Steel specialist Dillinger is funding material research projects at Saarland University (US)

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Nearly EUR 1 million in continued funding for another three years

The result: three nearly completed doctoral dissertations, 25 bachelor’s and master’s theses, ten international publications, and 20 lectures at scientific conferences.

Offshore wind power plants and pipelines constructed on the ocean floor are subjected to high stresses and loads. Heavy plate steel from Dillinger in Saarland is used for these projects all over the world. “These structures must withstand hurricane-force squalls and enormous ocean currents as well as ensure safe operation under these extreme conditions for decades,” explained Bernd Münnich, who earned his doctorate in materials engineering atRead more

Voestalpine Rotec acquires KTL facilities of Romanian company “Barum Technik” (US)

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Voestalpine Rotec GmbH (Metal Forming Division) has acquired the KTL facilities of the Romanian company “Barum Technik” based in Timişoara. Henceforth Barum Technik will operate as “voestalpine Rotec Coating SRL” with a staff of around 160 employees. The acquisition in the coating sector represents a lengthening of theRead more

Accelerated analysis of the stability of complex alloys (US)

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Prof Dr Alfred Ludwig, Dr Yujiao Li, Alan Savan and Dr Aleksander Kostka (from front to back) – (Credit Photo  © RUB, Marquard )

Material scientists are able to determine if a new material remains stable under temperature load within the space of a few days. They have developed a novel process for analyzing, for example, the temperature and oxidation resistance of complex alloys that are made up of a number of different elements. Previously, such analyses used to take months.

Material scientists at Ruhr-Universität Bochum are able to determine if a new material remains stable under temperature load within the space of a few days. They have developed a novel process for analysing, for example, the temperature and oxidation resistance of complex alloys that are made up of a number of different elements. Previously, such analyses used to take months. The team headed by Prof Dr Alfred Ludwig and Dr Yujiao Li from the Read more

Journée Innovations Métallurgiques pour l’Industrie de la Défense – Ecole Militaire de Paris – 29 Mars 2018

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Le Cercle des Études des Métaux (CEM), dont le siège est à l’École des Mines de Saint-Etienne, organise le 29 mars 2018 une journée thématique  intitulée  “Innovations Métallurgiques pour l’Industrie de la Défense”, dans les locaux de l’Institut des Hautes Etudes de Défense Nationale (IHEDN) au sein de l’École Militaire de Paris. Il s’agit de promouvoir la métallurgie française et ses acteurs et de montrer son apport à l’industrie française de la défense. Cette conférence regroupera des producteurs d’alliages métalliques à hautes performances, des industriels de la défense, des organismes de recherche et des centres techniques, ainsi que des institutions publiques et privées en lien avec le monde de la défense. Les présentations techniques aborderont des sujets à la pointe de l’innovation métallurgique comme la métallurgie des poudres, la fabrication additive, les alliages à hautes performances, les revêtements innovants, l’allègement des matériaux, les nouveaux aciers de blindage et, enfin, les procédés innovants  de contrôle et de mise  en œuvre des matériaux. Cette journée est l’occasion pour des intervenants de haut rang d’exposer leur vision des synergies à développer entre la métallurgie, l’industrie de la défense et le monde de l’innovation et de la recherche.   Read more

Une PME française a mis au point un blindage plus résistant et deux fois plus léger (FR)

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Avec le soutien de la Direction générale de l’armement (DGA), via le dispositif RAPID, et en partenariat avec le CTTC (Centre de transfert de technologies céramiques) de Limoges, la PME française Marion Technologies a mis au point un procédé de fabrication qui, appelé « NANO NOXCERA », permet de produire des blindages 20% plus résistants par rapport aux standards actuels du marché tout en étant deux fois plus légers. Présentée lors du dernier forum DGA Innovation, NANO NOXCERA s’appuie sur les nanotechnologies et allie deux innovations « majeures. » La première porte sur la production d’une poudre céramique à base de carbure de bore, de taille nanométrique. Les propriétés de ce matériau se rapprochent de celles du diamant, du moins pour ce qui concerne sa dureté. « Plus le grain est fin, plus laRead more

Constellium awarded the 2017 Defense Manufacturing Technology Achievement Award for its large scale aluminum hull solution increasing the protection of warfighters (US)

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Finished formed and machined hull – Constellium Paris

14 December 2017 – Amsterdam, December 14, 2017 – Constellium N.V. (NYSE and Euronext Paris: CSTM) was a recipient of the 2017 Defense Manufacturing Technology (ManTech) Achievement Award in the category of Enhancing Military Capability, for its contributions as part of the U.S. Army’s Affordable Protection from Objective Threats (APOT) ManTech program. This prestigious award recognizes individuals from government and the private sector whose ManTech projects result in system enhancements to improve military performance. Dr. Bryan Cheeseman, Team Leader, Material Manufacturing and Technology Branch of the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) nominated Constellium for its efforts in development and maturation of the industrial scale processing of aluminum armor plateRead more

Man dies in explosion at Birmingham Titanium factory (US)

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The explosion occurred at the Timet UK metal smelting plant in Holford Road, Witton. Photograph: Google Street View

Police say blast occurred at around 2.45am at Timet UK metal smelting plant in Witton area of city. 

An inquiry has been launched after a man was killed in an explosion at a metal factory in Birmingham. olice said the incident happened at around 2.45am at the Timet UK metal smelting plant in Holford Road, Witton. The West Midlands fire service confirmed the death and the victim’s relatives have been informed. West Midlands Fire Service operations commander Steve Harris confirmed that the victim was a 39-year-old man and his family had been informed. “Our thoughts are with the victim’s family, his friends and colleagues following this tragic incident,” he said. “It would appear that the incident involved the fracture of coolant pipes. The nature of the material involvedRead more

La corrosion d’un acier en milieu argileux (FR)

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Une équipe de l’Iramis a analysé la corrosion à long terme d’un acier en milieu argileux dans les conditions du stockage géologique de déchets nucléaires : une couche d’oxyde de fer d’épaisseur sub-micronique apparaissant au contact de l’acier fixe la cinétique de l’altération. Un résultat qui enrichit les modèles de corrosion du CEA et de l’Andra !

Le conditionnement de déchets nucléaires à haute activité et vie longue devra comporter plusieurs barrières pour isoler les radionucléides de l’environnement pendant la durée requise par le stockage. L’une de ces barrières est un sur-conteneur en acier qui se corrodera extrêmement lentement, pendant plusieurs milliers d’années. Alors que des expériences de terrain se poursuivent à l’Andra en Read more

AMRC Castings unveil largest ceramic shell titanium casting created in Europe (US)

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The Castings Group of the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) has unveiled the largest ceramic shell titanium casting ever created from a single pour in Europe. The casting is a milestone test piece and will become a showcase for development of the AMRC’s titanium casting facility which became operational earlier this year. The large-scale, near net shape casting is an industrial centrifugal pump housing, used for highly corrosive applications in the chemical and petrochemical sectors. It was poured from a 680kg melt with a 200kg finished partRead more

Thyssenkrupp CEO : “Without steel there will not be electric mobility”

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ESSEN, Germany (Reuters) – Thyssenkrupp’s European steel business, expected to be merged soon with its counterpart at Tata Steel, will get a boost from the auto industry’s shift toward electric vehicles, a senior executive at the group said. Investors and analysts are closely watching any hints from Thyssenkrupp over the restructuring of its steel operations in Europe, with many expecting a merger could mark the first step towards a full exit of the business. However, Bernhard Osburg, head of automotive sales at Thyssenkrupp Steel Europe, highlighted theRead more

Lebronze alloys acquires the business of Bolton Metals, Ltd (US)

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Suippes & Ipswich, December 11, 2017 – Lebronze alloys announces today the acquisition of all the activities of Bolton Metals. This transaction forms part of our Group’s growth strategy through acquisitions and innovation. With this operation, Lebronze alloys Group Read more

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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