, many aluminium alloys, composites, chemicals, coatings and high temperature items. A hafnium-neobium has been produced to create a superalloy of columbium for advanced missions and needs to be produced on a large scale. ISRO is now looking for aluminium and beryllium alloys to make smaller structures; and carbon-carbon composites for the nose cone of the RLV; and carbon nanotubes for fuel tank systems and silica alternatives for thermal tiles. Next-generation semicryogenic launchers and electric propulsion systems of smaller future satellites need them

A national effort is needed to develop and produce advanced materials to drive the future space programme, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman K. Sivan has said. Along with high propulsion systems for its launch vehicles, the ISRO is pursuing materials that have extraordinary properties, such as aluminium and beryllium alloys and carbon nanotubes. These are needed for the upcoming high-profile national missions such as the Human Space Programme (HSP), the Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV), re-entering crew capsules, fuel-saving scramjet missions and the distant single-stage launchers. Locally made materials will also help to cut importsContinue reading

Ellwood Group affected by Section 232 steel tariffs (US)

One example Barensfield cited was Ellwood Group Inc. selling stell ingot to a customer in Houston, Texas for extrusion pipe that is exported for use in power plants in China. “Becuase of the new Chinese retaliatory tariffs on imported steel pipe, our Houston customer will likely lose that Chinese business to European pipe competitors,” Barensfeld said. The New Castle facility has one area of its operations that is being directly affected by the steel tariffs, Barensfeld said. Barensfeld said the New Castle facility supplies a Canadian subsidiary with forged steel blocks that are used for molds to make plastic auto parts.

The trade war tariff has invaded New Castle.

Earlier this year, President Donald Trump enacted tariffs on goods from China, Canada, Mexico and the European Union, bringing back an almost forgotten aspect of foreign trade that had been waning in recent decades. However, President Trump and his America First Continue reading

3D Printing Rockets in 60 Days to be ready by 2021 (US)

The first commercial launch of an entirely 3D printed rocket, including primary structures and all major components, is slated to happen in 2021. This is the ambitious plan of one of the most exciting new companies in the sector — Relativity Space, which aims to build a rocket from raw materials to flight within 60 days. Via Satellite recently caught up with Relativity Space Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Tim Ellis to talk about the launch service provider’s plans to make a difference in this space, as well as plans to develop an interplanetary society on Mars. Relativity is planning its first orbital test launch by the end of 2020. It will then build a commercial payload manifest Continue reading

Pentagon funding bans China rare earths (US)

Ucore Rare Metals Inc. Aug. 14 said the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 signed into law by President Donald Trump is a turning point for the rare earth element sector in the United States. The new legislation, more commonly known as the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, prohibits the U.S. Department of Defense from acquiring rare earth magnets – along with certain tungsten, tantalum and molybdenum products – from China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea. “This is a turning point in the re-establishment of an independent US rare earth industry,” said Ucore President and CEO Jim McKenzie. “It is also an important Continue reading

Department of the Interior Publishes a list of 35 Criticals Materials for the US National Security (US)

Department of the Interior recently published a list of 35 mineral commodities considered critical to the economic and national security of the U.S. This list was the initial focus of a multi-agency strategy to implement president Donald J. Trump’s Executive Order to break America’s dependence on foreign minerals.  At the direction of secretary Zinke, Interior’s U.S. Geological Survey published a draft list of 35 critical minerals under Executive Order 13817. After consideration of the 453 public comments received, the Department of the Continue reading

Gerdau divests operation in Spain (US)

  • Gerdau’s special steel operation in Spain serves primarily the automotive industry.
  • The divestment will allow Gerdau to focus on more profitable companies.

Gerdau announced today the execution of a definitive agreement to sell its specialty steel producer in Spain to Clerbil SL, an investment group with international experience formed by local executives of the Company and led by the current CEO of the operation, José Jainaga. he transaction value is € 155 million, with the possibility of receiving up to another € 45 million by the end of five years, depending on future business performance. “Faced with the global challenges of the steel industry, we are seeking to generate more market value andContinue reading

CINDAS: the company that compiles valuable data on materials properties, aerospace structural metals (US)

CINDAS LLC, a private company that compiles data on materials properties and aerospace structural metals, has moved into the Purdue Technology Center Aerospace building. The company, which privatized in 2003, compiles data essential to engineers and scientists worldwide. (Purdue Research Foundation image/Oren Darling

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — CINDAS LLC, a private company that compiles data on materials properties and aerospace structural metals that are essential to engineers and scientists worldwide, has moved into the university’s aerospace district. Frank Mason and his wife, Patricia, who privatized the business in 2003, have moved CINDAS LLC into the Purdue Technology Center Aerospace building. The Masons say the move is the latest sign of the company’s growth. “This little company has become more than just a little company,” said Continue reading

Alloy Wire International targets Japan as part of Far Eastern sales drive (US)

Alloy Wire  is targeting a major sales drive in Japan as it looks to boost its presence in the Far East.

Alloy Wire International, which supplies more than 60 different ‘high performance’ alloys to clients in the automotive, aerospace, oil and gas and nuclear, has invested £100,000 into establishing a new sales partner in Tomoe Engineering and launching a dedicated Japanese website and suite of marketing materials. The Brierley Hill-based company has also recently gone one stage further by joining its new sales team at its first ever Tokyo exhibition, showcasing its unrivalled range of materials and three-week delivery lead times to anContinue reading

Detecting damages in non-magnetic steel through magnetism (US)

Professor Tilmann Beck (left), doctoral student Shayan Deldar (in front of the picture) and Dr. Marek Smaga have developed the process together with colleagues from Mainz. (Credit Photo@TUK/Koziel)

Wear, corrosion, material fatigue—these signs of degradation are common to most materials. This makes it all the more important to detect damage early, preferably on the micro-scale. Magnetic test methods are often used for this purpose, which was previously impossible with non-magnetic steel. Researchers from Kaiserslautern and Mainz have now developed a process in which they apply a Continue reading