Metals/Materials

The metals/materials technology area has information on the most commonly used materials in metal fabrication ̶ carbon steels; stainless steels; high-strength, low-alloy steels (HSLAs); and the 6000 series aluminum ̶ and those that aren't as common, such as the red metals, refractory metals, titanium, and magnesium.

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Northern States Metals names CEO

January 20, 2016

Youngstown, Ohio-based Northern States Metals, a provider of custom-made extruded aluminum products, has appointed Jeff Gwinnell as president and CEO. Gwinnell most recently served as president/ CEO of Avtron and Axia Inc. He also spent seven years at McKinsey & Co. as senior manager. Gwinnell...

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LIFT project to focus on computer analytics to predict titanium performance

January 19, 2016

The third technology project announced by Detroit-based LIFT (Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow) will focus on titanium. Lead partners on the project—GE Aviation and The Ohio State University—will focus first on advancing computer analytics to better understand and predict the performance of...

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Commercial Metals announces promotions

January 19, 2016

Irving, Texas-based Commercial Metals Co., a manufacturer, recycler, and marketer of steel and metal products, has promoted Barbara R. Smith to the position of COO and Mary A. Lindsey to the position of vice president/CFO. Smith has been the company's senior vice president and CFO since May...

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Metallurgy Matters: Thermal cycles, the HAZ, and the strength of martensite

January 18, 2016

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Last time we looked at how welding heat influences the heat-affected zone (HAZ) of metals strengthened by three typical hardening processes: solid-solution hardening, cold working, and precipitation hardening. That leaves one critical strengthening process to consider: transformation (martensite)...

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TWI friction stir welds ODS steel

January 15, 2016

As part of its core research program into the friction stir welding of steel, U.K.-based research, technology, and engineering organization TWI has welded a number of samples of oxide dispersion-strengthened (ODS) steels. These specialized alloys have been developed to deliver excellent strength...

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Pro-Tec Coating appoints president

January 15, 2016

Leipsic, Ohio-based Pro-Tec Coating Co., a 50/50 joint venture between United States Steel Corp. and Kobe Steel Ltd., has named Richard E. Veitch as president. The company provides coated flat-rolled steel primarily to the automotive industry. Veitch joined U.S. Steel full time in 1985 as a turn...

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SMDI awards innovative use of AHSS for environmental sustainability

January 13, 2016

The Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI), a business unit of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) based in Washington, D.C., has presented the annual Men and Women of Steel Awards to two recipients in recognition of their innovative use of AHSS. The Industry Innovator Award was...

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Mill Steel acquires assets of S&S Steel Services

January 12, 2016

Mill Steel Co., Grand Rapids, Mich., a distributor of flat-rolled carbon steel, has acquired certain assets of S&S Steel Services Inc., an Anderson, Ind.-based supplier of carbon flat-rolled steel services serving manufacturers in the Midwest, Mid-South, and Mid-Atlantic states. Mill Steel will...

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Alcoa to close Warrick smelter, curtail remaining capacity at Point Comfort refinery

January 11, 2016

Lightweight metals producer Alcoa has announced it will permanently close its Warrick Operations smelter in Evansville, Ind., by the end of Q1 2016. By the end of Q2 2016, the company will curtail the remaining 810,000 metric tons of refining capacity at its Point Comfort operations in Texas....

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Menges Roller celebrates 50 years of business in 2016

January 8, 2016

Menges Roller Co., Wauconda, Ill., celebrates 50 years of business in 2016. The company was founded in 1966 by Louis J. Menges as a rubber covering company but has expanded into engineering, design, and fabrication of precision rollers. The company currently is led by President Matt Menges, the...

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Nucor Steel Louisiana DRI plant to resume operations

January 7, 2016

Nucor Corp. has announced that its direct reduced iron (DRI) plant in Louisiana will resume operations by the end of January 2016. The plant temporarily suspended production at the end of 2015 for planned maintenance, and the company decided not to resume production at that time based on market...

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HyCAL Corp. to install hydrogen continuous anneal line for UHSS/AHSS

January 5, 2016

Detroit-based HyCAL Corp., a division of Ferragon Corp. and formerly Ferrolux-Gibraltar, has begun installation of an Ebner continuous anneal line that will use a blend of hydrogen, rather than water, for strip cooling to produce UHSS/AHSS grades. According to the company, the line—expected to...

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Reliance Steel & Aluminum completes acquisition of Tubular Steel

January 5, 2016

Los Angeles-based Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. has acquired all of the outstanding capital stock of Tubular Steel Inc. (TSI), a distributor and processor of carbon, alloy, and stainless steel pipe, tubing, and bar products. TSI, which has its headquarters and a fabrication business in St....

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Chicago Tube & Iron names director of marketing

January 4, 2016

Chicago Tube & Iron, Romeoville, Ill., has promoted Rob Powers to the position of director of marketing - pipe, valves, and fittings. Powers joined the company immediately after graduating from Indiana University with a bachelor’s degree in management. In his short career, he has developed...

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United Steel receives two CCIA Awards

December 23, 2015

United Steel Inc., an East Hartford, Conn.-based fabricator and erector of structural steel and miscellaneous metals, has received two awards for safety and community service from the Connecticut Construction Industries Association (CCIA). CCIA’s Safety Committee selected United Steel for its...

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