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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20/10/2015

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

20/10/2015

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

16/10/2015

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

23/09/2015

Titanium process benefits medical devices

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

22/09/2015

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

22/09/2015

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

15/09/2015

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

01/09/2015

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

03/08/2015

Metal manufacturer invests £250k

Worcestershire based precious metal contacts and precision metal pressings specialist, Samuel Taylor, will shortly be commissioning a new multi-slide press to increase its production capacity for terminal blocks and circuit breaker components following high demand for the materials.  Read More

26/03/2015

£15m funding allows phase II of metal casting at Brunel

The UK government has awarded £15million funding to Brunel University, London, to fund a second phase of the new Advanced Metal Casting Centre.  Read More

24/03/2015

Valve plate eclipses steel in reciprocating compressors

The efficiency and reliability of reciprocating compressors can be substantially improved through the use of valve plates made of Victrex Peek, claims the company.  Read More

17/03/2015

‘Bio-tribology’ tests defined for orthopaedic implants

The orthopaedic implant sector is in a continual state of development, witnessing an explosion in novel materials' application and radical design alterations. This process is, however, often laced with challenges and articulating joints present a great number of these.  Read More

16/03/2015

Sheffield produce world's biggest casting

Whoever said, 'Britain doesn't make anything anymore', obviously isn't from Sheffield. In fact the city is producing some of the largest castings ever produced for German company SMS Meer.  Read More

13/02/2015

Service provides on-demand design and optimisation

Established to provide design and optimisation expertise for additive manufactured components to the high end engineering industries, Additive Design Consultancy (ADC), is a new company, based in Essex.  Read More

12/02/2015

Microscopic visualisation examines how steels fracture

Researchers from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) have visualised, step-by-step, and on a microscopic level, how certain steels fracture when extreme loads are applied to them. This could help to improve materials used in the automobile industry.  Read More

23/01/2015

Elastic waves captured and controlled says research team

Engineering researchers at the University of Missouri have developed a material that has the ability to control elastic waves and believe their technology might have a range of applications.  Read More

22/01/2015

Hardide adds US manufacturing facility

Surface coating specialist Hardide Coatings is investing £4.5million in a US manufacturing plant to support customers in the oil and gas, aerospace, flow control and advanced engineering markets. The investment follows a recent increase in the capacity of Hardide's UK facility in Bicester.   Read More

21/01/2015

Project launched to half the weight of car exhaust pipes

A project to cut the weight of car exhausts in half is being supported by a grant from the Niche Vehicle Network's Research and Development Programme. Experts from JSE-UK, Unipart Eberspächer and Coventry University - in conjunction with a local high-performance vehicle manufacturer - plan to design and make exhaust systems weighing just 20kg through an intense six-month project.   Read More

20/01/2015

Less toxic fuel cells

A new fuel cell concept is set to enhance efficiency while simultaneously removing hazardous heavy metal ions.  Read More

15/01/2015

Scottish steel market set for expansion

Following a successful first 18 months for Barrett's Tube Division in Scotland, the company has announced a major investment north of the border with the launch of Barrett Steel Scotland.  Read More

12/01/2015

£9m Russian rolls contract for Sheffield engineering firm

Sheffield Forgemasters has secured contracts for forged steel rolls with Russia worth more than £9 million.  Read More

16/12/2014

New alloy offers highest strength-to-weight ratio

Researchers from North Carolina State University and Qatar University have developed an alloy that has a low density similar to that of aluminum, but is stronger than titanium.  Read More

14/10/2014

Nanodiamonds boost wear resistance of nickel plating

Materials specialist Carbodeon has achieved a threefold improvement in the wear resistance of electroless nickel through the addition of nanodiamonds.  Read More

30/09/2014

Stronger, lighter steel developed for automotive industry

Tata Steel has developed a new grade of steel for the automotive industry. The move is in response to market requirements for stronger and lighter steels.  Read More

02/09/2014

Steel pistons cut fuel consumption by 3%

As part of its quest for ever greater fuel economy, Mercedes-Benz has replaced the aluminium pistons in its diesel passenger cars with hi-tech steel ones.  Read More

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