Purdue University Raises $800,000 to develop high-performance propellant that uses an aluminum, lithium alloy for missile, space launch systems (US)

Static fire stand for a rocket test using a propellant called ALITEC that uses an aluminum, lithium alloy.   A test fire by Adranos Inc. of a high-performance, solid propellant for long-range missile and space launch systems. Adranos officials say the novel propellant has more thrust and is less corrosive than traditional solid propellants.  The propellant could be used by the Army, Navy, Air Force, NASA, and other Department of Defense agencies as well as U.S.-allied nations.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Adranos Inc., a Purdue University-affiliated company developing a novel high-performance, solid propellant for long-range missile and space launch systems, has raised $800,000 to further advance the technology. Adranos is developing a propellant called ALITEC that uses an aluminum, lithium alloy that has more thrust and is less corrosive than traditional solid propellants. Brandon Terry discovered the innovative rocket fuel while working on his Ph.D. at Purdue. “This is a significant improvement over traditional fuels, and the Continue reading

Future owner plans to increase Romanian steel plant’s capacity by one million tons (US)

British group Liberty House, the future owner of ArcelorMittal Galati, the biggest steel plant in Romania, plans to increase its production by 1 million tons by 2021/2022. The group also plans to invest in the primary and rolling facilities at the plant,Liberty House CEO Jon Bolton said in a meeting with deputy prime minister Viorel Stefan on Friday,October 26. The two officials also spoke about investments in education, research and design as well asContinue reading

Magellan becomes Aeromet A20X foundry licensee (US)

Magellan Aerospace (“Magellan”) and Aeromet International Ltd (“Aeromet”), have announced today that Magellan’s Haley, Ontario site has joined the global network of foundries licensed to manufacture cast parts using the advanced A20X™ aluminium alloy. Developed and patented by Aeromet in the UK, A20X™ is the world’s strongest aluminium casting alloy and is used in aerospace, defence, and space applications by major OEMs. Mike Continue reading

Taber Extrusions Announces New Extrusion Billet Casting Capacity (US)

Leading aluminum extruder Taber Extrusions announces the planned addition of 7”billet molds to their extrusion billet casting facility in Gulfport, MS. Taber’s addition of the 7” molds further enhances Taber’s existing offering of extruded aluminum billet products to Taber’s newly refurbished Gulfport Casthouse.

Taber Extrusions, LLC is announcing the planned addition of 7”billet molds to Taber’s existing extrusion billet casting facility in Gulfport, MS. Taber’s addition of the 7” molds further enhances Taber’s existing offering of extruded aluminum billet products to Taber’s newly refurbished Gulfport Casthouse. 7” extrusion log will be Continue reading

Wuxi Xingsheng Special Steel Co.,Ltd Announces Availability Of AISI Steel Portfolio (US)

From AISI 4140 steel to AISI 4340 steel and AISI 1045 steel, Wuxi Xingsheng Special Steel Co.,Ltd. supplies steel for forgings for many industries, including aerospace, agriculture, automotive, defense, oil and gas and others. AISI steel is known for its high impact resistance and superior heat treatment capabilities. Wuxi Xingsheng Special Steel Co.,Ltd maintains a significant portfolio of AISI steels with different specifications that have varied applications in different industries. Industrial clients can check their portfolio and can pick steels with custom specifications for different types of forgings. According to company spokesperson, customers can check their AISI 4140 steel, which is a low-alloy steel with only 1% Cr and Mo as the strengthening alloy elements. It has higher carbon content as compared with AISI 4130 steel and shows an excellent balance of strength and toughness. The spokesperson reveals

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Titanium pipework at 100 bars for the UK’s first electric propulsion system for satellites (US)


The first electric satellite propulsion system to be entirely designed and built in the UK is in the final stages of manufacturing and should be shipped out before the end of the year. The Xenon Propulsion System (XPS) module is a key part of Thales Alenia Space’s Spacebus platform for geostationary telecommunications satellites.  Electric propulsion, which uses and is often called “ion thrusters”, is increasingly being used by the commercial spaceContinue reading

Derrière Ascoval, un écosystème local (FR)

Métiers de la ferraille, services à l’industrie, tuberie voisine… : un millier d’emplois sont liés au destin de l’aciérie nordiste, selon les élus et les syndicats.

 Si tout le monde joue le jeu jusqu’au bout, Ascoval peut être sauvée et nous garderons une filière des aciers spéciaux en France », a lâché le président de la région Hauts-de-France Xavier Bertrand, à l’issue de la réunion à Bercy mercredi,  au terme de laquelle le gouvernement s’est accordé un délai d’un mois pour peaufiner le plan de reprise. De fait, au-delà de la seule aciérie nordiste et de ses 281 salariés, c’est tout un écosystème industriel qui Continue reading

Rhenium : A Critical Rare Metal for the Military Engines For Jet Fighters (US)

Roughly 52,000 kilograms, or 52 metric tons, of rhenium was produced worldwide during 2017. The United States is by far the largest consumer of this critical mineral, accounting for 42,600 metric tons, or nearly 82 percent, of last year’s global production. Nearly 80 percent of the rhenium consumed in the United States is used in superalloys vital to highly efficient jet turbine engines. “The high-temperature properties of rhenium allow turbine engines to be designed with closer tolerances, thus enabling increased thrust and higher operating efficiency,” the USGS explains. The turbine engines in older generation U.S. military aircrafts, such as the F-15 and F-16 fighters, were made from a nickel-based superalloy containing 3 percent rhenium. The turbines in newer generation fighters, such as the F-22 and F-35, contain 6 percent rhenium. The higher rhenium content alloys and limited supply pushed the price of rhenium to a high of US$10,600 per kilogram before the markets crashed in 2009.

Enormous copper-gold deposit in Alaska contains enough of this superalloy metal to supply global needs for 40 years. With a melting point of 5,756 degrees Fahrenheit and a heat-stable crystalline structure, rhenium is extremely resistant to both heat and wear. This durability makes it a vital element in superalloys used in jet and industrial gas turbine engines. “The high-temperature properties of rhenium allow turbine engines to be designed with finer tolerances and operate at temperatures higher than those of engines constructed with other materials,” the United Continue reading

Standford Innovative Artificial Intelligence Program Recreates the Periodic Table (US)

A Stanford team has developed an artificial intelligence program that recreated the period table of elements; they aim to harness that tool to discover and design new materials. (Credit Photo: Claire Scully)

In a first step toward generating an artificial intelligence program that can find new laws of nature, a Stanford team created a program that reproduced a complex human discovery – the periodic table.

It took nearly a century of trial and error for human scientists to organize the periodic table of elements, arguably one of the greatest scientific achievements in chemistry, into its current form. A new artificial intelligence (AI) program developed by Stanford physicists accomplished the same feat in just a few hours. Called Atom2Vec, the program successfully learned to distinguish between different atoms after analyzing a list of chemical compound

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Weber Metals Unveils $180 million, 60,000-ton forge press (US)

Inauguration day for the 60,000-ton closed-die forging press in Paramount, CA, October 2018.

A $180 million, 60,000-ton forge press made its debut last week at Weber Metals, Inc., a Paramount-based manufacturing division of Otto Fuchs KG of Germany. Its addition is estimated to create 200 manufacturing jobs for area residents. Company officials also noted that the state of California contributed $20 million in tax credits to the project, which currently stands as the world’s largest private investment in aerospace metal forging. “This innovative technology will literally forge the future for parts made for aircraft and spacecraft,” said Dr. Hinrich Mählmann, managing partner of OTTO FUCHS KG. “This, the world’s largest pull-down forging press, will Continue reading