U.S. Department of Defense develops advanced alloys for the next generation of infrared imaging technology (US)

As part of a U.S. Department of Defense Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative effort, Arizona State University Professor Yong-Hang Zhang will study the quality and stability of silicon-germanium-tin alloys and develop innovative device architectures for infrared applications. 

Brass, bronze and steel are metal alloys in which the combination of chemical elements — copper and zinc, copper and tin, iron and carbon, respectively — create unique properties, such as high strength and corrosion resistance, that can be used for particular purposes.  Arizona State University Professor Yong-Hang Zhang and Associate Professor Andrew Chizmeshyaare exploring these purposes as part of a U.S. Department of Defense Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative effort. They will study the fundamental material properties Continue reading

Carlyle to Acquire Forgital, an Italian company producing large forged and machined components for Aerospace (US)

Thu, 30 May 2019- Global investment firm The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG) today announced it has reached an agreement to acquire the entire shareholding in Forgital, a manufacturing company producing large forged and machined components for use in the aerospace and industrial industries, controlled by members of founding Spezzapria family

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Scott Schiffres Earns Award to support research to find intermetallic alloys that cool more quickly (US)

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Scott Schiffres has received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award to support research to find intermetallic materials (alloys) that cool more quickly than materials in current use

Mechanical engineer looks for alloys to dissipate heat more quickly than materials in current use

Anyone who has had a computer or cellphone overheat will appreciate the research that Scott Schiffres, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, is conducting with support from a five-year, $500,000 National Science Foundation CAREER Award. His project, which will be fully underway in the fall, is titled “Intermetallic Interfacial Thermal Transport for Advanced Electronics Manufacturing,” and his goal is to find new alloys that form intermetallics – metal alloys with defined crystal structures – onto silicon with thermal properties that can dissipate Continue reading

Dunkirk Specialty Steel receives $10M investment for modernization (US)

Dunkirk Specialty Steel LLC, a leading U.S. manufacturer of semi-finished and finished specialty steel products, unveiled several state-of-the-art upgrades and modernization efforts at its Dunkirk facility. These renovations are the result of a $10 million capital investment from parent company Universal Stainless and Alloy Products, Inc., and collaborative efforts by the County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency, City of Dunkirk Department of Development, and NYS Empire State Development. The 800,000 square-foot facility has installed a new $10 million bar turn and burnish line, as well as a new General Electric phased array nondestructive testing system. The addition of the specialty equipment from Germany and Japan makes the Dunkirk-based unit finishing cell the most advancedContinue reading

Hybrit project aims to ‘revolutionise iron and steelmaking’ (US)

A project called Hybrit is aiming to revolutionize the iron and steelmaking by removing fossil fuels from the process.

The initiative says it is developing methods to replace coking coal, which is traditionally needed for ore-based steelmaking, with hydrogen. Executives involved in the project will be presenting a number of seminars at Hannover Messe next week. Leading companies from the industry – such as SSAB, LKAB and Vattenfall – plan to replace coking coal with fossil-free electricity and hydrogen, developing what would be the world’s first fossil-freeContinue reading

Chinese group sparks oversupply fears in steel market (US)

Fears of oversupply in the Chinese steel market, the world’s biggest, rose sharply on Thursday after the country’s largest producer suffered a plunge in profits.

Baoshan Iron and Steel Co, the main listed arm of the world’s second-largest steelmaker BaoWu Steel Group, was hit by slowing demand for the grey metal and higher costs. The 46 per cent plunge in net profits to Rmb2.7bn ($400m) in the first quarter compared with the same period last year adds to supply concerns. The possibility of output exceeding domestic demand in China, which accounts for half of global steel production, raises the prospect of the country again using exports as a pressure valve, flooding international markets with excess material and suppressingContinue reading

Framatome invests €12.6 million on its site of Ugine and inaugurates its new VAR furnace

On Wednesday April 10, the new VAR furnace was inaugurated in the presence of government representatives, elected officials, partners from the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region and employees. After two and a half years of work, the Ugine Framatome site (Fuel BU) is now equipped with an additional VAR (vacuum arc remelting) furnace and a new control cabin, allowing various site alloys to be melted using state-of-the art equipment.

“This investment of 12.6 million euros over four years is vital for the sustainability of our activities, serving our customers in the nuclear, aerospace and metallurgical industries,” commented Marc Lo Pizzo, Site Director. “I am proud of this investment, and the professionalism of the teams mobilized to complete this project. This new equipment is an additional way to meet our national and international customers’ needs, and will be a driver of progress and future development for Ugine and its 300 employees”

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The Global Open-Die Forging Market (US)

The global open-die forging industry is looking back to some of the more difficult years in history. However new developments and challenging requirements from the markets lead to an especially increasing demand for high quality forgings. The global open-die forging market reached a volume of 5.2 million tonnes in 2017, an increase of 5% over the year 2016 as selected markets recovered. Overall the main markets for open-die forgings are in different phases of their business cycle. The aerospace industry is promising steady growth, the automotive industry growing Continue reading

Il y a dix ans, 50 % des aciers n’existaient pas (FR)

Une mission sénatoriale sur les enjeux de la filière sidérurgique dans la France du XXIe  siècle est en cours. Pour quoi faire ? Les sénateurs François Grosdidier (LR) et Jean-Marc Todeschini (photo ci-dessus) chacun vice- présidents de cette mission, donnent leur sentiment. Le rapport sera rendu fin juin.

Pourquoi une mission parlementaire sur la sidérurgie du XXIe  siècle ?

Jean-Marc TODESCHINI : la sidérurgie, et donc l’acier, ou plutôt les aciers – on en dénombre plus de 3 500 –, sont indispensables à toute notre industrie ; du BTP aux instruments chirurgicaux en passant par l’automobile, etc. La filière n’est peut-être pas rentable mais elle est primordiale à l’économie de notre nation.

Que découvrez-vous au fil de vos visites et auditions ?

François GROSDIDIER : Trop de gens restent dans l’image de la sidérurgie de papa ou de Zola. Or, il s’agit d’un

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Scientists apply AI to predict material properties (US)

Researchers from Singapore, the U.S. and Russia have developed artificial intelligence that can be applied to materials science, in order to predict and engineer material properties. This could lead to creating new materials with special properties

Technologists at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore have teamed up with scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology to build a machine learning system that is capable of predicting changes to the properties of materials from straining the material. It is hoped that the new approach will lead to the engineering of new materials with tailored properties. Potential applications include Continue reading