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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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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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