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Bruker’s new XRD system combines its Turbo X-ray source with Atlas goniometer

September 06, 2017

Bruker AXS, Billerica, Mass., introduces the D8 Discover Plus X-ray diffraction system, which combines the high power of its TXS-HE high-efficiency Turbo X-ray source, with the reliability and accuracy of its high-endurance Atlas goniometer.

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Spirit AeroSystems develops RTM composite technology for aircraft spoilers

September 06, 2017

Spirit AeroSystems, Wichita, Kan., has developed a resin transfer molding (RTM) technology that supports the high-volume production of composite aircraft spoilers and other monolithic components and promises to deliver improved quality and significant cost savings.

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Outokumpu U.S. stainless steel bar operations receive LCS approval for aerospace

September 06, 2017

Outokumpu Oy, Finland, has received Pratt & Whitney's LCS (laboratory control at source) approval for its stainless steel bar products manufactured at its Richburg mill in South Carolina.

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Ames Lab hot-shot pour tube produces titanium powder ten times more efficiently

September 06, 2017

The U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory, Iowa, announces that one of its research teams has won an award for the development of a "hot-shot pour tube" technology that can produce titanium powder approximately ten times more efficiently than traditional methods.

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Alumina-forming high temperature steels offering new opportunities in heat treatment

August 31, 2017

Two novel alumina-forming steels, Kanthal APMT and Nikrothal PM 58, have corrosion resistance based on the formation of an adherent alumina layer.

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One Minute Mentor: Nitrocarburizing in a Carrier Gas

August 31, 2017

Nitrocarburizing in a carrier gas to which (initially solid) urea was added led to a fast growth of the expanded austenite zone. The gaseous decomposition products of urea that develop in the furnace are highly activating, which means that activation and nitrocarburizing are achieved simultaneously.

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Auto parts manufacturer orders Lucifer ceramic-fiber-lined box furnace

August 30, 2017

Lucifer Furnaces Inc., Warrington, Pa., has received an order for an electric, ceramic-fiber-lined box furnace from a leading U.S. manufacturer of stamped automotive products.

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Solar Manufacturing receives U.S. patent for vacuum furnace hot zone improvement

August 30, 2017

Solar Manufacturing, Souderton, Pa., announces that it has been awarded a patent for an innovation in vacuum furnace hot zone design.

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Total Eclipse by Southern Research Institute's Telescopes

August 29, 2017

A visible-light image of the Sun captured during the total eclipse by Southern Research Institute's telescopes. The imagery was captured by two NASA high-altitude research aircraft as the total solar eclipse unfolded over the United States. The goal of the eclipse mission, led by NASA and supported by Southern Research Institute, was to gather visible-light and infrared images of the solar...

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Spinning magnesium billets during extrusion enables higher ductility and lower cost

August 23, 2017

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Richland, Wash., announces that its researchers have developed a method of extruding magnesium alloys that greatly improves their energy absorption by creating novel microstructures that are not possible with traditional extrusion methods.

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