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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18/06/2012

Steel industry calls for shift in vehicle regulations

The World Steel Association has called for vehicle emissions regulations to be based on a total lifecycle assessment (LCA). It said some alternative materials being used to lighten structures such as aluminium, magnesium and carbon fibre produce emissions during manufacture that can be five to 20 times greater than steel.  Read More

18/06/2012

Ceramic tips treat tumours

Morgan Technical Ceramics has designed and manufactured ceramic tips for a ground-breaking medical device that destroys tumours in a minimally invasive procedure.  Read More

21/05/2012

Graphene based composite could provide less toxic way of rust-proofing steel

Researchers in the US have developed a new graphene based composite for rust-proofing steel that could serve as a non toxic alternative to traditional hexavalent chromium based coatings.  Read More

17/04/2012

Tata Steel to invest £800million in Welsh plants

Global steel giant Tata is planning to invest £800million in the Welsh steel industry over the next five years.  Read More

07/03/2012

Novel material could make cars lighter and cheaper to run

A new inexpensive and lightweight material capable of withstanding extreme stresses could make cars and trains more economical to run.  Read More

13/12/2011

New material combines best qualities of copper and metal foam

A novel copper foam said to combine the outstanding thermal conductivity of copper with the structural benefits of a metal foam is now available from Huntingdon based manufacturer Goodfellow.  Read More

29/06/2011

Container benefits from longest ever Edbro telescopic cylinders

UK metals recycling specialist Dunn Bros' new horizontal container ejection loader depends on telescopic cylinders from Edbro, which, at a 12.5m stroke, are the largest ever produced by the British company.  Read More

09/03/2011

Oldest jet powered aircraft airworthy again

In a combined effort to keep the world's oldest flying jet aircraft working, 1940s engineering and 2011 welding expertise have joined forces at manufacturing, engineering, materials and joining specialist TWI.  Read More

24/09/2010

New research centre aims to rejuvinate UK metals manufacturing

Brunel University has launched a £9million metal engineering centre in a bid to rejuvenate the UK's flagging manufacturing sector. The Manufacturing Research Centre aims to make a significant contribution to the £17billion a year metals industry through the development of advanced technologies for reuse, remanufacture and recycling of secondary metals. The centre is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).  Read More

16/06/2010

Nano twins make super strong copper and stainless steel

A Chinese research group has succeeded in making copper more than 10 times as strong as it is normally, without adversely affecting its electrical conductivity and a popular grade of stainless steel up to five times stronger, by commercially viable manufacturing techniques.  Read More

15/06/2010

Squeeze formed wheels are lighter and stronger

Squeeze formed wheels for the Warrior FV150 Infantry Fighting Vehicle are 35% lighter and have a performance life four times longer than traditional forged steel wheels for armoured fighting vehicles, according to GKN Land Systems.  Read More

09/02/2010

Nano lubricant project well under way

BHR Group has started working as project manager of the part EC funded AddNano nano lubricant project.  Read More

09/02/2010

Brazed assemblies used in Europe’s first mission to Mercury

Morgan Technical Ceramics is supplying ceramic/metal assemblies for the solar-electric propulsion system used in BepiColombo, Europe's first spacecraft mission to Mercury, which is expected to launch in 2014.  Read More

29/01/2010

World's largest linear friction welding machine

Developers claim to have created the world's largest linear friction welding machine, capable of welding a suface area of 10.000mm2 - nearly twice as much as previously achieved – and which breaks the record of weld forge load at 100tonnes.  Read More

02/12/2009

Digital laser scanner speeds welding of wind towers

A scanning-spot laser sensor designed to automate and speed the manufacture of wind towers has been launched by Meta Vision Systems. Designated DLS200, the sensor is produced at the company's factory in Oxfordshire and can be used on and other structures containing metal of different thickness.  Read More

11/11/2009

Inflatable boat designed as underwater vehicle

Gloucestershire based Severn (7) Shipbuilders has designed and developed an innovative rigid inflatable boat that is able to submerge and operate underwater.  Read More

09/11/2009

Laser polisher achieves surface smoothness of 50nm

Polishing metal surfaces is a demanding, but monotonous, task. Polishing machines are not believed to be adequate alternative for experts because they cannot get to difficult parts of the surface.   Read More

14/10/2009

F1 regulation changes bring better steels for general automotive transmissions

The development of high performance steels to extend the life of transmissions of F1 cars to more than one race is expected to benefit driveline reliability and efficiency of a wide range of vehicles.  Read More

06/10/2009

Nanotubes make aluminium nearly as strong as steel

By adding agglomerations of carbon nanotubes to aluminium using powder metallurgy, it is possible to achieve tensile that almost match those of steel.  Read More

29/07/2009

Lockheed Martin UK to help re-invent the wheel for world’s fastest car

Lockheed Martin UK is to assist in the design of the wheels for the Bloodhound Supersonic Car.  Read More

26/05/2009

Clinics promoting copper innovations to sustain health

The Copper Development Association (CDA) is organising surgeries in Central London, commencing in July, which aim to raise awareness about ways to incorporate copper in health care designs to reduce risks of bacterial infection for patients.  Read More

04/02/2009

Copper can be stronger, but retain ductility

Research undertaken at the Technical University of Denmark, in association with the Shenyang National Laboratory for Materials Science and the Chinese Academy of Sciences, has shown that it is possible to produce copper which is four times stronger than commercially available material whilst retaining ductility.  Read More

31/10/2008

Copper-bottomed guarantee to beat the bugs

The efficacy of copper and copper alloys has been rediscovered as a means of killing bacteria in hospitals  Read More

04/07/2008

On a roll

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

13/06/2008

New show focuses on hybrid components

The event, hybridica, will take place in Munich alongside electronics exhibition electronica in November  Read More

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