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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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

10/12/2007

Umbrella car wins a prize

The ‘Kota’, conceived by Joonas Vartola, a Finnish student at the Royal College of Arts was awarded the prize for the best individual design in the “Connections Project”, a collaboration between the RCA Vehicle Design department and Corus Automotive focussed on mobility issues in rural areas.  Read More

13/11/2007

Better joining of metal to plastic

Rimless spectacles will benefit from a new laser joining process  Read More

13/09/2007

Fans work at higher temperatures

Aluminium impellers used in emergency smoke extractors can withstand temperatures of 400°C for two hours  Read More

14/07/2006

Glass beads slash weight of cast metal parts

German scientists have used the tiny hollow beads to reduce the density of the components  Read More

12/03/2003

Automotive world first

Mazda has demonstrated the world's first automotive application of aluminium joining using frictional heat. Mark Fletcher takes a look  Read More

10/01/2003

High strength steel keeps passengers in place

Designers of the centre seat assembly on Volvo’s new XC90 vehicle have solved their initial weight and safety problems by using an alternative material for the securing beam, high strength steel. Dean Palmer reports  Read More

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