Did you know that, in just a few rare cases, fallen meteors would be used to forge weapons? There are some meteorites that are made of a combination of iron and nickel. In fact, meteoric iron has a high nickel content and is very malleable. As such, past civilizations found them very useful.
Severstal, Russia’s fourth-largest steel company in 2017 annual production of 11.7 million metric tons, launched SteelTech Accelerator, a program to fund metallurgical start-ups offering new technologies to solve challenges in the steel sector.
German research institute Laser Zentrum Hannover (LZH), in a joint research project with nine partners, developed a laser welding process with integrated welding depth control for thick mixed joints in shipbuilding.
Tata Steel’s Orb Electrical Steels plant in Newport, Wales, is set to close. The company says up to 380 jobs could be lost. The facility, which was put up for sale in May 2018, makes electrical steel used in generators, transformers and motors for the auto industry.
Back in July, President Trump signed an executive order that required the bulk of steel and iron used in federal contracts to be sourced from U.S. companies. According to the order, 95% of the ferrous materials used for government projects must be provided by American businesses.
According to BloombergNEF, the steel industry could use hydrogen, instead of fossil fuels, for between 10% and 50% of output by 2050. Hydrogen, which can be used instead of coke as reduction agents in a process called direct reduced iron, is already being tested by large steelmakers such as ArcelorMittal and Thyssenkrupp.
From the beaches of Virginia to Utah to South Africa, blacksmiths teach others how to make beautiful and useful products from forged metal. This includes Damascas-steel knives as seen in some of the images and videos in these linked stories.
GKN Powder Metallurgy has opened its first self-sustaining home in the Alps. The 300-year old building, which has no access to a public power grid, now operates on a CO2-free energy-supply system providing locally generated energy from renewables.
Check out the February 2020 issue of Industrial Heating, featuring an editorial on Nonferrous – Products and Their Processes, along with the Inspection and Maintenance Critical to Safe Fuel-Train Operation.