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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05/04/2018

Technique combines multiple metals into metallic alloy nanoparticles with unprecedented chemical capabilities

Researchers from four US universities have managed to combine up to eight different metals into single, uniformly mixed nanoparticles, creating new and stable nanoparticles that the researchers say could be used in applications in the chemical and energy industries.  Read More

26/03/2018

Military method slashes titanium production by 50%

Scientists at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory’s (Dstl) Porton Down military research base have reduced the 40-stage titanium production process down to just two, which could cut costs in half.  Read More

23/03/2018

3D printed metallic glass alloys

North Carolina State University researchers have created amorphous metal, or metallic glass, alloys using 3D printing technology. This, the researchers say, opens the door to a variety of applications, such as more efficient electric motors, better wear-resistant materials, higher strength materials, and lighter weight structures.  Read More

12/03/2018

Conductive coating could unlock future biometric and wearable technology

A team of researchers from the College of Engineering at Texas A&M University has developed a mechanically robust conductive coating that it claims can maintain performance under heavy stretching and bending.   Read More

27/02/2018

MIT technology produces electricity from temperature fluctuations

A team of researchers from MIT has come up with a novel way to convert temperature fluctuations into electrical power. Instead of requiring two different temperature inputs at the same time, this ‘thermal resonator’ system takes advantage of the swings in ambient temperature that occur during the day-night cycle.  Read More

30/01/2018

Alloy tested to create foldable wings for supersonic drone

NASA and Boeing have tested a drone that can hit incredible speeds due to a material innovation that allows the wings to dynamically change shape and position based on flight needs.  Read More

17/11/2017

Bonding composite to metal with no adhesives

Working on the Ariel Hipercar project, Powdertech Surface Science has developed a process, that uses no adhesives, for bonding polypropylene glass fibre composite to aluminium for the vehicle’s monocoque chassis.  Read More

06/11/2017

Tungsten to replace lead

EU Directive 2011/65/EU (RoHS 2) regulates the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment, with lead ranked at the top of the list, higher than mercury and cadmium. It means lead is highly toxic and does not break down easily, which is why a weight proportion of only 0.1% is permitted in new electronic and electric equipment. It also has a melting point of 327°C, constituting an additional hazard in case of fire.   Read More

25/09/2017

Scientists use computation to design a super-light crystalline aluminium

Aluminium is already highly prized for its conductivity, low melting point, strength when alloyed, imperviousness to rust and, above all, it’s extremely light weight. Now, researchers from Utah State University and Southern Federal University in Rostov-on Don, Russia have used computational design to conceive a form of crystalline aluminium with an even lower density than standard aluminium.  Read More

14/09/2017

Engineering Materials Live opens next week at Duxford

Engineering Materials Live opens its doors to visitors next Thursday (21st September) at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford in Cambridgeshire, and you can still secure your free visitor badge online to attend.   Read More

12/09/2017

Self-assembling nanoparticles can switch between a mirror and a window

Researchers from the Department of chemistry at Imperial College, London, have made a filter that can change between a mirror and a window by finely tuning the distance between nanoparticles in a single layer.   Read More

08/09/2017

JLR makes closed-loop aluminium recycling in its cars a REALITY

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) Automotive is expanding the use of recycled aluminium in its car bodies to cut waste and reduce carbon emissions. The £2 million project, called REALITY, has found a way to enable the closed-loop recycling of aluminium from end-of-life vehicles back into high-performance product forms for new vehicle bodies manufactured in the UK by JLR.  Read More

05/09/2017

Protective lubrication

Tata Steel has launched Prime Lubrication Treatment (PLT) which, when applied in a thin coating along with the conventional oil layer, is said to provide a superior lubrication system that improves processing of hot-dip galvanised GI steels for exposed automotive panels.  Read More

29/08/2017

Engineering Materials Live returns at Duxford

After the success of the inaugural Engineering Materials Live Exhibition, co-located with FAST Exhibition, at the National Motorcycle Museum in May, the event is back again at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford in Cambridgeshire on 21st September.  Read More

23/08/2017

Shaping the future of magnesium car parts

Magnesium is 75% lighter than steel, 33% lighter than aluminium and is the fourth most common element on earth behind iron, silicon and oxygen. But despite this, manufacturers have been hindered in their attempts to incorporate magnesium alloys into structural car parts. To provide the necessary strength has required the addition of costly rare elements such as dysprosium, praseodymium and ytterbium – until now.  Read More

04/08/2017

Rail Institute calls for lighter weight bogies

An ambitious plan to double the amount of European freight carried by rail could depend on the development of lighter-weight bogies produced using stronger steels and innovative manufacturing techniques, according to findings by experts at the University of Huddersfield.   Read More

21/07/2017

Strengthening 3D printed parts for real-world use

3D printed parts are used in a variety of industries from aerospace and defence to digital dentistry and medical devices. These parts are often fragile and traditionally used in the prototyping phase of materials or as display pieces. Now, US researchers in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University have developed a process to strengthen 3D printed parts so they can be used in a practical way.  Read More

10/07/2017

Time to register for Engineering Materials Live

Registration is now open for Engineering Materials Live, which takes place at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford in Cambridgeshire on 21st September.   Read More

05/07/2017

Robotic manufacture halves production times for steel prefab bridges

Prefab bridge manufacturer, Mabey, is using robots to build parts of a modular steel bridge. The Gloucestershire based firm has invested £2.6 million in robotics, halving the manufacturing time for the company’s flagship C200 bridge’s panels and chords.  Read More

30/06/2017

Osaka University researchers push metals to their limits

Modern aircraft and power generation turbines depend on precision-machined parts that can withstand harsh mechanical forces in high-temperature environments. In many cases, higher operating temperatures lead to more efficient performance. This motivates the search for new ultrahigh-temperature metal alloys that can maintain their shape and strength at temperatures where ordinary steel would melt.   Read More

27/06/2017

Ductile high strength steel developed in WMG project

A project funded by the WMG centre for High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult has developed a process to make high-strength steel without the usual trade-off of increased brittleness. Researcher, Dr Alireza Rahnama, developed the processing that allows low density steel-based alloys to be produced with ‘maximum strength’, whilst remaining durable and flexible – something that has remained largely impossible until now.   Read More

26/05/2017

Nanoalloys to replace pure platinum in fuel cells

According to research conducted by Chalmers University of Technology and the Technical University of Denmark, a new type of nanocatalyst can result in the long-awaited commercial breakthrough for fuel cell cars.  Read More

12/05/2017

Engineering Materials Live: Focussed success

The inaugural Engineering Materials Live Show kicked off on Thursday 11 May at the National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull. Coupled with the long running FAST exhibition, delegates arrived early enticed by the thought of a bacon sandwich and cup of coffee, before quickly turning their attention to the packed exhibitors’ halls and content-rich technical seminar sessions.   Read More

02/05/2017

Engineering Materials Live to open next week as exhibitor space sells out

Exhibitor stands have now completely sold out for the Engineering Materials Live exhibition as the new event is set to open its doors to visitors on 11th May at the National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham.   Read More

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

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