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Composite Rebar to Replace Steel In Ohio Bridge

In a small section of road that passes over the Norfolk Southern railroad tracks, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is looking to composite materials to replace traditional steel rebar. Located just outside of Toledo, the Anthony Wayne Trail bridge was a crumbling section of a highway bridge in desperate need of rebuilding and expansion. The design firm tasked with replacing the ...

Metal Foam Stops .50 Caliber Rounds as Well as Steel

For Immediate Release: Researchers have demonstrated that vehicle armor using composite metal foam (CMF) can stop ball and armor-piercing .50 caliber rounds as well as conventional steel armor, even though it weighs less than half as much. The finding means that vehicle designers will be able to develop lighter military vehicles without sacrificing safety, or can improve protection without making ...

British Steel Collapses

After years of being on life support, the second largest steel manufacturer in Great Britain has collapsed. British Steel had been seeking a loan from the British government for £75 million  ($95 million) as recently as last week when the news of the firm’s implosion broke on Wednesday of this week. The company received a government loan for £120 million ($152 million) only last year, but it ...

Russian Aluminum Giant Rusal Invests $200 Million In Kentucky Mill

United Company RUSAL, the second largest producer of aluminum on the world, has committed to a 10-year, $200 million investment in Kentucky-based Braidy Industries. The deal will make Rusal the single provider of low-carbon aluminum for Braidy Industries’ new rolling mill which is slated to begin production in 2020. The deal is the result of sanctions lifted on three firms linked to contro...

Welding The Unweldable

AA7075 aluminum alloy is as fantastic as it is frustrating. Originally developed in secret by Sumitomo Metal during World War 2 for airframe construction, it’s unique properties make it as strong as steel at one-third the weight. The downside is you can’t weld two pieces of AA7075 together. Titanium carbide nanoparticles to the rescue. The unique properties that give AA7075 it’s combin...

SpaceX Will Build Their New Rocket Out Of Stainless Steel

Not since the Atlas program in the late ’50s has a spacecraft been designed to use stainless steel as a major component, but SpaceX is going to do exactly that. Why would anyone use steel when more exotic, seemingly more space-worthy metals or composite materials are so readily available? The engineers working on the project had the same question for SpaceX’s leader Elon Musk. The short ...

Demand For Cutting Tools Remains High

Manufacturing in America continues to soar and there are strong indications that this trend will continue. The latest Cutting Tool Market Report, jointly compiled by the U.S. Cutting Tool Institute and the Association For Manufacturing Technology shows that U.S. manufacturers purchased $223.46 million in cutting tools in October 2018. This number represents a 6.1% increase over September 2018 and ...

Workers At U.S. Steel To Receive Biggest Pay Raise Since 2013

President Trump’s tariffs are working. In an agreement reached on Monday with the United Steelworkers union (USW), U.S. Steel has agreed to a 14 percent pay increase spread out over a 4 year period. The deal, which has yet to be ratified by over 16,000 steelworkers across the country, also includes a lump sum bonus as well as a share in the company’s profits. All of this comes on the heels ...

Kobe Steel Officially Charged in Fake Data Scheme

Prosecutors in Japan have officially charged steel industry giant Kobe Steel with violating laws overseeing competition for it’s systemic, decade-long practice of faking quality control documentation. What started in mid-2017 as concern over strength and durability reports for copper and aluminum products quickly spread to include steel products. The subsequent investigation revealed a ...

Lithium Market Is On The Rise As Demand For Electric Vehicles Grows

A report released by Global Market Research Inc. indicated that the global market for lithium ion battery products is likely to exceed $60 billion by the year 2024. The increase in the demand for rechargeable lithium ion batteries is largely due to the rising usage of rechargeable consumer electronic gadgets like mobile phones, tablets, and also for electric vehicles which use these batteries. ...