Cogne Acciai Speciali Adjusts its Strategy for Growth (Italian)

To adjust its strategy for growth, Italian Special Steels maker Cogne Acciai Speciali will focus mainly on : quality, diversification and human resources. Cogne recruited 62 workers in 2017 and wants to recruit 30 workers in 2018.  Cogne closed the 2017 fiscal year with a increased turnover of  €490 million against €403 million in 2016. The volume increased slightly from 164,000 tons in 2016, to 172,000 tons in 2017. For 2018 Cogne expects a turnover of €520 million and a production of 177,000 tons.Read more

From Atoms to Turbine Blades (US)

Superalloys represent key materials for turbine blades in modern gas turbines for aero engines and power plants. International mobility and global energy supply rely on this fascinating class of high temperature materials. Improvements in efficiency and emissions demand new concepts for alloy design and fabrication technology. This colloquium focuses on recent progress in material and process development in the field of Ni- and Co-based superalloys taking into account future trends in developing, processing and applications of these extraordinary materials. The collaborative research center SFB/TR 103 „From Atoms to Turbine Blades“ aims onRead more

Jinjiang rachète SAM technologies (FR)

Le repreneur ne supprimera que 50 postes sur 740 et investira 42 millions d’euros dans les fonderies de pièces automobiles du groupe Arche, en redressement judiciaire depuis 2016.

La bonne nouvelle est arrivée peu avant Noël. Le tribunal de commerce de Paris a prononcé le 22 décembre la reprise du fabricant de pièces automobiles moulées en aluminium SAM Technologies à Viviez (Aveyron),  en redressement depuis juillet, et de ses sociétés soeurs FVM et Alfisa. Le repreneur est le groupe chinois Hangzhou Jinjiang qui

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Better properties for magnesium alloy (US)

Orthogonal groove strain pressing and fast annealing dramatically shrinks the grain size of AZ31 magnesium alloy, resulting in increased strength and room temperature ductility. Before processing (left), after processing (right).

Magnesium alloy can be made stronger and more workable by hot pressing under optimized conditions to produce an ultra-fine crystalline structure, A*STAR researchers have shown1. The improved material means magnesium alloy will have broader applications as an ultra-light structural material.

Aluminum alloy is currently the go-to light metal for many structural applications, from aircraft fuselages to smartphone bodies. It is light, corrosion-resistant and is relatively easy to shape, weld and work. Alloys of magnesium are up to one-third lighter than alloys of aluminum, and are particularly promising for applicationsRead more

Hitachi Metals Joins IBM to explore the impact of Quantum Computing on the Material Science (US)

Hitachi Metals has joined the IBM Research Frontiers Institute as a Founder, and it envisions that the research into different methods of material development that this will afford—methods such as neuromorphic technologies that leverage cognitive technologies, as well as Materials Informatics —will bring dramatic advancements to its advanced materials R&D.

Yorktown Heights, N.Y. – 14 Dec 2017: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced the first clients to tap into its IBM Q™ early-access commercial quantum computing systems to explore practical applications important to business

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Australian Titomic to trial patented titanium coating technology (US)

Callidus Welding Solutions office and workshop located in Wangara, Western Australia.

Titomic (ASX: TTT) plans to kick-off a collaborative partnership with Callidus Welding Solutions in February 2018, which will involve incorporating Titomic’s kinetic fusion process into Callidus’ rapid additive parts manufacturing to create titanium-coated components. Initially, prototype parts will be developed to ensure they meet Callidus’ performance requirements for its mining, oil and gas clients. “This project will enable Titomic to illustrate how rapid additive manufacturing via the Titomic kinetic fusion process can put companies ahead of their peers and provideRead more

Damen Bags Special Steel Tanks Contract (US)

Johan Dasht (CEO, OKG) and Flip van der Waal (Managing Director, Damen Oskarshamnsvarvet). Photo: Damen Shipyards Group

Damen Oskarshamnsvarvet Sweden has been awarded the contract to manufacture high-precision special steel tanks together with their integrated cassettes for OKG; operator of three nuclear reactors on Sweden’s Simpevarp peninsula. With two reactors due to be decommissioned and dismantled, the tanks will be used to store radioactive reactor parts as part of the disposal process.

While Damen Oskarshamnsvarvet Sweden is best known as one of the ship repair and conversion yards in the Baltic Sea, it has over many years built up a reputation as a niche fabricator of high quality steel structures of all kinds. Its

Unknown Metal Alloys From UFOs Were Recovered By The Pentagon (US)

1945 UFO crash in San Antonio, New Mexico including microscopic analysis of actual materials taken from the UFO.

The Pentagon has revealed that they recovered metal alloys from a UFO that they do not recognize. The materials are said to have properties that are amazing and are currently said to be in storage in buildings in Las Vegas that have been modified.

DOD Admitted To $22 Million Secret UFO Investigation Programme

The Department of Defence admitted that there was a programme that had been kept secret which cost $22 million and this programme was running between 2007 and 2012, and its sole purpose was to look into UFO reports and investigate. An author of the New York Times who revealed that the materials have amazing properties said thatRead more

What is Mondaloy and why should you care?

Monica Jacinto is a materials engineering and processes fellow at Aerojet Rocketdyne. (Credit Photo @ Aerojet Rocketdyne) 

Monica Jacinto is a materials engineering and processes fellow at Aerojet Rocketdyne. Credit: Aerojet Rocketdyne Spolier alert: it’s a superalloy Aerojet Rocketdyne is qualifying for high-performance rocket engines, including the AR1 vying with Blue Origin’s BE-4 to power Vulcan

Aerojet Rocketdyne’s success in developing AR1, an engine designed to replace Russian-made RD-180 engines on United Launch Alliance rockets, hinges in part on its use of Mondaloy, a nickel-based superalloy invented in the 1990s by metallurgists Monica Jacinto, then working at Rocketdyne, and Dallis Hardwick from the Rockwell Science Center. Prior to the 1990s, U.S. engine makers shied away from developing oxygen-rich staged combustionRead more

French steel firm Ascometal attracts four bidders (US)

STRASBOURG, France, Dec 19 (Reuters) – Troubled French steelmaker Ascometal has drawn interest from four potential buyers, union officials said on Tuesday, with commodity group Liberty House and Swiss steel firm Schmolz + Bickenbach confirming their interest. Ascometal, which employs more than 1,300 people, filed for court protection last month after weak steel and oil markets in the past two years undermined an attempted recovery following a previous buyout in 2014. Three companies – Liberty House, Schmolz + Bickenbach and Spain’s Sidenor – submitted Read more

Novel technique expands industrial use of advanced high-strength steel alloys (Us)

Brazilian researcher develops innovative method of laser welding at high temperatures that enhances properties of AHS steel for applications in automotive and aerospace industries (image: Welding Journal)

By Elton Alisson  |  Agência FAPESP – The automotive industry’s demand for high-performance alloys known as advanced high-strength (AHS) steels has increased in recent years owing to increasingly tough passenger safety, vehicle performance and fuel economy requirements. Characterized by improved formability and collision resilience compared to conventional steel grades, high-strength steels have been used in critical safety locations in car bodyRead more

Weldaloy Expands Capabilities Through Equipment Upgrades, Facilities (US)

UES Celebrates win of Materials Characterization Contract with US Air Force Research Laboratory (US)

As the US AFRL’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate (RX) celebrates its century of success, UES celebrates another milestone! We have been awarded a contract to work with the AFRL on Advanced Characterization of Materials (ACOM) at RX’s Materials Characterization Facility (MCF). Structural and functional materials are the backbone of all Air Force systems. Whether for ground-, air- or space-based applications, materials research and characterization support current Warfighter capabilities and enable advancements to meet rapidly evolving mission Read more

Cobalt prices climb after Cobalt 27’s 800 Tons purchase (Us)

Cobalt prices, which are up about 140% so far this year, continued to climb this week, but at a slower pace compared with last week, after the market continued to digest news of Canadian investment vehicle Cobalt 27 Capital adding another 822 mt of the metal to its inventory, bringing its holdings to nearly 3,000 mt.  Toronto-based Cobalt 27Read more

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

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)

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)

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

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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”

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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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