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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15/09/2008

PVD coatings enhance temperature resistance of titanium aluminides

PVD coatings are being developed that are expected to allow titanium aluminides, which offer very high strength to weight ratios, to be used at higher temperatures  Read More

15/09/2008

Heart of glass

Renewed understanding of how glass is formed could form the basis for a new family of high strength materials. Julie Bieles reports  Read More

13/07/2008

On a roll

Advances in steels and roll forming machines are lowering the cost of making structural, high strength 3D parts. Tom Shelley reports  Read More

13/07/2008

Brazing joint boosts titanium enclosures

A new type of brazing joint will help designers to improve the thermal properties of hermetic titanium enclosures  Read More

19/06/2008

Joined together

Delegates at the Joining Technologies Design Day learnt about lots of new techniques in joining – and the best way to pull their fingers apart after a superglue accident. Lou Reade reports  Read More

06/05/2008

Lightning strike framework

A Nimrod aircraft has been surrounded in more than 4.5km of aluminium profile in a framework in order to conduct lightning strike tests  Read More

06/05/2008

Explosive thinking

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

10/04/2008

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

09/04/2008

Saving weight under water

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

09/04/2008

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

09/02/2008

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

24/09/2007

Close bonds in the new stone age

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

24/09/2007

Extrusions see the light

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

24/09/2007

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

12/06/2007

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

14/05/2007

Join together

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

13/03/2007

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

22/02/2007

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

12/10/2006

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

22/09/2006

High strength steel wire for composites

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

22/09/2006

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

07/03/2006

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

27/01/2006

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

16/09/2005

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

16/09/2005

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

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