Australian Outstanding Metallugist Sir Rupert Myers : Inspiring scientist with a passion for education

A materials scientist, academic and distinguished university administrator, Emeritus Professor Sir Rupert Myers was in 1948 one of the first two people to be awarded a PhD from an Australian university. As UNSW’s second vice-chancellor, he was instrumental in establishing the university’s character and presence in the academic world. After developing processes for producing uranium powder and converting plutonium compounds into metal as a metallurgist in England, Sir Rupert joined UNSW in 1952 as the foundation chair of metallurgy. In 1961 he became pro vice-chancellor and then in 1969 he became vice-chancellor, continuing in that role until 1981. The politicalContinue reading

3D printing technology enhancing logistics for Army (US)

A Soldier holds a cap used to protect the fire extinguishing system housed in the wheel wells of Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles. Without the cap, MRAPs are deemed non-mission-capable. Soldiers in Korea saved 1,472 operational days for their MRAPs by 3-D printing the caps for about $2.50 each. (Photo Credit: Sam Curtis)

FORT MEADE, Md. — As 3D printing increases both in the field and at depots, the Army’s Center of Excellence for Additive and Advanced Manufacturing is slated to reach initial operating capability this year at Rock Island Arsenal, Illinois.  Lt. Gen. Aundre Piggee, the Army’s deputy chief of staff, G-4, outlined the Army’s current 3D printing capabilities at the 2019 Military Additive Manufacturing Summit and Technology Showcase Feb. 6, in Tampa, Florida.  At the summit, defense, academia, and industry officials were privy to the latest additive manufacturingContinue reading

La spectaculaire réussite d’Aperam Alloys (FR)

Spécialiste des alliages spéciaux, Apéram Alloys, à Imphy, est l’un des leaders mondiaux dans son domaine. Ils sont utilisés dans une quarantaine de pays. La société est nominée pour les Trophées des réussites 2019, dans la catégorie “international”. Rester compétitif sur le marché mondial. Tel est le défi permanent d’Apéram, spécialiste des aciers inoxydables, électriques et spéciaux. Des productions issues de minerais purs ou du recyclage de matériaux, à savoir les déchets des productions de l’entreprise elle-même ou d’autres clients. « Notre terrain de jeu, c’est le monde », insiste Frédéric Mattéi, directeur général de la division alliages et spécialités, et président d’Apéram Alloys Imphy. «

Sukhoi Inspects 48 Superjets for Cracks in Uncertified Titanium (US)

Some six weeks after Brussels Airlines prematurely ended SSJ100 operations due to what it called long downtimes and aircraft complexity, Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SCAC) found itself embroiled in another scandal, this time involving the alleged use of poor quality titanium parts in roughly a quarter of the active Superjet fleet. On Wednesday, Russian media reported that about 50 aircraft might have developed micro cracks in landing gearContinue reading

NETL-Supported Scale-Up of Nickel Superalloy Component Manufacturing Processes for Advanced Ultrasupercritical Technology Moves Forward (US)

The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), in partnership with Energy Industries of Ohio Inc., is set to scale up the fabrication of components made from advanced nickel superalloys that will help bring advanced ultrasupercritical (AUSC) power plant technology to the level of readiness for commercial-scale demonstration. ConventionalContinue reading

Arconic To Split Into Two Separate Companies (US)

Aluminum-parts manufacturer Arconic Inc. said it plans to spin off one of its two main business units after rejecting a $10 billion offer for the entire company and abruptly replacing its chief executive. Arconic on Friday didn’t say whether it would aim to divest the aluminum-sheet rolling or aerospace-components unit. The company said smaller businesses that don’t fit into either unit would be sold. “We did not receive a proposal for a full-company transaction Continue reading

Kobe Steel to increase production capacity of steel powder plant (US)

February 7, 2019 – Kobe Steel, Ltd – TOKYO, February 7, 2019 — Kobe Steel, Ltd. plans to invest approximately 1.8 billion yen to increase the production capacity of its Steel Powder Plant in Takasago, Hyogo Prefecture in western Japan. The production capacity of steel powder products will increase to 110,000 metric tons per year, from the current 96,000 metric tons per year. Mass production is scheduled to begin in the April–June quarter of 2021. Kobe Steel’s steel powder products are mainly used in powder metallurgy to make automotive sintered parts such asContinue reading

Hindalco Industries eyes lithium to strengthen its aluminium business (US)

Hindalco Industries is eyeing lithium in the minor mineral space in order to strengthen its aluminium business. “Lithium is the closest to our (aluminium) business, and in India, there could be some opportunities in this minor mineral. We are watching. If we get an opportunity we will get into this minor mineral,” said Satish Pai, managing director of the company. The country’s largest aluminium producer has captive bauxite mines in Continue reading

Midhani on expansion and diversification drive (US)

State-owned Mishra Dhatu Nigam Limited (Midhani), a strategic defence public sector company, is on an expansion-cum-diversification mode setting up an integrated plate mill, a 3D printing facility for alloy powders and carbon fibre materials and is at an advanced stage of finalising plans for a 4,000-crore unit with Nalco, which is awaiting Central Continue reading

Navy Seals’ future Flight Soldier Turbine Needs Advanced Superalloys (US)

In terms of air-breathing turbines, there really wasn’t anything available in the thrust class needed. The military’s demand for high-speed target drones drove advances in metal alloys for building lightweight turbines. Improved nickel alloys made turbine wheels stronger and allowed them to withstand higher temperatures without distorting

Functioning rocket packs were featured in 1960s-era TV shows such as “Gilligan’s Island” and “Lost in Space,” and James Bond donned a Bell Rocket Belt in 1965 to escape villains in “Thunderball.” But the flight duration for such compact machines — a class of aircraft called individual lift devices, or ILDs — was measured in seconds, and their fuel source was exotic. Breakthroughs in the past decade in miniaturization of electronics and the casting of advanced nickel alloys, however, have radically altered key technologies needed for developing practical, useful ILDs. JetPack Aviation in California expects to have a full-scale ILD prototype ready for initial flight testing by Continue reading