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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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Four projects selected for R&D of cost-effective recovery of rare earth elements from coal

August 23, 2017

The U.S. Department of Energy, Washington, has selected four projects to move on to a second phase of research in their efforts to advance recovery of rare earth elements (REE) from coal and coal byproducts.

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ATI to supply isothermal forgings and nickel-base powder alloys to Pratt & Whitney

August 23, 2017

Allegheny Technologies Inc., Pittsburgh, announces that it has signed a new Long-Term Purchase Agreement (LTPA) with Pratt & Whitney, a United Technologies company, to supply isothermal forgings and nickel-base powder alloys for next-generation jet engines.

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Constellium high-strength machinable aluminum alloys for autos resist corrosion

August 23, 2017

Constellium N.V., New York, introduces HSA6, a new generation of high-strength 6000-series alloys for extrusion-based automobile crash management systems, body-in-white structural components, and battery enclosures.

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Fast silicon drift detector combined with EDS analysis software enables real-time imaging

August 21, 2017

Oxford Instruments, Concord, Mass., introduces a real-time navigation and imaging system for the SEM that helps users interactively explore samples based on video-rate X-ray maps colored by element rather than the black and white electron image alone.

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Magnetic/electrostatic compound lens enables FIB/SEM to image sub-nanometer features

August 21, 2017

Hitachi High-Technologies Corp., Tokyo, announces the development of an all-new high-performance Ethos FIB-SEM based on a newly developed magnetic/electrostatic compound lens that enables it to deliver advanced imaging performance resolving sub-nanometer features in high contrast for low-voltage SEM applications.

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Jeol InTouchScope SEM offers high sensitivity and high spatial resolution at faster speed

August 21, 2017

Jeol USA, Peabody, Mass., introduces the newest addition to the Jeol InTouchScope series SEMs, the JSM-IT500HR, which features a high-brightness, long-life emitter with stable probe current.

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Coventor adds automated process analysis to semiconductor virtual fabrication platform

August 21, 2017

Coventor Inc., Cary, N.C., announces the availability of SEMulator3D 6.1, the latest version of its semiconductor virtual fabrication platform.

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Micron’s new facility nearly doubles cleanroom space for memory storage R&D

August 21, 2017

Micron Technology Inc., Boise, Idaho, has opened a new facility that will nearly double the cleanroom space dedicated to research and development, and will support a significant expansion of the company's overall R&D capabilities.

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One Minute Mentor: Residual Stress Profiles as Determined by X-Ray Diffraction

August 18, 2017

For nitrocarburizing or consecutive carburizing and nitriding, the typical stress profile is smoother than for nitriding only.

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