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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Morphing metal could shape the future of soft robotics

A team of engineers from Cornell University, led by Professor Rob Shepherd, have created a hybrid material that they say could enable robots or vehicles to change shape to carry out specific tasks.  Read More


Grain refiner breakthrough for magnesium alloys

A team of scientists, led by Dr Hari Babu Nadendla from the Brunel Centres for Advanced Solidification Techniques at Brunel University London, claims to have perfected the first ever grain refiner master alloy for magnesium-aluminium alloys.  Read More


Norsk Titanium to build rapid plasma deposition machine assembly and test facility

Titanium additive manufacturer for the aerospace industry, Norsk Titanium has broken ground on a 3000 square metre European assembly and test centre outside Oslo, Norway.  Read More


FAST and PPME Exhibition registration now open

Registration has now opened for the FAST Exhibition, co-located with the brand new Plastics, Prototyping and Metals Exhibition (PPME), which takes place at The Concorde Conference Centre in Manchester on 21st April 2016.  Read More


Commercialised PBT moulding compounds for laser welding

Panasonic has announced that it will start mass production of polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) moulding compounds for laser welding in March, 2016. The company says this will contribute to the enhancement of long-term reliability and the flexibility of design of automotive switches and sensors.  Read More


Making sense of metallic glass

A team from the Carnegie Institution is trying to understand the rules that govern metallic glass's creation. High-pressure research can be used to probe structure on an atomic level and understand a material's state of order or disorder.  Read More


Corrosion-resistant magnesium could replace aluminium in decreasing vehicle weight

Magnesium is the lightest construction metal, but also the most reactive. This means that it is very sensitive to corrosion, making it difficult to use in corrosive environments. For more than a hundred years, magnesium producers have strived to improve its corrosion characteristics by developing new, more corrosion-resistant alloys, and developing various coatings.  Read More


Nanoparticles used to create ‘super strong’ magnesium

A ‘super strong’ yet light structural metal with an extremely high specific strength and modulus has been developed by researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).  Read More


CPI to support innovation in the UK metals industry

The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) is to run an innovation support programme aimed specifically at small and medium sized businesses operating across the UK metals processing supply chain. This programme will enable companies to respond to the changing business environment caused by the recent downturn in the steel sector.  Read More


Graphene takes flight

A partnership between The University of Manchester’s National Graphene Institute (NGI) and a Chinese aviation company could take graphene composite-based planes a step closer to reality.  Read More


Researchers make world’s thinnest plates that can be picked up by hand

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania claim to have created the thinnest plates that can be picked up and manipulated by hand.  Read More


Eliminating 'springback' to help make cars more environmentally friendly

A team of researchers, led by Dr Komgrit Lawanwong, at Hiroshima University has engineered some subtle refinements to metal forming techniques that have allowed them to prevent a problem called ‘springback’, which plagues the process of bending high-strength steel (HSS).  Read More


Nanopillars increase efficiency of solar cells

Stanford University scientists have discovered how to hide the reflective metal upper contact on the surface of solar cells and funnel light directly to the semiconductor below. It is said that the metal contacts that carries the electrical current hinders the cell’s efficiency.  Read More


20 carat gold almost as light as air

Scientists led by Raffaele Mezzenga, professor of food and soft materials at ETH Zurich, have produced a three-dimensional mesh of gold that consists mostly of pores. It is the lightest gold nugget ever created. "The so-called aerogel is a thousand times lighter than conventional gold alloys. It is lighter than water and almost as light as air," claimed Mezzenga.  Read More


Steel hardening could enable more efficient engines

Scientists of KIT's Engler-Bunte Institute are working on a process for the case-hardening of steel with the aim of producing more efficient combustion engines. The process is called low-pressure carbonitration: At temperatures between 800 and 1050°C and total pressures below 50millibars, the surface of the components to be hardened is enriched with carbon and nitrogen and subsequently hardened by quenching.   Read More


Super-slick material makes steel stronger

Researchers at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have developed a way to make steel stronger, safer and more durable. Their surface coating, made from rough nanoporous tungsten oxide, is claimed to be the most durable anti-fouling and anti-corrosive material to date, capable of repelling any kind of liquid even after sustaining intense structural abuse.  Read More


Strong, light aerospace material developed

Global testing group, Exova has undertaken a test programme on a new corrosion-resistant stainless steel alloy (CRES) for a consortium of leading aerospace organisations. The new material is being developed for use in landing gear components and is claimed to be unique in its strength, lightness and affordability. Exova provided the consortium with a range of tests to determine strength, fracture toughness and stress corrosion cracking resistance.  Read More


Tata Steel confirms nearly 1200 job cuts

Tata Steel has announced that 1170 jobs are being cut at its plants in Scunthorpe and Lanarkshire. They are the latest in a series of job losses across the UK steel sector and follow news that administrators have been appointed to parts of Caparo Industries' steel operations.  Read More


Removing defects and maintaining strength of metals through cyclic healing

A team of researchers from institutions including Carnegie Mellon University, Xi'an Jiaotong University in China, MIT, and Johns Hopkins University, has developed a technique called cyclic healing that uses repetitive, gentle stretching to eliminate pre-existing defects in metal crystals.   Read More


Boeing unveils metal that is ‘slightly lighter than air’

Boeing claims to have created the worlds lightest metal, stating how the breakthrough could have major implications for aircraft and automotive fuel efficiency. The material is composed of a microlattice structure made of 99.99% air which makes it light enough to balance on top of a dandelion.  Read More


Titanium process benefits medical devices

Photo-etching of titanium is opening up an array of possibilities for medical device OEMs.  Read More


Magnetic, non-magnetics?!

Scientists have demonstrated for the first time how to generate a magnetic field in metals that are not naturally magnetic. The development could end reliance on rare and toxic elements commonly used by industry today.  Read More


Cutting costs in aircraft turbine production

A vibration clamping system has been produced by the Fraunhofer Institute to allow faster milling of aircraft turbine compressor blades. The system will aid damping by 400 times, cutting costs by nearly £4000. Turbine blades are long and thin, and producing them causes them to vibrate like a tuning fork. To avoid this, manufacturers mill each blade step by step. However, this manufacturing process has its own problems as tension causes the geometry to become slightly warped.  Read More


WWII brass bell recovered from seabed

Encrusted with marine life, the bell of the HMS Hood has been recovered from the seabed despite being sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 74 years ago. It was recovered over a mile and half under the surface of the water, on the bottom of the Denmark Straight, where it was sunk following an encounter with the German battleship Bismarck in 1941. The team that recovered it was led by Microsoft founder and philanthropist Paul G Allen.  Read More


HDDC process for aluminium heat sinks and liquid cold plates

Aavid Thermalloy has announced its High Density Die Cast (HDDC) heat sinks. These heat sinks are said to offer several advantages over their machined, die cast and extruded counterparts.  Read More

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