Metals and Alloys Features

Find in depth design and production features about metals and alloys. Our editors bring you a host of the latest thinking, views and opinions about this more traditional material type. Find out how to get more from design and manufacture, as well as the latest updates from the next generation of metallics.

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24/09/2012

Beyond the obvious

Metal matrix composites are often overshadowed by carbon fibre composites. However, the materials have distinct advantages that should not be overlooked. Justin Cunningham investigates.   Read More

15/06/2012

Clever metal

The continual search for lighter and stronger materials is never as simple as it seems. Justin Cunningham reports on the metal innovations that aim to answer the challenge.  Read More

17/01/2012

Advanced Engineering Show 2011: Adressing material shortcomings

The Advanced Engineering show held at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) served up a host of innovative materials for engineers to assess and critique. The sheer number of materials available on the market has never been more varied. But there is no perfect material and it is up to engineers to find the best fit for the product or application at hand.  Read More

09/12/2011

Keeping it steel

Can steel really compete with aluminium and composite materials when it comes to lightweighting? Justin Cunningham talks to a company that says it can.  Read More

12/05/2011

Metals work with composites for aerospace

Tom Shelley reports on why both metals and composites are crucial in aerospace constructions.   Read More

16/03/2011

New steels set challenging problems

Tom Shelley reports on developments in new steels and manufacturing affect the design of cars.  Read More

13/01/2011

Composites and metals combine for strength

Tom Shelley reports on how composite patches can strengthen metal structures and thick metal coatings can enhance composites.   Read More

15/11/2010

The sticking point

Eureka's Joining & Fastening Round Table event concluded that much greater knowledge and consideration of joining techniques is needed.  Read More

13/10/2010

Light alloys set to fly

Tom Shelley reports on latest developments in magnesium alloys  Read More

13/10/2010

Steel advances

Tom Shelley reports on some of the dramatic advances now being made in very high strength steels that are low enough in cost to be used in mass market products  Read More

13/07/2010

Safety first

Tom Shelley reports on some of the cutting edge developments in the oil and gas sector.  Read More

13/07/2010

Welding techniques boost aerospace

British-developed technologies allow the fabrication of more advanced rocket fuel tanks and nozzles as well as ground based products.  Read More

08/03/2010

Titanium advances into new markets

Tom Shelley reports on why more designers should take a serious look at using titanium alloys.  Read More

09/02/2010

Process modelling improves aero engine design

Rolls-Royce uses modelling of aero engine disc manufacturing processes to enhance the understanding of process, material and component design interactions. Justin Cunningham reports.  Read More

05/01/2010

A clear future for plastic bonding

A fast way of joining plastics and synthetic fabrics, especially those that are transparent  Read More

09/11/2009

Metal technology powers onward for efficiency

Tom Shelley reports on metallurgy at the leading edge, especially where it delivers energy efficiency and power  Read More

09/11/2009

Nanotechnology leaves the labs

Can aluminium loaded with nanotubes offer a genuine alternative to advanced alloys and carbon composites? Justin Cunningham reports  Read More

04/11/2009

Metal laser sintering of titanium gains importance in the market

An increasing number of applications involving series production and customised manufacture of parts from titanium powder is reported by EOS, which manufactures additive layer, laser sintering systems at its Krailling factory near Munich.  Read More

05/10/2009

Amorphous steel transforms electrical efficiency

Super efficient transformers with cores made of amorphous steel have been introduced to the UK by Wilson Power Solutions in Leeds  Read More

14/07/2009

Steel alloy fabric is a cut above

Tom Shelley reports on prize winning health and safety innovations that rely upon advanced materials   Read More

08/06/2009

Joining high strength steels

Progress in arc welding and brazing high strength steels. Tom Shelley reports  Read More

08/06/2009

Active tilting set to roll out

The tandem two seater urban car that aims to ease congestion and have low emissions for the inner city. Justin Cunningham investigates  Read More

14/05/2009

Magnetic fields generate volts

Tom Shelley reports on a new family of sensors and transducers coming to market that are based on advanced materials  Read More

13/03/2009

Hard work

The continued development of a hard coating process is set to benefit mould toolmakers, Tom Shelley reports  Read More

14/11/2008

Copper-bottomed guarantee to beat hospital infections

The efficacy of copper and copper alloys has been rediscovered as a means of killing bacteria in hospitals. Tom Shelley reports  Read More

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