Metals and Alloys News

The most recent news and innovations from metals and alloys industries. Find news about steel, aluminium, magnesium, copper, new and complex alloys, metal foams as well as joining and manufacturing.

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21/04/2017

NASA creates 3D printed 'Space Fabric'

Raul Polit Casillas, systems engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and his colleagues have designed an advanced woven metal fabric for use in spacesuits and structures.  Read More

18/04/2017

Two new magnetic materials built atom-by-atom by computer

Material scientists from Duke University, in North Carolina, have predicted and built two new magnetic materials, atom-by-atom, using high-throughput computational models, marking a new era for the large-scale design of new magnetic materials at unprecedented speed.  Read More

10/04/2017

Latest exhibitors announced for Engineering Materials Live and FAST Exhibitions

With one month to go until doors open for the co-located FAST Exhibition and Engineering Materials Live exhibitions, the event has so far seen record pre-registration levels for attendees and several new additions to its exhibitor portfolio of leading suppliers from the fastening, bonding and engineering materials sectors.  Read More

17/03/2017

Next-gen steel under the microscope

Next-generation steel and metal alloys are a step closer to reality, thanks to an international research project involving a University of Queensland scientist. The work could overcome the problem of hydrogen alloy embrittlement that has led to catastrophic failures in major engineering and building projects.  Read More

15/03/2017

The world’s strongest and most adaptable material

The makers of Braeön (pronounced “brawn”) say it’s plastic composite material is a lighter, more versatile alternative to rope of metal while exhibiting the most beneficial features of both. Boasting a tensile strength of over 900kg, a 100ft length of the composite ribbon weighs less than 0.5kg.  Read More

24/02/2017

£128m investment in advanced materials research institute

Jo Johnson, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, has confirmed £128million of funding for research equipment and facilities to develop advanced materials. £105m of the funding will be devoted to the construction of the building to host the Henry Royce Institute at The University of Manchester.  Read More

07/02/2017

Machine learning accurately predicts metallic defects

Researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have built and trained machine learning algorithms to predict defect behaviour in certain intermetallic compounds with high accuracy. They say this method will accelerate research of advanced alloys and lightweight materials for applications in automotive and aerospace.  Read More

31/01/2017

Revealing solidification cracking during the welding of steel

Research led by the University of Leicester has made a breakthrough in understanding how solidification cracking occurs during the welding of steel. The team proposed that solidification cracks grow by linking micro-porosities in the meshing zone in the solidifying weld pool. This is the first time that researchers have observed solidification cracking in steel and sheds new light on why the alloy may crack during the process.  Read More

30/01/2017

Harvard scientists create metallic hydrogen

More than 80 years after it was theorised, Harvard scientists have reportedly succeeded in creating metallic hydrogen. The material is theorised to have a wide range of applications, including as a room-temperature superconductor, making it not only one of the rarest materials on the planet, but potentially one of the most valuable.  Read More

19/01/2017

Ohio State scientists find a way to remove defects from from alloys to enable jet engines to run hotter and cleaner

Researchers at Ohio State University have found a way to deactivate ‘nano twins’ to improve the high-temperature properties of superalloys that are used in jet engines. The discovery could speed the development of powerful and environmentally friendly turbine engines of all sorts, including those used for transportation and power generation.  Read More

11/01/2017

740 automotive jobs saved in bid to bolster UK supply chain

Metals trading firm, Liberty House, has acquired metal stamping and robotic assembly specialists CovPress, securing 740 skilled jobs at the firm's plant in Coventry. The automotive Tier 1 supplier has been searching for a buyer since entering administration last September.  Read More

26/12/2016

Modified metals for space engineering produced in microseconds

Russian scientists from Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU) and the Institute of High Current Electronics have developed a method to apply wear-resistant coatings on metals by followed fusing them in substrates. Such modified materials, through a combination of lightness, strength and corrosion resistance, could be used in mechanical engineering, aviation and space engineering.  Read More

19/12/2016

New technology for powder metallurgy

Tecnalia leads EFFIPRO (Energy EFFIcient PROcess of Engineering Materials) project, which shows a new manufacturing process using powder metallurgy. The main aim of this project is to develop a significantly shorter PM process using a new concept of hybrid electrical current assisted sintering and hard materials with improved properties, thus resulting in a more energy efficient and cost effective process.  Read More

29/11/2016

Consortium formed to produce cheaper titanium for aerospace industry

The FASTForge project, a consortium comprising Safran Landing Systems, Metalysis, the University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) and the University of Sheffield, is working to produce aerospace-grade titanium components at less than a third of the current price.  Read More

26/10/2016

Tata Steel introduces XPF800 for lighter and innovative chassis applications

Tata Steel has launched XPF800, a hot-rolled steel for demanding chassis applications. The new steel is said to offer an unprecedented mix of strength and formability, which gives manufacturers increased design freedom and weight-saving potential, while still being able to create components that guarantee stiffness and fatigue resistance in the chassis system.  Read More

24/10/2016

AFRC partners with international machine manufacturing firm

German-based machining company WF-Maschinenbau has renewed its membership agreement with the University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre, part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult.  Read More

21/10/2016

Soft magnetic alloy allows more efficient designs

Specialty alloy producer, Carpenter Technology, has launched a soft magnetic alloy called CARTECH HYPOCORE. The alloy is said to exhibit excellent soft magnetic properties compared to existing commercialised grades of non-grain oriented electrical steel and is suited to applications within the aerospace, transportation, medical, energy, and consumer markets, among other sectors.  Read More

21/09/2016

Spectrographic and AMRC Training Centre partner to provide Applied Educational Technical Metallurgy Courses

As the metallurgy industry continues to expand and diversify, Spectrographic has joined forces with the AMRC Training Centre to begin delivering training courses for industry personnel of all levels of expertise.  Read More

31/08/2016

Three weeks left to secure your free ticket to the FAST Exhibition

The Williams Conference Centre, Grove, Oxfordshire, is the place to be on 22 September 2016 when it plays host to The Fastening & Assembly Solutions and Technology (FAST) Exhibition.  Read More

30/08/2016

3D printed steel bracket yields fresh innovation for construction giant

Construction giant Arup is claiming that 3D printing is to make its construction debut, following the announcement it has produced a series of metallic brackets that are re-engineered structural steel elements. The part is designed to fit firmly into real-world, ‘hard hat’ construction projects, and could signal a new direction for the company, as it begins to experiment with additive manufacturing technology in the field of construction and engineering.  Read More

25/08/2016

Research 'error' leads to metal processing breakthrough

US researchers have discovered a way of smelting metal using electricity, potentially revolutionising the way the metallic materials are produced. The team’s breakthrough came while doing unrelated electrochemistry work with batteries.  Read More

21/07/2016

Titanium-gold alloy four times harder than most steels

Titanium is the leading material for artificial knee and hip joints because it's strong, wear-resistant and nontoxic, but an unexpected discovery by Rice University physicists shows that artificial joints can be improved with the addition of gold at a ratio of three to one and with a specific atomic structure.  Read More

19/07/2016

Researchers develop centimetre scale structures with nanoscale features

Researchers from Virginia Tech have found a way to create lightweight, strong, super elastic 3D printed metallic nanostructured materials with unprecedented scalability, a full seven orders of magnitude control of arbitrary 3D architectures.  Read More

29/06/2016

World’s first self-cleaning metals inspired by lotus leaves

A team of European researchers has harnessed new photonics technology to develop the first fluid-repellent, antibacterial, metal surface. Taking inspiration from the defence mechanisms of plants such as the Lotus leaf, the ‘High Throughput Laser Texturing of Self-Cleaning and Antibacterial Surfaces’, or ‘TresClean’, project’s breakthrough could enable the production of self-cleaning sheet metal on an industrial scale for the first time.  Read More

13/04/2016

One week to go until the FAST Exhibition - Don't miss out!

There is only one week to go until the FAST Exhibition opens its doors at The Concorde Conference Centre in Manchester. Taking place on 21 April, the FAST exhibition has been created to provide you with a single location to meet fastening experts and discover the answers to your design problems.   Read More

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