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Pioneering engine block innovation uses plasma coating
High performance casting specialist Grainger & Worrall (GW) is working in conjunction with Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) to develop a new type of cylinder block that uses plasma coatings to reduce the weight and size of engines.
Leading global aluminium organisations sign MoU
The International Aluminium Institute (IAI), the global association of aluminium producers, and the
Rusal comments on European Commission decision to impose anti-dumping duty on aluminium household foil from Russia
RUSAL, a leading global aluminium producer, considers it necessary to make the following statement in relation to the decision of the European Commission dated December 17, 2015 to impose a definitive anti-dumping
The future of metal laser melting
Metal laser melting has mastered the leap from rapid prototyping to recognised production technology. Additive manufactured parts are used in a wide range of industries. Toolcraft has expanded its machinery in order to more effectively meet the demand, with an M2 Cusing multilaser system made by Con
Ceramics keep supersonic record challenger cool
Cooling a 135,000bhp, 1000mph car poses critical challenges for safety and performance that now, just six months ahead of the first run, the Bloodhound team is looking to solve.
Composites for next generation combustion engines?
By the year 2020 the first cylinder housings manufactured from polymer composite materials will be introduced into passenger car and motorcycle engines, replacing the aluminium components currently in use, predict
3D printed, CNC machined, or moulded prototypes - which and when?
This article by Proto Labs looks at the respective roles in prototyping of 3D printing, CNC machining and injection moulding.
Clean Soderberg project reduces aluminium smelting emissions
UC RUSAL has launch the Clean Soderberg project at its Irkutsk aluminium smelter (IrkAZ). The total cost of this modernisation project (from 2010 to 2020) is estimated at $122 million. The technology is designed t
Automotive EMI shielding: silicone gels enable lighter structures
Although EMI and thermal issues have been prevalent in the military and aerospace sectors for many years, the rapid development and evolution of both automotive electronics and vehicle electric drive systems means that Chomerics is witnessing increasing numbers of automotive industry customers seeki
Understanding the reinforcing ability of carbon nanotubes in ceramics
Researchers at the National Institute for Materials Science in Japan are exploring what is preventing the reinforcing ability of carbon nanotubes from being used in a ceramic matrix.
Industrial materials on display at Industrial Supply 2015
The on-going development of industrial materials for use in engineering components continues to drive growth in the global subcontracting sector. And that growth is coming not just from relatively new materials such as carbon reinforced or glass fibre reinforced plastics; surprising new applications
Measurement system for carbon fibre aircraft wing box sections
Oil & gas pipe measurement specialist Optical Metrology Services (OMS) has developed a non-contact, laser-based dimensional measurement system for aircraft wing boxes (horizontal stabilisers) and other similar shaped systems.
Versatile active brazing alloy process for joining metals to ceramics
Morgan Advanced Materials has highlighted the benefits of its active brazing alloy (ABA) process to join metals to ceramics in a variety of applications where conventional metallisation and brazing are either costly or impractical.
Expanding carbon nanotube manufacturing capacity
Tortech Nanofibres, a subsidiary of Plasan based in Israel, is installing additional capacity for the manufacture of its non-woven carbon nanotube (CNT) sheet at its manufacturing facility. This will more than triple output, once full commissioning is completed in the next few months and is seen as
Imaging technique can detect acoustically invisible cracks
The next generation of aircraft could be thinner and lighter, thanks to the development of a new imaging technique that could detect damage previously invisible to acoustic imaging systems.
Aluminium Middle East show highlights industry’s main trends
Globalisation, market dynamics, environment and energy prices are redrawing the world aluminium industry map, with the Middle East in general and the Arabian Gulf countries in particular emerging as the potential
Super black - world’s darkest material - launched at Farnborough International
Sensitive electro-optical imaging and target-acquisition systems will achieve new levels of range and sensitivity performance thanks to a UK company’s breakthrough in developing a ′super black’ material to be launched at the Farnborough International Air Show.
Highly non-linear metamaterials for laser technology
Non-linear optical materials are widely used in laser systems. However, high light intensity and long propagation are required to produce strong non-linear optical effects. Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin and the Technische Universitaet Muenchen have created metamaterials with a mil
Automotive conference to address growing sector demand for aluminium
Leading figures from the British automotive industry will discuss the growing demand for aluminium amongst carmakers at a special conference in Birmingham this autumn. The conference is being organised by ALFED, t
Field trials reveal substantial cost savings with aluminium melting crucibles
Field studies carried out by the Molten Metal Systems business of Morgan Advanced Materials reveal that the company’s latest addition to the Syncarb Z2 family of crucibles is achieving substantial cost savings in operational conditions for the
Adhesives spread innovation across Europe’s railways
Laurent Pourcheron, Marketing Manager for Adhesives at Huntsman Advanced Materials, reviews the adhesive technologies which are enabling the production of sustainable developments, helping manufacturers in the sector achieve competitive edge and secure long-term growth.
Folding scooter and a guitar stand scoop aluminium awards
A scooter that folds into a square the size of a piece of A4 paper and a guitar stand which incorporates an amplifier have scooped the top prizes in a national aluminium design competition. The two concepts were c
Russian investment in aluminium-zirconia wire rod production
UC Rusal announces investment of over USD5.5 million in aluminium-zirconia wire rod production. The first samples of high-tech products have already been certified by consumers.
Foamed In-Situ Thermoformable Sandwich (FITS) panels cut weight and cost for aircraft and high-speed train interiors
At JEC Europe 2014 in Paris, SMTC introduced Dynatech, a thermoplastic sandwich panel system, suitable for mass-production, principally targeting aircraft, although also high-speed train interiors. These applications require light weight in combination with damage tolerance and specified fire, smoke
Ultra-short pulsed laser deposition (USPLD) developed to enable microstructural control
Finnish thin film coating specialist Picodeon has developed its ultra-short pulsed laser deposition (USPLD) surface coating technology to be able to create either porous or dense aluminium oxide (Al2O3) coatings o
Process control process regulates metals pretreatment
In the manufacture of metal components, the ability to continuously monitor surface pretreatment processes and to ensure the optimum infeed of the chemicals required is of crucial importance. Henkel’s TCS Engineering department has developed a modular metering and control system under the brand name
Assessing the real opportunity for graphene in a fragmented market
Graphene has enormous commercial potential. Its growth however is being hampered by two factors. First is the fact that there is market confusion and uncertainty across the different types of graphene and different manufacturing processes. The second is that, in many cases, graphene is attempting to
Adaptive phononic crystals produce vibration-damping sheet metal that never rattles
Researchers from Empa and ETH Zurich have succeeded in producing a prototype of a vibration-damping material that is not only able to damp vibrations completely, but it can also specifically conduct certain frequencies further. Although the "programmable material’ still only works in a one-dimension
Surface preparation for bonding metals
Master Bond manufactures a wide range of adhesives for bonding metals to metals, as well as metals to other substrates. Surface preparation plays a key role to ensuring that good bond strength is achieved. The following techniques are typically used as practices for proper surface preparation:
Plans to recycle rare earth metals using high temperature electrolysis
Rare earth metals are important components in green energy products such as wind turbines and eco-cars. But the scarcity of these metals is worrying the EU. Among the technologies being investigated is high temperature electrolysis.
Boeing announces location of 777X Composite Wing Centre
Boeing has announced that its Everett, Washington site will be the location for a new composite wing centre for the 777X programme. It will be located north of the Everett factory. The new jets will be available in two variants, resized versions of the current 777-300ER, with "ultra-long range capab
Selective laser oxidation of aluminium surfaces
From the idea of operating a coating process without the use of chemicals, AHC Oberflächentechnik in Germany has developed a novel method for the oxidation of aluminium surfaces. With this process components
Refrigeration company welcomes F-gas Phase-down in Europe, relaxes hydrocarbon policy
On December 16 2013 the European Parliaments’ Environment Committee, Council and Commission agreed on a phase-down of F-gases. Specific sectors, such as commercial refrigeration and air-conditioning, will be restricted while remaining sectors for safety reasons will keep the opportunity to use F-gas
Safer and more sustainable materials for manufacturing
Manufacturing industries rely on a supply of raw materials; increasingly these are rare, expensive, difficult to source, and subject to regulation. A £10.3 million grant, awarded to researchers today by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) will be used to find safer, m
Aluminium investment held back by energy tariffs, industry leaders warn
Investment in Britain’s aluminium sector is being held back by the high cost of energy in the country. This was one of the messages delivered to Business and Energy Minister Michael Fallon at a meeting with
Diverter dampers converted from mineral wool to high temperature insulation wool
When Esscano Power A/S wanted to improve its diverter damper insulation from mineral wool (rock wool) material, the company examined all the available alternatives, ultimately locating numerous online references to high-temperature insulation wool from Morgan Advanced Materials.
Carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastics combine chemical resistance with strength and stiffness
RTP has developed customised thermoplastic compounds in over 60 different engineering resin systems for applications requiring colour, conductive, elastomeric, flame retardant, high temperature, structural, and wear resistant properties. They are based on carbon fibre reinforced PEEK, PPA, PPS, and
Ultra-light heat exchangers take the heat out of space flight
Breakthrough heat exchange technology is the driving force behind a new generation of engines with the ability to operate in space and the earth’s atmosphere. Chemical engineers can find out more about the SABRE engine from Dr Robert Bond, corporate programmes director at Reaction Engines, at a spec
UK Government urged to champion aluminium sector
Thousands of new jobs would be created if the British Government stepped forward to champion aluminium as the modern automotive metal. That was the message delivered to MPs at a special Parliamentary breakfast bri
Low cost titanium powder opens door for 3D printing automotive parts
For the first time, low-cost titanium powders, developed by Metalysis, have been used to 3D print automotive parts. To date, the 3D printing revolution has focused on the use of plastics - cheap feedstock and high throughput. So far, 3D printing with metal has been prohibitively expensive because ti
Classifier mill ups capacity and scope of Russian powder metallurgy plant
UC RUSAL is to modernise the SUAL-Powder Metallurgy (Shelekhov, Russia) plant. The total project investment is estimated to be EUR 4 mln. The plant is acquiring a German Hosokawa Alpine classifier mill. The installation of the new equipment will result in an increase in production capacity by 30%, a
Supportive products for aluminium sheets, profiles and extrusions
Gooding Aluminium, the supplier of a wide range of high quality aluminium sheets,
Joint venture to produce automotive diecast components
Global aluminium producer UC RUSAL has signed a memorandum of understanding with Israeli company Omen High Pressure Die Casting, which specialises in the production of automotive components from non-ferrous metals
Metal forming joint venture agreement cover Europe and North America
Vari-Form and EMARC SpA of Piemonte, Italy, have announced a joint venture agreement, whereby both companies will offer hydroforming, roll forming and aluminium stretch bending in both their local markets. The tar
Crucible designed for aluminium smelting and holding
The Molten Metal Systems business of Morgan Advanced Materials has further extended its acclaimed Syncarb Z2 crucible family with the introduction of a new crucible designed to provide longer service life and increased energy savings for the
UK’s beverage carton recycling plant opens for business
Capable of recycling up to 40% (25,000 tonnes) of the cartons manufactured each year for the UK food and drink market – that’s 1.25 billion cartons – a new plant dedicated beverage carton recycling facility, located in Stainland (near Halifax), West Yorkshire, opened on 3 September 2013.
Aluminium oxide ceramic the battery collar for next generation sodium metal halide batteries
Morgan Advanced Materials is supplying a range of critical components for GE Energy Storage’s high-performance Durathon Batteries. GE Energy Storage uses the battery modules to build complete energy storage systems for the telecom, energy management, power generation, grid operation, back-up and mot
Adding arsenic brings stainless magnesium closer
In a discovery that could have major implications for the aerospace, automotive and electronics industries, scientists have found a way to dramatically reduce the corrosion rate of lightweight metal magnesium - adding arsenic.
Design tip: building better bosses
A boss is a feature raised above a surface. In plastic parts, bosses are typically used to assist in assembly, as a receptacle for a screw or threaded insert or as the locator for a mating pin on another part.
Green Alliance: UK needs industrial strategy that takes resource risk seriously
According to the conclusions of the first report from the Circular Economy Task Force, UK businesses can’t tackle resource risks effectively until the government’s industrial strategy takes them seriously. What’s at stake is rebuilding a viable manufacturing economy for the future. Other countries a
Pioneering engine block innovation uses plasma coating
High performance casting specialist Grainger & Worrall (GW) is working in conjunction with Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) to develop a new type of cylinder block that uses plasma coatings to reduce the weight and size of engines.
Leading global aluminium organisations sign MoU
The International Aluminium Institute (IAI), the global association of aluminium producers, and the
Rusal comments on European Commission decision to impose anti-dumping duty on aluminium household foil from Russia
RUSAL, a leading global aluminium producer, considers it necessary to make the following statement in relation to the decision of the European Commission dated December 17, 2015 to impose a definitive anti-dumping
The future of metal laser melting
Metal laser melting has mastered the leap from rapid prototyping to recognised production technology. Additive manufactured parts are used in a wide range of industries. Toolcraft has expanded its machinery in order to more effectively meet the demand, with an M2 Cusing multilaser system made by Con
Ceramics keep supersonic record challenger cool
Cooling a 135,000bhp, 1000mph car poses critical challenges for safety and performance that now, just six months ahead of the first run, the Bloodhound team is looking to solve.
Composites for next generation combustion engines?
By the year 2020 the first cylinder housings manufactured from polymer composite materials will be introduced into passenger car and motorcycle engines, replacing the aluminium components currently in use, predict
3D printed, CNC machined, or moulded prototypes - which and when?
This article by Proto Labs looks at the respective roles in prototyping of 3D printing, CNC machining and injection moulding.
Clean Soderberg project reduces aluminium smelting emissions
UC RUSAL has launch the Clean Soderberg project at its Irkutsk aluminium smelter (IrkAZ). The total cost of this modernisation project (from 2010 to 2020) is estimated at $122 million. The technology is designed t
Automotive EMI shielding: silicone gels enable lighter structures
Although EMI and thermal issues have been prevalent in the military and aerospace sectors for many years, the rapid development and evolution of both automotive electronics and vehicle electric drive systems means that Chomerics is witnessing increasing numbers of automotive industry customers seeki
Understanding the reinforcing ability of carbon nanotubes in ceramics
Researchers at the National Institute for Materials Science in Japan are exploring what is preventing the reinforcing ability of carbon nanotubes from being used in a ceramic matrix.
Industrial materials on display at Industrial Supply 2015
The on-going development of industrial materials for use in engineering components continues to drive growth in the global subcontracting sector. And that growth is coming not just from relatively new materials such as carbon reinforced or glass fibre reinforced plastics; surprising new applications
Measurement system for carbon fibre aircraft wing box sections
Oil & gas pipe measurement specialist Optical Metrology Services (OMS) has developed a non-contact, laser-based dimensional measurement system for aircraft wing boxes (horizontal stabilisers) and other similar shaped systems.
Versatile active brazing alloy process for joining metals to ceramics
Morgan Advanced Materials has highlighted the benefits of its active brazing alloy (ABA) process to join metals to ceramics in a variety of applications where conventional metallisation and brazing are either costly or impractical.
Expanding carbon nanotube manufacturing capacity
Tortech Nanofibres, a subsidiary of Plasan based in Israel, is installing additional capacity for the manufacture of its non-woven carbon nanotube (CNT) sheet at its manufacturing facility. This will more than triple output, once full commissioning is completed in the next few months and is seen as
Imaging technique can detect acoustically invisible cracks
The next generation of aircraft could be thinner and lighter, thanks to the development of a new imaging technique that could detect damage previously invisible to acoustic imaging systems.
Aluminium Middle East show highlights industry’s main trends
Globalisation, market dynamics, environment and energy prices are redrawing the world aluminium industry map, with the Middle East in general and the Arabian Gulf countries in particular emerging as the potential
Super black - world’s darkest material - launched at Farnborough International
Sensitive electro-optical imaging and target-acquisition systems will achieve new levels of range and sensitivity performance thanks to a UK company’s breakthrough in developing a ′super black’ material to be launched at the Farnborough International Air Show.
Highly non-linear metamaterials for laser technology
Non-linear optical materials are widely used in laser systems. However, high light intensity and long propagation are required to produce strong non-linear optical effects. Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin and the Technische Universitaet Muenchen have created metamaterials with a mil
Automotive conference to address growing sector demand for aluminium
Leading figures from the British automotive industry will discuss the growing demand for aluminium amongst carmakers at a special conference in Birmingham this autumn. The conference is being organised by ALFED, t
Field trials reveal substantial cost savings with aluminium melting crucibles
Field studies carried out by the Molten Metal Systems business of Morgan Advanced Materials reveal that the company’s latest addition to the Syncarb Z2 family of crucibles is achieving substantial cost savings in operational conditions for the
Adhesives spread innovation across Europe’s railways
Laurent Pourcheron, Marketing Manager for Adhesives at Huntsman Advanced Materials, reviews the adhesive technologies which are enabling the production of sustainable developments, helping manufacturers in the sector achieve competitive edge and secure long-term growth.
Folding scooter and a guitar stand scoop aluminium awards
A scooter that folds into a square the size of a piece of A4 paper and a guitar stand which incorporates an amplifier have scooped the top prizes in a national aluminium design competition. The two concepts were c
Russian investment in aluminium-zirconia wire rod production
UC Rusal announces investment of over USD5.5 million in aluminium-zirconia wire rod production. The first samples of high-tech products have already been certified by consumers.
Foamed In-Situ Thermoformable Sandwich (FITS) panels cut weight and cost for aircraft and high-speed train interiors
At JEC Europe 2014 in Paris, SMTC introduced Dynatech, a thermoplastic sandwich panel system, suitable for mass-production, principally targeting aircraft, although also high-speed train interiors. These applications require light weight in combination with damage tolerance and specified fire, smoke
Ultra-short pulsed laser deposition (USPLD) developed to enable microstructural control
Finnish thin film coating specialist Picodeon has developed its ultra-short pulsed laser deposition (USPLD) surface coating technology to be able to create either porous or dense aluminium oxide (Al2O3) coatings o
Process control process regulates metals pretreatment
In the manufacture of metal components, the ability to continuously monitor surface pretreatment processes and to ensure the optimum infeed of the chemicals required is of crucial importance. Henkel’s TCS Engineering department has developed a modular metering and control system under the brand name
Assessing the real opportunity for graphene in a fragmented market
Graphene has enormous commercial potential. Its growth however is being hampered by two factors. First is the fact that there is market confusion and uncertainty across the different types of graphene and different manufacturing processes. The second is that, in many cases, graphene is attempting to
Adaptive phononic crystals produce vibration-damping sheet metal that never rattles
Researchers from Empa and ETH Zurich have succeeded in producing a prototype of a vibration-damping material that is not only able to damp vibrations completely, but it can also specifically conduct certain frequencies further. Although the "programmable material’ still only works in a one-dimension
Surface preparation for bonding metals
Master Bond manufactures a wide range of adhesives for bonding metals to metals, as well as metals to other substrates. Surface preparation plays a key role to ensuring that good bond strength is achieved. The following techniques are typically used as practices for proper surface preparation:
Plans to recycle rare earth metals using high temperature electrolysis
Rare earth metals are important components in green energy products such as wind turbines and eco-cars. But the scarcity of these metals is worrying the EU. Among the technologies being investigated is high temperature electrolysis.
Boeing announces location of 777X Composite Wing Centre
Boeing has announced that its Everett, Washington site will be the location for a new composite wing centre for the 777X programme. It will be located north of the Everett factory. The new jets will be available in two variants, resized versions of the current 777-300ER, with "ultra-long range capab
Selective laser oxidation of aluminium surfaces
From the idea of operating a coating process without the use of chemicals, AHC Oberflächentechnik in Germany has developed a novel method for the oxidation of aluminium surfaces. With this process components
Refrigeration company welcomes F-gas Phase-down in Europe, relaxes hydrocarbon policy
On December 16 2013 the European Parliaments’ Environment Committee, Council and Commission agreed on a phase-down of F-gases. Specific sectors, such as commercial refrigeration and air-conditioning, will be restricted while remaining sectors for safety reasons will keep the opportunity to use F-gas
Safer and more sustainable materials for manufacturing
Manufacturing industries rely on a supply of raw materials; increasingly these are rare, expensive, difficult to source, and subject to regulation. A £10.3 million grant, awarded to researchers today by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) will be used to find safer, m
Aluminium investment held back by energy tariffs, industry leaders warn
Investment in Britain’s aluminium sector is being held back by the high cost of energy in the country. This was one of the messages delivered to Business and Energy Minister Michael Fallon at a meeting with
Diverter dampers converted from mineral wool to high temperature insulation wool
When Esscano Power A/S wanted to improve its diverter damper insulation from mineral wool (rock wool) material, the company examined all the available alternatives, ultimately locating numerous online references to high-temperature insulation wool from Morgan Advanced Materials.
Carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastics combine chemical resistance with strength and stiffness
RTP has developed customised thermoplastic compounds in over 60 different engineering resin systems for applications requiring colour, conductive, elastomeric, flame retardant, high temperature, structural, and wear resistant properties. They are based on carbon fibre reinforced PEEK, PPA, PPS, and
Ultra-light heat exchangers take the heat out of space flight
Breakthrough heat exchange technology is the driving force behind a new generation of engines with the ability to operate in space and the earth’s atmosphere. Chemical engineers can find out more about the SABRE engine from Dr Robert Bond, corporate programmes director at Reaction Engines, at a spec
UK Government urged to champion aluminium sector
Thousands of new jobs would be created if the British Government stepped forward to champion aluminium as the modern automotive metal. That was the message delivered to MPs at a special Parliamentary breakfast bri
Low cost titanium powder opens door for 3D printing automotive parts
For the first time, low-cost titanium powders, developed by Metalysis, have been used to 3D print automotive parts. To date, the 3D printing revolution has focused on the use of plastics - cheap feedstock and high throughput. So far, 3D printing with metal has been prohibitively expensive because ti
Classifier mill ups capacity and scope of Russian powder metallurgy plant
UC RUSAL is to modernise the SUAL-Powder Metallurgy (Shelekhov, Russia) plant. The total project investment is estimated to be EUR 4 mln. The plant is acquiring a German Hosokawa Alpine classifier mill. The installation of the new equipment will result in an increase in production capacity by 30%, a
Supportive products for aluminium sheets, profiles and extrusions
Gooding Aluminium, the supplier of a wide range of high quality aluminium sheets,
Joint venture to produce automotive diecast components
Global aluminium producer UC RUSAL has signed a memorandum of understanding with Israeli company Omen High Pressure Die Casting, which specialises in the production of automotive components from non-ferrous metals
Metal forming joint venture agreement cover Europe and North America
Vari-Form and EMARC SpA of Piemonte, Italy, have announced a joint venture agreement, whereby both companies will offer hydroforming, roll forming and aluminium stretch bending in both their local markets. The tar
Crucible designed for aluminium smelting and holding
The Molten Metal Systems business of Morgan Advanced Materials has further extended its acclaimed Syncarb Z2 crucible family with the introduction of a new crucible designed to provide longer service life and increased energy savings for the
UK’s beverage carton recycling plant opens for business
Capable of recycling up to 40% (25,000 tonnes) of the cartons manufactured each year for the UK food and drink market – that’s 1.25 billion cartons – a new plant dedicated beverage carton recycling facility, located in Stainland (near Halifax), West Yorkshire, opened on 3 September 2013.
Aluminium oxide ceramic the battery collar for next generation sodium metal halide batteries
Morgan Advanced Materials is supplying a range of critical components for GE Energy Storage’s high-performance Durathon Batteries. GE Energy Storage uses the battery modules to build complete energy storage systems for the telecom, energy management, power generation, grid operation, back-up and mot
Adding arsenic brings stainless magnesium closer
In a discovery that could have major implications for the aerospace, automotive and electronics industries, scientists have found a way to dramatically reduce the corrosion rate of lightweight metal magnesium - adding arsenic.
Design tip: building better bosses
A boss is a feature raised above a surface. In plastic parts, bosses are typically used to assist in assembly, as a receptacle for a screw or threaded insert or as the locator for a mating pin on another part.
Green Alliance: UK needs industrial strategy that takes resource risk seriously
According to the conclusions of the first report from the Circular Economy Task Force, UK businesses can’t tackle resource risks effectively until the government’s industrial strategy takes them seriously. What’s at stake is rebuilding a viable manufacturing economy for the future. Other countries a
Pioneering engine block innovation uses plasma coating
High performance casting specialist Grainger & Worrall (GW) is working in conjunction with Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) to develop a new type of cylinder block that uses plasma coatings to reduce the weight and size of engines.
Leading global aluminium organisations sign MoU
The International Aluminium Institute (IAI), the global association of aluminium producers, and the
Rusal comments on European Commission decision to impose anti-dumping duty on aluminium household foil from Russia
RUSAL, a leading global aluminium producer, considers it necessary to make the following statement in relation to the decision of the European Commission dated December 17, 2015 to impose a definitive anti-dumping
The future of metal laser melting
Metal laser melting has mastered the leap from rapid prototyping to recognised production technology. Additive manufactured parts are used in a wide range of industries. Toolcraft has expanded its machinery in order to more effectively meet the demand, with an M2 Cusing multilaser system made by Con
Ceramics keep supersonic record challenger cool
Cooling a 135,000bhp, 1000mph car poses critical challenges for safety and performance that now, just six months ahead of the first run, the Bloodhound team is looking to solve.
Composites for next generation combustion engines?
By the year 2020 the first cylinder housings manufactured from polymer composite materials will be introduced into passenger car and motorcycle engines, replacing the aluminium components currently in use, predict
3D printed, CNC machined, or moulded prototypes - which and when?
This article by Proto Labs looks at the respective roles in prototyping of 3D printing, CNC machining and injection moulding.
Clean Soderberg project reduces aluminium smelting emissions
UC RUSAL has launch the Clean Soderberg project at its Irkutsk aluminium smelter (IrkAZ). The total cost of this modernisation project (from 2010 to 2020) is estimated at $122 million. The technology is designed t
Automotive EMI shielding: silicone gels enable lighter structures
Although EMI and thermal issues have been prevalent in the military and aerospace sectors for many years, the rapid development and evolution of both automotive electronics and vehicle electric drive systems means that Chomerics is witnessing increasing numbers of automotive industry customers seeki
Understanding the reinforcing ability of carbon nanotubes in ceramics
Researchers at the National Institute for Materials Science in Japan are exploring what is preventing the reinforcing ability of carbon nanotubes from being used in a ceramic matrix.
Industrial materials on display at Industrial Supply 2015
The on-going development of industrial materials for use in engineering components continues to drive growth in the global subcontracting sector. And that growth is coming not just from relatively new materials such as carbon reinforced or glass fibre reinforced plastics; surprising new applications
Measurement system for carbon fibre aircraft wing box sections
Oil & gas pipe measurement specialist Optical Metrology Services (OMS) has developed a non-contact, laser-based dimensional measurement system for aircraft wing boxes (horizontal stabilisers) and other similar shaped systems.
Versatile active brazing alloy process for joining metals to ceramics
Morgan Advanced Materials has highlighted the benefits of its active brazing alloy (ABA) process to join metals to ceramics in a variety of applications where conventional metallisation and brazing are either costly or impractical.
Expanding carbon nanotube manufacturing capacity
Tortech Nanofibres, a subsidiary of Plasan based in Israel, is installing additional capacity for the manufacture of its non-woven carbon nanotube (CNT) sheet at its manufacturing facility. This will more than triple output, once full commissioning is completed in the next few months and is seen as
Imaging technique can detect acoustically invisible cracks
The next generation of aircraft could be thinner and lighter, thanks to the development of a new imaging technique that could detect damage previously invisible to acoustic imaging systems.
Aluminium Middle East show highlights industry’s main trends
Globalisation, market dynamics, environment and energy prices are redrawing the world aluminium industry map, with the Middle East in general and the Arabian Gulf countries in particular emerging as the potential
Super black - world’s darkest material - launched at Farnborough International
Sensitive electro-optical imaging and target-acquisition systems will achieve new levels of range and sensitivity performance thanks to a UK company’s breakthrough in developing a ′super black’ material to be launched at the Farnborough International Air Show.
Highly non-linear metamaterials for laser technology
Non-linear optical materials are widely used in laser systems. However, high light intensity and long propagation are required to produce strong non-linear optical effects. Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin and the Technische Universitaet Muenchen have created metamaterials with a mil
Automotive conference to address growing sector demand for aluminium
Leading figures from the British automotive industry will discuss the growing demand for aluminium amongst carmakers at a special conference in Birmingham this autumn. The conference is being organised by ALFED, t
Field trials reveal substantial cost savings with aluminium melting crucibles
Field studies carried out by the Molten Metal Systems business of Morgan Advanced Materials reveal that the company’s latest addition to the Syncarb Z2 family of crucibles is achieving substantial cost savings in operational conditions for the
Adhesives spread innovation across Europe’s railways
Laurent Pourcheron, Marketing Manager for Adhesives at Huntsman Advanced Materials, reviews the adhesive technologies which are enabling the production of sustainable developments, helping manufacturers in the sector achieve competitive edge and secure long-term growth.
Folding scooter and a guitar stand scoop aluminium awards
A scooter that folds into a square the size of a piece of A4 paper and a guitar stand which incorporates an amplifier have scooped the top prizes in a national aluminium design competition. The two concepts were c
Russian investment in aluminium-zirconia wire rod production
UC Rusal announces investment of over USD5.5 million in aluminium-zirconia wire rod production. The first samples of high-tech products have already been certified by consumers.
Foamed In-Situ Thermoformable Sandwich (FITS) panels cut weight and cost for aircraft and high-speed train interiors
At JEC Europe 2014 in Paris, SMTC introduced Dynatech, a thermoplastic sandwich panel system, suitable for mass-production, principally targeting aircraft, although also high-speed train interiors. These applications require light weight in combination with damage tolerance and specified fire, smoke
Ultra-short pulsed laser deposition (USPLD) developed to enable microstructural control
Finnish thin film coating specialist Picodeon has developed its ultra-short pulsed laser deposition (USPLD) surface coating technology to be able to create either porous or dense aluminium oxide (Al2O3) coatings o
Process control process regulates metals pretreatment
In the manufacture of metal components, the ability to continuously monitor surface pretreatment processes and to ensure the optimum infeed of the chemicals required is of crucial importance. Henkel’s TCS Engineering department has developed a modular metering and control system under the brand name
Assessing the real opportunity for graphene in a fragmented market
Graphene has enormous commercial potential. Its growth however is being hampered by two factors. First is the fact that there is market confusion and uncertainty across the different types of graphene and different manufacturing processes. The second is that, in many cases, graphene is attempting to
Adaptive phononic crystals produce vibration-damping sheet metal that never rattles
Researchers from Empa and ETH Zurich have succeeded in producing a prototype of a vibration-damping material that is not only able to damp vibrations completely, but it can also specifically conduct certain frequencies further. Although the "programmable material’ still only works in a one-dimension
Surface preparation for bonding metals
Master Bond manufactures a wide range of adhesives for bonding metals to metals, as well as metals to other substrates. Surface preparation plays a key role to ensuring that good bond strength is achieved. The following techniques are typically used as practices for proper surface preparation:
Plans to recycle rare earth metals using high temperature electrolysis
Rare earth metals are important components in green energy products such as wind turbines and eco-cars. But the scarcity of these metals is worrying the EU. Among the technologies being investigated is high temperature electrolysis.
Boeing announces location of 777X Composite Wing Centre
Boeing has announced that its Everett, Washington site will be the location for a new composite wing centre for the 777X programme. It will be located north of the Everett factory. The new jets will be available in two variants, resized versions of the current 777-300ER, with "ultra-long range capab
Selective laser oxidation of aluminium surfaces
From the idea of operating a coating process without the use of chemicals, AHC Oberflächentechnik in Germany has developed a novel method for the oxidation of aluminium surfaces. With this process components
Advanced ceramics - selection factors for critical components
Dieter Steudtner, Sales Manager at Morgan Advanced Materials, gives designers and manufacturers an insight into advanced ceramic materials and their properties.
Refrigeration company welcomes F-gas Phase-down in Europe, relaxes hydrocarbon policy
On December 16 2013 the European Parliaments’ Environment Committee, Council and Commission agreed on a phase-down of F-gases. Specific sectors, such as commercial refrigeration and air-conditioning, will be restricted while remaining sectors for safety reasons will keep the opportunity to use F-gas
Safer and more sustainable materials for manufacturing
Manufacturing industries rely on a supply of raw materials; increasingly these are rare, expensive, difficult to source, and subject to regulation. A £10.3 million grant, awarded to researchers today by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) will be used to find safer, m
Aluminium investment held back by energy tariffs, industry leaders warn
Investment in Britain’s aluminium sector is being held back by the high cost of energy in the country. This was one of the messages delivered to Business and Energy Minister Michael Fallon at a meeting with
Diverter dampers converted from mineral wool to high temperature insulation wool
When Esscano Power A/S wanted to improve its diverter damper insulation from mineral wool (rock wool) material, the company examined all the available alternatives, ultimately locating numerous online references to high-temperature insulation wool from Morgan Advanced Materials.
Carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastics combine chemical resistance with strength and stiffness
RTP has developed customised thermoplastic compounds in over 60 different engineering resin systems for applications requiring colour, conductive, elastomeric, flame retardant, high temperature, structural, and wear resistant properties. They are based on carbon fibre reinforced PEEK, PPA, PPS, and
Ultra-light heat exchangers take the heat out of space flight
Breakthrough heat exchange technology is the driving force behind a new generation of engines with the ability to operate in space and the earth’s atmosphere. Chemical engineers can find out more about the SABRE engine from Dr Robert Bond, corporate programmes director at Reaction Engines, at a spec
UK Government urged to champion aluminium sector
Thousands of new jobs would be created if the British Government stepped forward to champion aluminium as the modern automotive metal. That was the message delivered to MPs at a special Parliamentary breakfast bri
Low cost titanium powder opens door for 3D printing automotive parts
For the first time, low-cost titanium powders, developed by Metalysis, have been used to 3D print automotive parts. To date, the 3D printing revolution has focused on the use of plastics - cheap feedstock and high throughput. So far, 3D printing with metal has been prohibitively expensive because ti
Classifier mill ups capacity and scope of Russian powder metallurgy plant
UC RUSAL is to modernise the SUAL-Powder Metallurgy (Shelekhov, Russia) plant. The total project investment is estimated to be EUR 4 mln. The plant is acquiring a German Hosokawa Alpine classifier mill. The installation of the new equipment will result in an increase in production capacity by 30%, a
Supportive products for aluminium sheets, profiles and extrusions
Gooding Aluminium, the supplier of a wide range of high quality aluminium sheets,
Joint venture to produce automotive diecast components
Global aluminium producer UC RUSAL has signed a memorandum of understanding with Israeli company Omen High Pressure Die Casting, which specialises in the production of automotive components from non-ferrous metals
Metal forming joint venture agreement cover Europe and North America
Vari-Form and EMARC SpA of Piemonte, Italy, have announced a joint venture agreement, whereby both companies will offer hydroforming, roll forming and aluminium stretch bending in both their local markets. The tar
Crucible designed for aluminium smelting and holding
The Molten Metal Systems business of Morgan Advanced Materials has further extended its acclaimed Syncarb Z2 crucible family with the introduction of a new crucible designed to provide longer service life and increased energy savings for the
UK’s beverage carton recycling plant opens for business
Capable of recycling up to 40% (25,000 tonnes) of the cartons manufactured each year for the UK food and drink market – that’s 1.25 billion cartons – a new plant dedicated beverage carton recycling facility, located in Stainland (near Halifax), West Yorkshire, opened on 3 September 2013.
Warp-knitted anti-ballistic aramid fabric for spall-liners
Teijin Aramid is launching a new anti-ballistic spall-liner solution at the DSEI show (London ExCel, September 10-13). The new fabric, Twaron T765, offers cost-effective ballistic protection in ground vehicles. It is ideal for protecting military vehicles in high-threat situations, but it can also p
Aluminium oxide ceramic the battery collar for next generation sodium metal halide batteries
Morgan Advanced Materials is supplying a range of critical components for GE Energy Storage’s high-performance Durathon Batteries. GE Energy Storage uses the battery modules to build complete energy storage systems for the telecom, energy management, power generation, grid operation, back-up and mot
Adding arsenic brings stainless magnesium closer
In a discovery that could have major implications for the aerospace, automotive and electronics industries, scientists have found a way to dramatically reduce the corrosion rate of lightweight metal magnesium - adding arsenic.
Pioneering engine block innovation uses plasma coating
High performance casting specialist Grainger & Worrall (GW) is working in conjunction with Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) to develop a new type of cylinder block that uses plasma coatings to reduce the weight and size of engines.
Leading global aluminium organisations sign MoU
The International Aluminium Institute (IAI), the global association of aluminium producers, and the
Rusal comments on European Commission decision to impose anti-dumping duty on aluminium household foil from Russia
RUSAL, a leading global aluminium producer, considers it necessary to make the following statement in relation to the decision of the European Commission dated December 17, 2015 to impose a definitive anti-dumping
The future of metal laser melting
Metal laser melting has mastered the leap from rapid prototyping to recognised production technology. Additive manufactured parts are used in a wide range of industries. Toolcraft has expanded its machinery in order to more effectively meet the demand, with an M2 Cusing multilaser system made by Con
Ceramics keep supersonic record challenger cool
Cooling a 135,000bhp, 1000mph car poses critical challenges for safety and performance that now, just six months ahead of the first run, the Bloodhound team is looking to solve.
Composites for next generation combustion engines?
By the year 2020 the first cylinder housings manufactured from polymer composite materials will be introduced into passenger car and motorcycle engines, replacing the aluminium components currently in use, predict
3D printed, CNC machined, or moulded prototypes - which and when?
This article by Proto Labs looks at the respective roles in prototyping of 3D printing, CNC machining and injection moulding.
Clean Soderberg project reduces aluminium smelting emissions
UC RUSAL has launch the Clean Soderberg project at its Irkutsk aluminium smelter (IrkAZ). The total cost of this modernisation project (from 2010 to 2020) is estimated at $122 million. The technology is designed t
Automotive EMI shielding: silicone gels enable lighter structures
Although EMI and thermal issues have been prevalent in the military and aerospace sectors for many years, the rapid development and evolution of both automotive electronics and vehicle electric drive systems means that Chomerics is witnessing increasing numbers of automotive industry customers seeki
Understanding the reinforcing ability of carbon nanotubes in ceramics
Researchers at the National Institute for Materials Science in Japan are exploring what is preventing the reinforcing ability of carbon nanotubes from being used in a ceramic matrix.
Industrial materials on display at Industrial Supply 2015
The on-going development of industrial materials for use in engineering components continues to drive growth in the global subcontracting sector. And that growth is coming not just from relatively new materials such as carbon reinforced or glass fibre reinforced plastics; surprising new applications
Measurement system for carbon fibre aircraft wing box sections
Oil & gas pipe measurement specialist Optical Metrology Services (OMS) has developed a non-contact, laser-based dimensional measurement system for aircraft wing boxes (horizontal stabilisers) and other similar shaped systems.
Versatile active brazing alloy process for joining metals to ceramics
Morgan Advanced Materials has highlighted the benefits of its active brazing alloy (ABA) process to join metals to ceramics in a variety of applications where conventional metallisation and brazing are either costly or impractical.
Expanding carbon nanotube manufacturing capacity
Tortech Nanofibres, a subsidiary of Plasan based in Israel, is installing additional capacity for the manufacture of its non-woven carbon nanotube (CNT) sheet at its manufacturing facility. This will more than triple output, once full commissioning is completed in the next few months and is seen as
Imaging technique can detect acoustically invisible cracks
The next generation of aircraft could be thinner and lighter, thanks to the development of a new imaging technique that could detect damage previously invisible to acoustic imaging systems.
Aluminium Middle East show highlights industry’s main trends
Globalisation, market dynamics, environment and energy prices are redrawing the world aluminium industry map, with the Middle East in general and the Arabian Gulf countries in particular emerging as the potential
Super black - world’s darkest material - launched at Farnborough International
Sensitive electro-optical imaging and target-acquisition systems will achieve new levels of range and sensitivity performance thanks to a UK company’s breakthrough in developing a ′super black’ material to be launched at the Farnborough International Air Show.
Highly non-linear metamaterials for laser technology
Non-linear optical materials are widely used in laser systems. However, high light intensity and long propagation are required to produce strong non-linear optical effects. Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin and the Technische Universitaet Muenchen have created metamaterials with a mil
Automotive conference to address growing sector demand for aluminium
Leading figures from the British automotive industry will discuss the growing demand for aluminium amongst carmakers at a special conference in Birmingham this autumn. The conference is being organised by ALFED, t
Field trials reveal substantial cost savings with aluminium melting crucibles
Field studies carried out by the Molten Metal Systems business of Morgan Advanced Materials reveal that the company’s latest addition to the Syncarb Z2 family of crucibles is achieving substantial cost savings in operational conditions for the
Adhesives spread innovation across Europe’s railways
Laurent Pourcheron, Marketing Manager for Adhesives at Huntsman Advanced Materials, reviews the adhesive technologies which are enabling the production of sustainable developments, helping manufacturers in the sector achieve competitive edge and secure long-term growth.
Folding scooter and a guitar stand scoop aluminium awards
A scooter that folds into a square the size of a piece of A4 paper and a guitar stand which incorporates an amplifier have scooped the top prizes in a national aluminium design competition. The two concepts were c
Russian investment in aluminium-zirconia wire rod production
UC Rusal announces investment of over USD5.5 million in aluminium-zirconia wire rod production. The first samples of high-tech products have already been certified by consumers.
Foamed In-Situ Thermoformable Sandwich (FITS) panels cut weight and cost for aircraft and high-speed train interiors
At JEC Europe 2014 in Paris, SMTC introduced Dynatech, a thermoplastic sandwich panel system, suitable for mass-production, principally targeting aircraft, although also high-speed train interiors. These applications require light weight in combination with damage tolerance and specified fire, smoke
Ultra-short pulsed laser deposition (USPLD) developed to enable microstructural control
Finnish thin film coating specialist Picodeon has developed its ultra-short pulsed laser deposition (USPLD) surface coating technology to be able to create either porous or dense aluminium oxide (Al2O3) coatings o
Process control process regulates metals pretreatment
In the manufacture of metal components, the ability to continuously monitor surface pretreatment processes and to ensure the optimum infeed of the chemicals required is of crucial importance. Henkel’s TCS Engineering department has developed a modular metering and control system under the brand name
Assessing the real opportunity for graphene in a fragmented market
Graphene has enormous commercial potential. Its growth however is being hampered by two factors. First is the fact that there is market confusion and uncertainty across the different types of graphene and different manufacturing processes. The second is that, in many cases, graphene is attempting to
Adaptive phononic crystals produce vibration-damping sheet metal that never rattles
Researchers from Empa and ETH Zurich have succeeded in producing a prototype of a vibration-damping material that is not only able to damp vibrations completely, but it can also specifically conduct certain frequencies further. Although the "programmable material’ still only works in a one-dimension
Surface preparation for bonding metals
Master Bond manufactures a wide range of adhesives for bonding metals to metals, as well as metals to other substrates. Surface preparation plays a key role to ensuring that good bond strength is achieved. The following techniques are typically used as practices for proper surface preparation:
Plans to recycle rare earth metals using high temperature electrolysis
Rare earth metals are important components in green energy products such as wind turbines and eco-cars. But the scarcity of these metals is worrying the EU. Among the technologies being investigated is high temperature electrolysis.
Boeing announces location of 777X Composite Wing Centre
Boeing has announced that its Everett, Washington site will be the location for a new composite wing centre for the 777X programme. It will be located north of the Everett factory. The new jets will be available in two variants, resized versions of the current 777-300ER, with "ultra-long range capab
Selective laser oxidation of aluminium surfaces
From the idea of operating a coating process without the use of chemicals, AHC Oberflächentechnik in Germany has developed a novel method for the oxidation of aluminium surfaces. With this process components
Advanced ceramics - selection factors for critical components
Dieter Steudtner, Sales Manager at Morgan Advanced Materials, gives designers and manufacturers an insight into advanced ceramic materials and their properties.
Refrigeration company welcomes F-gas Phase-down in Europe, relaxes hydrocarbon policy
On December 16 2013 the European Parliaments’ Environment Committee, Council and Commission agreed on a phase-down of F-gases. Specific sectors, such as commercial refrigeration and air-conditioning, will be restricted while remaining sectors for safety reasons will keep the opportunity to use F-gas
Safer and more sustainable materials for manufacturing
Manufacturing industries rely on a supply of raw materials; increasingly these are rare, expensive, difficult to source, and subject to regulation. A £10.3 million grant, awarded to researchers today by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) will be used to find safer, m
Aluminium investment held back by energy tariffs, industry leaders warn
Investment in Britain’s aluminium sector is being held back by the high cost of energy in the country. This was one of the messages delivered to Business and Energy Minister Michael Fallon at a meeting with
Diverter dampers converted from mineral wool to high temperature insulation wool
When Esscano Power A/S wanted to improve its diverter damper insulation from mineral wool (rock wool) material, the company examined all the available alternatives, ultimately locating numerous online references to high-temperature insulation wool from Morgan Advanced Materials.
Carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastics combine chemical resistance with strength and stiffness
RTP has developed customised thermoplastic compounds in over 60 different engineering resin systems for applications requiring colour, conductive, elastomeric, flame retardant, high temperature, structural, and wear resistant properties. They are based on carbon fibre reinforced PEEK, PPA, PPS, and
Ultra-light heat exchangers take the heat out of space flight
Breakthrough heat exchange technology is the driving force behind a new generation of engines with the ability to operate in space and the earth’s atmosphere. Chemical engineers can find out more about the SABRE engine from Dr Robert Bond, corporate programmes director at Reaction Engines, at a spec
UK Government urged to champion aluminium sector
Thousands of new jobs would be created if the British Government stepped forward to champion aluminium as the modern automotive metal. That was the message delivered to MPs at a special Parliamentary breakfast bri
Low cost titanium powder opens door for 3D printing automotive parts
For the first time, low-cost titanium powders, developed by Metalysis, have been used to 3D print automotive parts. To date, the 3D printing revolution has focused on the use of plastics - cheap feedstock and high throughput. So far, 3D printing with metal has been prohibitively expensive because ti
Classifier mill ups capacity and scope of Russian powder metallurgy plant
UC RUSAL is to modernise the SUAL-Powder Metallurgy (Shelekhov, Russia) plant. The total project investment is estimated to be EUR 4 mln. The plant is acquiring a German Hosokawa Alpine classifier mill. The installation of the new equipment will result in an increase in production capacity by 30%, a
Supportive products for aluminium sheets, profiles and extrusions
Gooding Aluminium, the supplier of a wide range of high quality aluminium sheets,
Joint venture to produce automotive diecast components
Global aluminium producer UC RUSAL has signed a memorandum of understanding with Israeli company Omen High Pressure Die Casting, which specialises in the production of automotive components from non-ferrous metals
Metal forming joint venture agreement cover Europe and North America
Vari-Form and EMARC SpA of Piemonte, Italy, have announced a joint venture agreement, whereby both companies will offer hydroforming, roll forming and aluminium stretch bending in both their local markets. The tar
Crucible designed for aluminium smelting and holding
The Molten Metal Systems business of Morgan Advanced Materials has further extended its acclaimed Syncarb Z2 crucible family with the introduction of a new crucible designed to provide longer service life and increased energy savings for the
UK’s beverage carton recycling plant opens for business
Capable of recycling up to 40% (25,000 tonnes) of the cartons manufactured each year for the UK food and drink market – that’s 1.25 billion cartons – a new plant dedicated beverage carton recycling facility, located in Stainland (near Halifax), West Yorkshire, opened on 3 September 2013.
Warp-knitted anti-ballistic aramid fabric for spall-liners
Teijin Aramid is launching a new anti-ballistic spall-liner solution at the DSEI show (London ExCel, September 10-13). The new fabric, Twaron T765, offers cost-effective ballistic protection in ground vehicles. It is ideal for protecting military vehicles in high-threat situations, but it can also p
Aluminium oxide ceramic the battery collar for next generation sodium metal halide batteries
Morgan Advanced Materials is supplying a range of critical components for GE Energy Storage’s high-performance Durathon Batteries. GE Energy Storage uses the battery modules to build complete energy storage systems for the telecom, energy management, power generation, grid operation, back-up and mot
Adding arsenic brings stainless magnesium closer
In a discovery that could have major implications for the aerospace, automotive and electronics industries, scientists have found a way to dramatically reduce the corrosion rate of lightweight metal magnesium - adding arsenic.
Pioneering engine block innovation uses plasma coating
High performance casting specialist Grainger & Worrall (GW) is working in conjunction with Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) to develop a new type of cylinder block that uses plasma coatings to reduce the weight and size of engines.
Leading global aluminium organisations sign MoU
The International Aluminium Institute (IAI), the global association of aluminium producers, and the
Rusal comments on European Commission decision to impose anti-dumping duty on aluminium household foil from Russia
RUSAL, a leading global aluminium producer, considers it necessary to make the following statement in relation to the decision of the European Commission dated December 17, 2015 to impose a definitive anti-dumping
The future of metal laser melting
Metal laser melting has mastered the leap from rapid prototyping to recognised production technology. Additive manufactured parts are used in a wide range of industries. Toolcraft has expanded its machinery in order to more effectively meet the demand, with an M2 Cusing multilaser system made by Con
Ceramics keep supersonic record challenger cool
Cooling a 135,000bhp, 1000mph car poses critical challenges for safety and performance that now, just six months ahead of the first run, the Bloodhound team is looking to solve.
Composites for next generation combustion engines?
By the year 2020 the first cylinder housings manufactured from polymer composite materials will be introduced into passenger car and motorcycle engines, replacing the aluminium components currently in use, predict
3D printed, CNC machined, or moulded prototypes - which and when?
This article by Proto Labs looks at the respective roles in prototyping of 3D printing, CNC machining and injection moulding.
Clean Soderberg project reduces aluminium smelting emissions
UC RUSAL has launch the Clean Soderberg project at its Irkutsk aluminium smelter (IrkAZ). The total cost of this modernisation project (from 2010 to 2020) is estimated at $122 million. The technology is designed t
Automotive EMI shielding: silicone gels enable lighter structures
Although EMI and thermal issues have been prevalent in the military and aerospace sectors for many years, the rapid development and evolution of both automotive electronics and vehicle electric drive systems means that Chomerics is witnessing increasing numbers of automotive industry customers seeki
Understanding the reinforcing ability of carbon nanotubes in ceramics
Researchers at the National Institute for Materials Science in Japan are exploring what is preventing the reinforcing ability of carbon nanotubes from being used in a ceramic matrix.
Industrial materials on display at Industrial Supply 2015
The on-going development of industrial materials for use in engineering components continues to drive growth in the global subcontracting sector. And that growth is coming not just from relatively new materials such as carbon reinforced or glass fibre reinforced plastics; surprising new applications
Measurement system for carbon fibre aircraft wing box sections
Oil & gas pipe measurement specialist Optical Metrology Services (OMS) has developed a non-contact, laser-based dimensional measurement system for aircraft wing boxes (horizontal stabilisers) and other similar shaped systems.
Versatile active brazing alloy process for joining metals to ceramics
Morgan Advanced Materials has highlighted the benefits of its active brazing alloy (ABA) process to join metals to ceramics in a variety of applications where conventional metallisation and brazing are either costly or impractical.
Expanding carbon nanotube manufacturing capacity
Tortech Nanofibres, a subsidiary of Plasan based in Israel, is installing additional capacity for the manufacture of its non-woven carbon nanotube (CNT) sheet at its manufacturing facility. This will more than triple output, once full commissioning is completed in the next few months and is seen as
Imaging technique can detect acoustically invisible cracks
The next generation of aircraft could be thinner and lighter, thanks to the development of a new imaging technique that could detect damage previously invisible to acoustic imaging systems.
Aluminium Middle East show highlights industry’s main trends
Globalisation, market dynamics, environment and energy prices are redrawing the world aluminium industry map, with the Middle East in general and the Arabian Gulf countries in particular emerging as the potential
Super black - world’s darkest material - launched at Farnborough International
Sensitive electro-optical imaging and target-acquisition systems will achieve new levels of range and sensitivity performance thanks to a UK company’s breakthrough in developing a ′super black’ material to be launched at the Farnborough International Air Show.
Highly non-linear metamaterials for laser technology
Non-linear optical materials are widely used in laser systems. However, high light intensity and long propagation are required to produce strong non-linear optical effects. Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin and the Technische Universitaet Muenchen have created metamaterials with a mil
Automotive conference to address growing sector demand for aluminium
Leading figures from the British automotive industry will discuss the growing demand for aluminium amongst carmakers at a special conference in Birmingham this autumn. The conference is being organised by ALFED, t
Field trials reveal substantial cost savings with aluminium melting crucibles
Field studies carried out by the Molten Metal Systems business of Morgan Advanced Materials reveal that the company’s latest addition to the Syncarb Z2 family of crucibles is achieving substantial cost savings in operational conditions for the
Adhesives spread innovation across Europe’s railways
Laurent Pourcheron, Marketing Manager for Adhesives at Huntsman Advanced Materials, reviews the adhesive technologies which are enabling the production of sustainable developments, helping manufacturers in the sector achieve competitive edge and secure long-term growth.
Folding scooter and a guitar stand scoop aluminium awards
A scooter that folds into a square the size of a piece of A4 paper and a guitar stand which incorporates an amplifier have scooped the top prizes in a national aluminium design competition. The two concepts were c
Russian investment in aluminium-zirconia wire rod production
UC Rusal announces investment of over USD5.5 million in aluminium-zirconia wire rod production. The first samples of high-tech products have already been certified by consumers.
Foamed In-Situ Thermoformable Sandwich (FITS) panels cut weight and cost for aircraft and high-speed train interiors
At JEC Europe 2014 in Paris, SMTC introduced Dynatech, a thermoplastic sandwich panel system, suitable for mass-production, principally targeting aircraft, although also high-speed train interiors. These applications require light weight in combination with damage tolerance and specified fire, smoke
Ultra-short pulsed laser deposition (USPLD) developed to enable microstructural control
Finnish thin film coating specialist Picodeon has developed its ultra-short pulsed laser deposition (USPLD) surface coating technology to be able to create either porous or dense aluminium oxide (Al2O3) coatings o
Process control process regulates metals pretreatment
In the manufacture of metal components, the ability to continuously monitor surface pretreatment processes and to ensure the optimum infeed of the chemicals required is of crucial importance. Henkel’s TCS Engineering department has developed a modular metering and control system under the brand name
Assessing the real opportunity for graphene in a fragmented market
Graphene has enormous commercial potential. Its growth however is being hampered by two factors. First is the fact that there is market confusion and uncertainty across the different types of graphene and different manufacturing processes. The second is that, in many cases, graphene is attempting to
Adaptive phononic crystals produce vibration-damping sheet metal that never rattles
Researchers from Empa and ETH Zurich have succeeded in producing a prototype of a vibration-damping material that is not only able to damp vibrations completely, but it can also specifically conduct certain frequencies further. Although the "programmable material’ still only works in a one-dimension
Surface preparation for bonding metals
Master Bond manufactures a wide range of adhesives for bonding metals to metals, as well as metals to other substrates. Surface preparation plays a key role to ensuring that good bond strength is achieved. The following techniques are typically used as practices for proper surface preparation:
Plans to recycle rare earth metals using high temperature electrolysis
Rare earth metals are important components in green energy products such as wind turbines and eco-cars. But the scarcity of these metals is worrying the EU. Among the technologies being investigated is high temperature electrolysis.
Boeing announces location of 777X Composite Wing Centre
Boeing has announced that its Everett, Washington site will be the location for a new composite wing centre for the 777X programme. It will be located north of the Everett factory. The new jets will be available in two variants, resized versions of the current 777-300ER, with "ultra-long range capab
Selective laser oxidation of aluminium surfaces
From the idea of operating a coating process without the use of chemicals, AHC Oberflächentechnik in Germany has developed a novel method for the oxidation of aluminium surfaces. With this process components
Advanced ceramics - selection factors for critical components
Dieter Steudtner, Sales Manager at Morgan Advanced Materials, gives designers and manufacturers an insight into advanced ceramic materials and their properties.
Refrigeration company welcomes F-gas Phase-down in Europe, relaxes hydrocarbon policy
On December 16 2013 the European Parliaments’ Environment Committee, Council and Commission agreed on a phase-down of F-gases. Specific sectors, such as commercial refrigeration and air-conditioning, will be restricted while remaining sectors for safety reasons will keep the opportunity to use F-gas
Safer and more sustainable materials for manufacturing
Manufacturing industries rely on a supply of raw materials; increasingly these are rare, expensive, difficult to source, and subject to regulation. A £10.3 million grant, awarded to researchers today by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) will be used to find safer, m
Aluminium investment held back by energy tariffs, industry leaders warn
Investment in Britain’s aluminium sector is being held back by the high cost of energy in the country. This was one of the messages delivered to Business and Energy Minister Michael Fallon at a meeting with
Diverter dampers converted from mineral wool to high temperature insulation wool
When Esscano Power A/S wanted to improve its diverter damper insulation from mineral wool (rock wool) material, the company examined all the available alternatives, ultimately locating numerous online references to high-temperature insulation wool from Morgan Advanced Materials.
Carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastics combine chemical resistance with strength and stiffness
RTP has developed customised thermoplastic compounds in over 60 different engineering resin systems for applications requiring colour, conductive, elastomeric, flame retardant, high temperature, structural, and wear resistant properties. They are based on carbon fibre reinforced PEEK, PPA, PPS, and
Ultra-light heat exchangers take the heat out of space flight
Breakthrough heat exchange technology is the driving force behind a new generation of engines with the ability to operate in space and the earth’s atmosphere. Chemical engineers can find out more about the SABRE engine from Dr Robert Bond, corporate programmes director at Reaction Engines, at a spec
UK Government urged to champion aluminium sector
Thousands of new jobs would be created if the British Government stepped forward to champion aluminium as the modern automotive metal. That was the message delivered to MPs at a special Parliamentary breakfast bri
Low cost titanium powder opens door for 3D printing automotive parts
For the first time, low-cost titanium powders, developed by Metalysis, have been used to 3D print automotive parts. To date, the 3D printing revolution has focused on the use of plastics - cheap feedstock and high throughput. So far, 3D printing with metal has been prohibitively expensive because ti
Classifier mill ups capacity and scope of Russian powder metallurgy plant
UC RUSAL is to modernise the SUAL-Powder Metallurgy (Shelekhov, Russia) plant. The total project investment is estimated to be EUR 4 mln. The plant is acquiring a German Hosokawa Alpine classifier mill. The installation of the new equipment will result in an increase in production capacity by 30%, a
Supportive products for aluminium sheets, profiles and extrusions
Gooding Aluminium, the supplier of a wide range of high quality aluminium sheets,
Joint venture to produce automotive diecast components
Global aluminium producer UC RUSAL has signed a memorandum of understanding with Israeli company Omen High Pressure Die Casting, which specialises in the production of automotive components from non-ferrous metals
Metal forming joint venture agreement cover Europe and North America
Vari-Form and EMARC SpA of Piemonte, Italy, have announced a joint venture agreement, whereby both companies will offer hydroforming, roll forming and aluminium stretch bending in both their local markets. The tar
Crucible designed for aluminium smelting and holding
The Molten Metal Systems business of Morgan Advanced Materials has further extended its acclaimed Syncarb Z2 crucible family with the introduction of a new crucible designed to provide longer service life and increased energy savings for the
UK’s beverage carton recycling plant opens for business
Capable of recycling up to 40% (25,000 tonnes) of the cartons manufactured each year for the UK food and drink market – that’s 1.25 billion cartons – a new plant dedicated beverage carton recycling facility, located in Stainland (near Halifax), West Yorkshire, opened on 3 September 2013.
Warp-knitted anti-ballistic aramid fabric for spall-liners
Teijin Aramid is launching a new anti-ballistic spall-liner solution at the DSEI show (London ExCel, September 10-13). The new fabric, Twaron T765, offers cost-effective ballistic protection in ground vehicles. It is ideal for protecting military vehicles in high-threat situations, but it can also p
Aluminium oxide ceramic the battery collar for next generation sodium metal halide batteries
Morgan Advanced Materials is supplying a range of critical components for GE Energy Storage’s high-performance Durathon Batteries. GE Energy Storage uses the battery modules to build complete energy storage systems for the telecom, energy management, power generation, grid operation, back-up and mot
Adding arsenic brings stainless magnesium closer
In a discovery that could have major implications for the aerospace, automotive and electronics industries, scientists have found a way to dramatically reduce the corrosion rate of lightweight metal magnesium - adding arsenic.
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