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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15/09/2014

Changing consensus: Modern magnesium alloys

Everyone remembers holding a piece of magnesium foil over a Bunsen burner and watching it rapidly combust in to a brilliant white flame. It's a powerful demonstration that is etched on the mind, leaving many to automatically equate magnesium with flammability.  Read More

13/06/2014

Aerospace industry moves to carbon fibre wings

The superior strength to weight ratio of carbon fibre reinforced polymers has made the material a popular choice for aerospace applications, as engineers look to make more efficient – and therefore lighter – aircraft structures. But, while the material offers improvements in some key properties, others are not always desirable.  Read More

12/09/2013

DIY Metallurgy: Making your own metals and alloys

For many, Formula One is the pinnacle. Not only does it attract some of the best drivers in the world, but its engineers are widely regarded as some of today's most motivated and talented.  Read More

18/03/2013

Bloodhound: Choosing the best materials for the job

You can imagine the phone call, can't you? Project leader Richard Noble, enthusiastic and nonchalant as ever, asking about the materials for the wheels of Bloodhound, the car that aims to break the 1000mph barrier.  Read More

18/03/2013

New price comparison site is dedicated to engineering materials

A price comparison website has recently launched that is specifically aimed at the buying and selling of engineering materials.   Read More

13/12/2012

Material innovation combats rail fatigue

Materials innovation BEEAs winner Howard Smith, a research metallurgist at Tata Steel Europe, outlines the motivation and technology developed for combating rolling contact fatigue on the railway.  Read More

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

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