The U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory has developed a method of computational analysis that can help predict the composition and properties of as-yet unmade high performance alloys. These materials are made up of multiple elements (four or more) and highly sought after for their simple structures, excellent mechanical properties over a wide range of temperatures, and improved oxidation or corrosion resistance. Advancements in these materials could lead to enhanced jet engine performance and fuel efficiency, as well as other applications in industries where Continue reading
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, following President Donald J. Trump’s executive order to break America’s dependence on foreign minerals, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke signed a secretarial order directing the initial steps to producing the first nationwide geological and topographical survey of the United States in modern history. The order also directs Interior bureaus to begin work on identifying immediate domestic sources for critical minerals. “Right now the United States is almost completely reliant on foreign adversaries and competitors for many of the minerals that are deemed critical for our national and economic security. As both a former militaryContinue reading
NioCorp’s Elk Creek, Nebraska Project has now emerged as one of the few greenfield projects in the U.S. that plans to produce multiple Critical Minerals for which the U.S. is currently 100% reliant on foreign nations such as China and Russia
CENTENNIAL, Colo., May 17, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Trump Administration will officially designate as “Critical Minerals” the entire planned product suite of superalloy metals that NioCorp Developments Ltd.(“NioCorp” or the “Company”) (TSX:NB) (OTCQX:NIOBF) (FSE:BR3) proposes to mine and process at its Elk Creek, Nebraska Superalloy Materials project. The designation establishes the Elk Creek Project (the “Project”) as one of the few polymetallic greenfield mining projects in the U.S. that proposes to produce multiple Critical Minerals – Niobium, Scandium, and Titanium, in this case – that all have key uses in national defense and civilian technologies and uponContinue reading
Sweden-based SSAB, which has operations around the world, has invested $800 million in its Alabama steel mill. The company is moving its U.S. headquarters to Mobile.
A new pilot facility under construction in northern Sweden will produce steel using hydrogen from renewable electricity. The only emissions will be water vapor. With a growing global population and greater urbanization, coupled with technological advancements in pre-engineered metal buildings with high structural integrity, the global steel market is expected to reach US$1.01 trillion by 2025. Yet, at the same time, the steel industry is one of the highest CO2-emitting industries in the world, accounting for 7.0 percent of CO2 emissions globally. This means the Continue reading
A manufacturer of components for civil nuclear power has completed manufacturing, research and consultancy work to allow the world’s oldest working nuclear reactor to restart. (On photo Professor Jesus Talamantes-Silva)
Sheffield Forgemasters International Ltd (SFIL) was contracted by plant operator, AXPO, to investigate the origin of ultrasonic indications which were detected in the Reactor Pressure Vessel (RPV) of Unit 1 of the Beznau nuclear power plant (KKB) in Switzerland, which was taken offline for two years until confirmed to be safe by the Swiss Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate (ENSI). Forgemasters manufactured a large cylindrical forging, identical to the body of the RPV, using techniques employed in the original 1960s manufacture and also acted as engineering and metallurgical consultants, establishing a root cause analysis and delivering detailed reports to support the safety case Continue reading
SHANGHAI, May 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The growing use of lightweight materials for the new energy vehicles is driving demand for aluminium alloy in China and around the world. At the last Auto China show alone, leading brands showcased 174 new energy models and it is predicted by 2020, the number of new energy vehicles in China will reach 2 million. This rapid growth in both production and sales is underpinned by government policiesContinue reading
FRANKFURT (Reuters) – U.S. subsidiaries of European steelmakers Thyssenkrupp (TKAG.DE) and Voestalpine (VOES.VI) have applied for exemptions from looming import tariffs in the United States, according to company comments and public filings.The filings, first reported by German magazine WirtschaftsWoche, have been made by Thyssenkrupp Presta Danville LLC, which requires assembled camshaft tubes, and U.S. subsidiaries ofContinue reading
Fushun Special Steel was once seen as the star subsidiary of Dongbei Special Steel, the country’s biggest bond defaulter, and was excluded from the bankruptcy and restructuring of the state-owned steel giant in 2017 because it was profitable. Also based in Liaoning, the heart of the country’s rustbelt, Dongbei Special Steel was revived after creditors agreed to a restructuring plan that involved Jiangsu Shagang Group Co. Ltd., China’s largest privately-owned steelmaker, investing 4.46 billion yuan to become its largest shareholder with a 43% stake. A person with knowledge of Dongbei Special Steel’s bankruptcy restructuring told Caixin that Fushun’s inventory problems were found only after Jiangsu Shagang came in as a strategic investor and conducted its own audit. Previously, Fushun had not allowedContinue reading
Using 3-D printing technologies and proprietary alloys, will generate entire rockets. Automating rocket manufacturing would result in comparatively low-cost, high-performance spacecraft operational much faster than today’s rockets – Ellis estimates 60 days, in contrast to the 12 to 18 months it currently takes. And the efficiency doesn’t end there.
Five rapidly growing companies pitched their business models on Nov. 30 to a room of senior military officers and investors, including Gen. (ret.) David Petraeus, at this fall’s “Real Deal @ USC” at the Marina Del Rey Hotel. “This is a wonderful opportunity for us to highlight all the interesting things we do here at USC in the area of innovation and commercialization,” said Yannis Yortsos, dean Continue reading
Alan Epstein, Pratt & Whitney’s vice president for Technology & Environment : ” To create light and resilient engines, Pratt & Whitney has added nanoparticles to its engine materials. Nickel-based superalloys – materials made of different metals mixed together to improve strength – are used to make engine components ”
Creating lighter yet powerful engines is just one way the aviation industry is trying to reduce its environmental impact.
Imagine how much cleaner the air would be if 3 million cars were taken off the roads in your city. A hint: Banning just half of Beijing’s 3.3 million cars before the 2008 Olympics cleared its skyline within a few days. The world’s skies may clear in an equally dramatic fashion if the aviation industry could succeed in cutting carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions through more efficient engines, sustainable fuel and use ofContinue reading