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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Explosive thinking

Aluminium can be welded to steel for ships and offshore structures by incorporating explosively bonded transition joints  Read More


Joining in

Advances in bonding, welding, joining and fastening will be explained in greater depth at Eureka’s ‘Joining Technologies’ Design Day next month  Read More


Saving weight under water

Tom Shelley reports on the redesign of formerly naval equipment for civilian applications using aluminium  Read More


Cheaper motors offer higher efficiency

A range of motors could be made more efficiently – and more cheaply – thanks to a new magnetic material. Lou Reade reports  Read More


Time for a little bonding

Two techniques developed at Fraunhofer Institutes could lead to stronger glasses that are made more quickly and cheaply. Lou Reade reports  Read More


Close bonds in the new stone age

Tom Shelley reports on leading edge developments in joining ceramics  Read More


Extrusions see the light

An aluminium company has cracked the problem of applying aluminium extrusion technology to magnesium alloys   Read More


Light touch

Advancing production technology, and an ability to make products with less environmental impact are helping to boost the use of aluminium. Jonathan Ward reports  Read More


It’s bond – ultra-thin bond

Ultra-thin materials can now be joined without using glue or welding filler wire, as Julie Bieles reports  Read More


Join together

Tom Shelley reports on a technique similar to adhesive bonding that will join dissimilar materials to one another   Read More


Mixing extruder makes ‘impossible’ alloys

Tom Shelley reports on a manufacturing technique that allows the casting of light metal components from alloys and mixtures normally impossible to cast  Read More


Magnetic refrigeration gets rid of gas

Tom Shelley reports on an alternative refrigeration technology that uses no gas and could retain its efficiency even when used on a very small scale  Read More


Nanolayer cuts friction between moving parts

Dean Palmer reports on a lapping process that bonds a polymer layer onto the surface of metals to reduce surface roughness  Read More


High strength steel wire for composites

Tom Shelley reports on an old idea brought up to date  Read More


New materials found across the Galaxy

Vehicle manufacturers are turning to high strength steels for their combination of structural, crash and weight benefits. Dean Palmer reports  Read More


Fast cooling yields extra high strength

Tom Shelley reports on an advanced light alloy technology commercially available after many years of R&D  Read More


Redesign essential to make best use of increased strengths

Tom Shelley reports on a just held design seminar on how to take best advantage from using high strength steels  Read More


New steel ideal for lightweight, rigid designs

A new stainless steel has been developed that offers ultra-high strength combined with good formability, corrosion resistance and a good surface finish.  Read More


Italians use more aluminium because they understand its advantages

Tom Shelley reports on a seminar on the findings of a DTI organised mission to discover why the Italian extrusion industry is doing so much better than ours  Read More


New high temperature seal material retains its springiness

Dean Palmer reports on a new material for piston rings that manages to retain its springiness properties at temperatures of 1,100°C and above  Read More


Colours take a shine to coated steels

Tom Shelley reports on novel coatings for steel strip that are likely to be of interest to a wide range of product designers  Read More


Hoist 'highlites' usefulness of aluminium

A portable hoist for mobility impaired individuals has been developed using anodised aluminium for a lightweight, high strength, low cost construction   Read More


Fingers align tubes for perfect joining

Perfect welding of tubular components requires lining them up and keeping them lined up during the process  Read More


Thin bronze strips make light barriers

Tom Shelley reports on how a born again idea will greatly help users of solar screening, lighting and ventilation grilles  Read More


Steel for a better engineering future

Tom Shelley reports on developments in affordable high tensile   Read More

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