Materials will lead the Energy Transition Revolution (US)

MIT Energy Initiative Director Robert Armstrong welcomes attendees to MITEI’s annual research conference, which featured panels on topics ranging from climate change to energy startups to the critical role artificial intelligence and machine learning can play in developing technology for a low-carbon energy future. (Credit Photo @ Photo: Eric Hayne)

MIT Energy Initiative Director Robert Armstrong offers his perspective on the takeaways from MITEI’s annual research conference.

“From nanomaterials to metal alloys, materials are going to play a role in everything from energy production and conversion to transmission, distribution, and end use”.

MIT Energy Initiative Director Robert Armstrong

The MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) 2018 annual research conference brought together energy researchers, policymakers, and industry members working on cutting-edge technologies and business models for the transition to a low-carbon future. Panels ranged from the latest developments in the fight against climate change to innovations for creating a better environment in which energy startups can thrive. A special segment of the conference, presented Continue reading

Arconic weighs $11 billion offer from Apollo (US)

Aluminum products maker Arconic Inc’s (ARNC.N) board of directors is mulling an $11 billion acquisition offer it received last Friday from buyout firm Apollo Global Management LLC (APO.N), according to people familiar with the matter. The offer is at a small premium to where Arconic shares are trading, adding pressure on the U.S. company to decide if it will remain independent after President Donald Trump’s imposition of aluminum tariffs drove up its costs this year and weighed on business prospects. Apollo’s offer values Arconic at between $23 and $24 per share, one of the sources said. Arconic shares ended trading on Monday at $21.45. Arconic had $6.3 billion inContinue reading

Japanese researchers identified new alloy that can withstand ultra-high temperatures and pressure (US)

AsianScientist (Oct. 9, 2018) – A research group in Japan has identified a metal capable of withstanding constant forces at ultrahigh temperatures. Their findings are published in Scientific Reports. Heat engines are key to the future of harvesting energy from fossil fuels. Creep behavior—or a material’s ability to withstand forces under ultrahigh temperatures—is an important factor for heat engines since increased temperatures and pressures lead to deformation. Understanding a material’s creep can help engineers construct efficient heat engines that can Continue reading

Aubert & Duval to showcase high performance metals at Professional MotorSport WorldExpo (US)

Aubert & Duval offers a range of high-performance materials and other solutions for motorsports (Courtesy Aubert & Duval)

Aubert & Duval, Paris, France, will showcase its range of high performance metals for the motorsport and automotive markets at the Professional MotorSport WorldExpo, to be held in Köln, Germany, November 7–9, 2018. The company supplies metal powders and HIPed parts, as well as bar products and die forgings. Its range includes high-speed steels, nickel and cobalt base alloys, titanium alloys and stainless steels. Among its offerings are Continue reading

Industeel mise sur le «Savoir Faire» et le «Savoir Fier» de ses employés (FR)

Quand on travaille à l’aciérie ou à la tôlerie, on ne sait pas forcément pour qui. Alors ce jeudi, Industeel a rassemblé et mélangé ses employés et donné la parole à ses spécialistes marketing des aciers spéciaux. 

Il y a une chance sur deux pour que les voitures du Président de la République soit blindée avec des aciers «made in Creusot» élaborés par Industeel, groupe ArcelorMittal. Une chance sur deux pour la voiture présidentielle, mais aussi pour tout ce qui concerne les protections blindées. Notamment pour l’armée française. C’est une des applications des aciers spéciaux élaborés au Creusot que la direction d’Industeel a voulu montrer à ses employés, jeudi 18 octobre à L’arc. Deux grosses vagues d’employés ont investi le petit théâtre de L’arc. Notamment des employés venus de l’aciérie du Breuil ou de la tôlerie. Cédric Chauvy, directeur de l’établissement du Creusot, est Continue reading

ArcelorMittal veut produire moins de CO2 (FR)

Le directeur du campus R&D, Frédéric Grein. (Credit Photo@AFP/Jean Christophe Verhaegen)

Les questions d’environnement et de mobilité figurent au centre de la recherche et développement du groupe sidérurgique ArcelorMittal.

Le campus de R&D de Maizières-lès-Metz (Moselle), le plus important du groupe, est en première ligne pour la mise au point de nouveaux produits et des processus industriels pour les produire, a expliqué son directeur Frédéric Grein, vendredi, lors d’une visite du site qui fête ses 60 ans. L’objectif est «porter les améliorations et les innovations sur le terrain» pour «aider les usines du groupe à améliorer leurs paramètres de rendement, de qualité et de productivité», résume-t-il. Et il faut ensuite «aider les clients à utiliser au mieux les nouveaux produits», ajoute-t-il. La maîtrise des émissions de CO2 constitue l’un des premiers impératifs pour le producteur d’acier et répond aussi à

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ThyssenKrupp CEO calls for restraint on global steel production (US)

The World Steel Association predicts a slowing of demand next year as China’s growth declines

Steel makers in China and the rest of the world need to do more to reduce overcapacity, according to Guido Kerkhoff, chief executive officer of Germany’s ThyssenKrupp. While China has made good progress in curbing over-production, there’s room for even more cuts, Mr Kerkhoff said in Shanghai on Saturday. The biggest steel making nation has reshaped the industry in the past three years by closing plants, tightening environmental controls andContinue reading

US Army Develops New Gold-Silver Alloy for Military use (US)

U.S. Army Research Laboratory scientists Dr. David Baker and Dr. Joshua McClure pose in their lab at the Adelphi Laboratory Center, where they are working to lighten the load and enhance the power of Soldier devices used on the battlefield. (Credit Photo -U.S. Army Photo by Jhi Scott)

  • Army researchers are using metallic alloys to lighten the load and enhance the power of Soldier devices used on the battlefield.
  • This research was recently featured on the cover of Advanced Optical Materials.

ADELPHI, Md. (Oct. 2, 2018) — What happens when gold and silver just don’t cut it anymore? You turn to metallic alloys, which are what Army researchers are using to develop new designer materials with a broad range of capabilities for our Soldiers. This is exactly what scientists Dr. David Baker and Dr. Joshua McClure from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory are doing to lighten the load and enhance the power of Soldier devices used on the battlefield. Their research, conducted in collaboration with Prof. Marina Leite and Dr. Chen Gong atContinue reading

US Navy and Lockheed Martin Put Artificial Intelligence Into 3D Printers (US)

The drive to push 3D printing into the field is getting a boost from an unexpected ally — artificial intelligence that can monitor robots and teach them how to do a better job.

One thing about airplanes—especially ones that fly from aircraft carriers, where they’re battered by saltwater and tough deck landings—is that they need lots of spare parts that are not always on hand. Instead of flying in new parts, though, future Navy ships may be able to make new ones to order. Picutre an intelligent, laser-wielding robot that can analyze the damage and 3D-print the needed titanium alloy parts from an onboard supply of metallic dust. This is one glimpse of the future proposed by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), which today announced a two-year, $5.8 million contract to create a new generation of super-smart 3D printers. The printers would not onlyContinue reading

Australian’s Comsteel Celebrates 100 years of steelmaking (US)

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