We typically start the New Year off by focusing on new technologies throughout the thermal-processing industry in our January issue. With that in mind, let’s begin 2023 by looking at some interesting technological developments that have come across my inbox in the past nine months.
A new MIT-developed heat treatment transforms the microscopic structure of 3D-printed metals, making the materials stronger and more resilient in extreme thermal environments. The technique could make it possible to 3D print high-performance blades and vanes for power-generating gas turbines and jet engines.
To meet growing demand from automakers for its self-piercing rivets and tools, Atlas Copco Industrial Assembly Solutions installed an on-site nitrogen generation system that feeds its hardening operation and overcomes dependence on vendor-delivered supply of the gas.
A team of scientists have developed a new type of steel that is ultra-strong yet stretchable, potentially overcoming a tough challenge in steelmaking. According to the research team, a piece of the steel the size of a fingernail can bear the weight of a 2-metric-ton car without fracturing and be stretched by 18-25%.
Hydro and World Wide Wind AS will explore the use of aluminum in the renewable wind industry. The Norwegian companies are partnering up to develop floating wind turbines with a design specifically meant for offshore conditions. The goal is to use aluminum in the construction.
America Makes announced the winners of two recent project calls, the 2022 Rapid Innovation Call (RIC) and the Steel Wire-Arc Additive Heat Treatment (SWAAHT) project call. Winning proposals address the challenges of the domestic supply chain and offer progressive solutions.
Albemarle Corp. acquired a location in Charlotte, N.C., where it will invest at least $180 million to establish a facility designed for novel materials research, advanced process development and acceleration of next-generation lithium products to market.
Precise heat control is essential in temperature-sensitive applications. Even small deviations from the setpoint can result in defective or rejected products. Despite this, many facilities for heating or melting metals or glass, as well as annealing, drying and countless other applications, still burn fossil fuels. This makes maintaining precise temperature control challenging. It also produces significant emissions, meaning that it is incompatible with a move to net-zero carbon emissions.