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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Maintenance Metals & Alloys celebrates 10th anniversary

June 21, 2006

Concord, Ontario-based Maintenance Metals & Alloys Inc. is celebrating its 10th year serving the metals industry with an open house June 23, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.The "birthday party" will provide an...

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U. S. Steel opens training center

June 20, 2006

Fairfield Works of United States Steel Corp. held a ribbon-cutting ceremony today to celebrate the opening of a new Maintenance Training Center. The Center occupies 11,000 square feet in the...

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WCI names vice president-operations

June 19, 2006

WCI Steel Inc. announced today that Michael T. Adams has been named vice president-operations, effective today.Adams has more than 22 years of steel industry experience, serving in managerial and...

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AK Steel announces stainless sheet price increase

June 19, 2006

AK Steel said today that it is increasing transaction prices for all hot-rolled and cold-rolled stainless steel sheet and strip products, tubular-quality products, and continuous mill plate products...

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AK Steel, UAW to begin Butler Works contract talks

June 14, 2006

AK Steel and the United Autoworkers (UAW) Local 3303, which represents about 1,400 production, service, and maintenance workers at the company's Butler (PA) Plant, announced today they will begin...

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Nucor to construct new galvanizing facility in Alabama

June 14, 2006

Nucor Corp. announced today that it plans to construct its fourth sheet steel galvanizing facility. The facility will be located at the company's existing sheet mill in Decatur, Ala. Annual capacity...

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Structured sheet metal - Part II

June 13, 2006

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Vault-structured sheet metal undergoes very little strain hardening during structuring, so it can be deformed further into shapes such as cans, containers, washing machine drums, thin-walled detector tubes, heat exchangers, and light reflectors.

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Custom tubes and rods available

June 13, 2006

Marshall Mfg. Co. offers custom-manufactured surgical tubes and rods with burr-free custom slots, notches, cross holes, and multiple angles made with high-precision wire EDM processes.The process has...

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Tempered steel designed to reduce deformation, stress cracking, brittleness

June 13, 2006

Blue Blade Steel says its tempered steel provides consistent, bendable, pliable materials and characteristics that help eliminate product failure from deformation, stress cracking, and brittleness.The...

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Michigan Seamless Tube names president/CEO

June 13, 2006

Michigan Seamless Tube LLC, South Lyon, Mich., has named Michael Rinker as president and CEO.Rinker has spent 28 years in the stainless steel industry, most recently as president of North American...

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Apolo, Lone Star Steel form alliance

June 13, 2006

Apolo Tubos e Equipamentos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a subsidiary of Grupo Peixoto de Castro, and Lone Star Steel Co., Dallas, the primary operating company of Lone Star Technologies, have entered into...

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Denman and Davis launches Web site

June 13, 2006

Denman and Davis, Clifton, N.J., has launched its Web site, www.ddsteel.com.The site is set up to help customers quickly locate the products and services they need. It provides real-time inventory...

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Sharon Tube names product sales manager

June 13, 2006

Sharon Tube Co., Sharon, Pa., has appointed R. Gary Giles to product sales manager—electric resistance welded tubing. Giles works closely with the company's outside sales department and is...

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Measuring the plastic strain ratio of sheet metals

June 13, 2006

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Determining how much a metal can deform before thinning or fracture occurs is necessary for designing a reproducible forming operation. Testing the incoming sheet material is also essential because material properties may vary from coil to coil and affect the part quality and scrap rate. Understanding a material's plastic strain ratio and how to measure it are crucial in accurately establishing a material's formability.

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Warm forming titanium parts

June 13, 2006

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Senior Editor Eric Lundin visited a fabricator that specializes in aircraft components, M-DOT Aerospace, to learn how the company uses warm-forming of titanium to manufacture a cradle for an auxiliary power unit, or APU. Understanding titanium's characteristics is the key in forming this durable, corrosion-resistant, tough material.

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