Novel Process Route for the Manufacturing of TiAl Turbine Blades (US)

Fraunhofer IPT’s Angela Niedermeyer, Thomas Vollmer, Prof. Dr Robert Schmitt and Access eV’s Dr Matthias Bünck examine the novel process route for the manufacturing of TiAl turbine blades in order to enable material-efficient serial production.

High performance inter-metallic alloys based on titanium and aluminium (TiAl) have been attracting interest among aircraft engine manufacturers for some time. In aircraft manufacturing, lightweight materials always have been of great importance. Today, this issue has gained even more importance, not least in regard to the environmental goals set in Flightpath 2050, namely a 75% reduction in CO2 emissions and a 90% reduction in NOx. In this regard, a decrease of the aircraft thrust-to-weight ratio is desirable, which can beContinue reading

Carpenter Technology CEO says center to develop products from alloys to 3-D printed parts (US)

Carpenter’s 500,000-square-foot Alabama manufacturing facility, which began operations in 2014, produces high-end specialty alloy products, primarily for the aerospace and energy markets. It later expanded the Athens site to produce superalloy powders used in applications including jet engine disks and 3-D printed aircraft engine components and other products.

At Carpenter Technology’s Emerging Technology Center, which is expected to open in Tanner in about 12 months, the company will develop and implement future products “from new alloys to revolutionary 3-D printed parts,” according to CEO Tony Thene. Gov. Kay Ivey and executives of Philadelphia-based Carpenter officially announced the company’s plans to invest $52 million in the new center on Monday at the Farnborough International Airshow near London. The company said about 60 jobs will be created over the next five years. During an earnings call earlier this year, Thene said the “industry-leading” center would be focused on Carpenter’s “key growth platforms includingContinue reading

ATI Acquires Aerospace & Defense Additive Manufacturer Addaero (US)

Allegheny Technologies Incorporated ATI, +0.34% today announced that it has acquired Addaero Manufacturing (Addaero), a leader in metal alloy-based additive manufacturing for the aerospace and defense industries, located in New Britain, CT. “This strategic acquisition brings together ATI’s deep knowledge and experience in commercial aerospace and our industry-leading powder metal manufacturing capabilities, including our new aerospace-qualified Bakers Powder Operations, and Addaero’s technical expertise to produce aerospace quality parts using variousContinue reading

U.S. Army and Missile Defense Agency to develop novel high-strength, magnesium alloys (US)

These new alloys, with further development, show tremendous potential to save 30% or more in structural weight by replacing cast and wrought 2000, 6000, and 7000 series aluminum alloys in transportation, space, and defense applications. Replacing steel with aluminum can lead to an ~40% weight savings and using magnesium alloys instead of aluminum can lead to a further weight reduction of ~30%.

Ohio—Terves LLC. (“Terves”) is pleased to announce that it was selected by the U.S. Army and Missile Defense Agency to continue development of novel high-strength, non-flammable, nanostructured magnesium alloys for light-weighting applications. Terves received the Department of Defense (“DoD”) SBIR (Small Business Innovative Research) support to enhance its patent-pending cast and wrought Magnesium alloys derivedContinue reading

Norsk Titanium Collaborates with QuesTek Innovations LLC (US)

July 20, 2018 – Farnborough, UK – July 17, 2018 – Norsk Titanium (Norsk) and QuesTek Innovations LLC (QuesTek) announce a collaborative effort to test novel titanium alloys for applicability in additive manufacturing processes. As part of this collaboration, the companies are evaluating a QuesTek-designed titanium alloy using Norsk’s Rapid Plasma Deposition™ (RPD™) process. Preliminary evaluation of the alloy is complete and NTi has manufactured initial test specimens.   The test program will characterize the alloy microstructure, provide initialContinue reading

Materion Testifies on Stategic Materials Committee at the United States Senate (US)

Materion’s Greg Gregory testifies before U.S. Senate’s Committee on Energy & Natural Resources

MAYFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jul 18, 2018–Materion Corporation (NYSE:MTRN) yesterday testified before the Committee on Energy & Natural Resources of the United States Senate about the importance of critical minerals to the U.S. military and the U.S. economy. Responding to an invitation from Chairman Murkowski of Alaska, Materion Natural Resources President Greg Gregory testified to the need for a whole-of-government approach to critical minerals.   “We appreciate the opportunity that Chairman Murkowski offered us to explainContinue reading

U.S. Commerce launches national security probe into uranium imports (US)


U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Wednesday that he has launched a new national security investigation into uranium imports that could lead to tariffs or quotas to limit them.

WASHINGTON (AFP) –  The United States on Wednesday began investigating whether uranium imports threaten national security, launching a process that could see yet more tariffs imposed on exports from allied countries. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced the probe would cover the entire uranium sector, including mining and enrichment, and both defense and industrial uses. “Our production of uranium necessary for military and electric power has dropped from 49 percent of our consumption to five percent,” Ross said in a statement.  He pledged a thorough, fair and transparent investigation of the matter. Ross formally notified Defense Secretary JimContinue reading

Arconic Unveils Advanced Titanium Alloy for Higher Temperature Aerospace Applications (US)

“ARCONIC-THOR is a breakthrough aerospace material that goes where conventional titanium alloys cannot,” said Jeremy Halford, President, Arconic Engineered Structures.  Within Arconic’s patented alloy ranges, ARCONIC-THOR’s specific proprietary formulation demonstrates three times improved oxidation resistance compared to existing high temperature titanium alloys. This improved oxidation resistance protects against deterioration at elevated temperatures and enables ARCONIC-THOR to operate at service temperatures higher than any other conventional titanium alloy available on the market.

As next generation aero engines run hotter, ARCONIC-THOR™ delivers a lighter, more cost-effective titanium alternative to incumbent nickel-based superalloys

  • Patented ARCONIC-THOR is nearly 50 percent lighter than incumbent nickel-based superalloys for higher temperature applications in aero engines and adjacent structures—driving cost savings and fuel efficiency for customers
  • ARCONIC-THOR offers three times improved oxidation resistance which enables it to operate at service temperatures higher than any other conventional titanium alloy available on the market
  • Company has completed successful development projects with commercial aerospace and defense customers, including a U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory project with partners Boeing and Honeywell

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Arconic (NYSE: ARNC) today announced the commercial availability of an advanced titanium alloy— called ARCONIC-THOR— that is designed for higher temperature applications in next Continue reading

VSMPO & Boeing will launch aircraft components from a new plant in Russia (US)

Amidst current Washington-Moscow tensions, Ural Boeing Manufacturing (UBM), a joint venture between Russian VSMPO-AVISMA and Boeing will launch production of aircraft components from its new plant in the Titanium Valley Special Economic Zone, Sverdlovsk Region of Russia. The UBM facility will perform rough and final machining of titanium blanks, airplane fuselage components, wing and pylon structural elements, chassis parts forContinue reading

More than two years after acquiring PCC Warren Buffett has no regrets (US)

More than two years after acquiring Precision Castparts Corp. at a cost of $37.2 billion, Berkshire Hathaway Inc.’s leadership has no regrets — about the acquisition, or the man in charge of the company. At the conglomerate’s annual meeting in Omaha this past weekend, a questioner suggested Portland-based Precision was losing “pre-eminence” as an aerospace industries supplier and performing weakly, and asked about its long-term outlook. “Longer term, and in the shorter term, it’s a very, very good business,” Berkshire Chairman WarrenContinue reading