Historic Cover Archive
2010 to 2008
2010 to 2008
Caption: The second test launch of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket successfully occurred December 8th. The entire barrel and dome sections of the Falcon 9 are built using Airware™ 2198 alloy, part of a new family of aluminum lithium alloys patented and produced by Alcan Global ATI.
Caption: Arising like a giant flaming canvas out of the desert, Ferrari World, the largest theme park in the world, opened in Abu Dhabi. It’s roof, painted a stunning Ferrari red, was designed to look like the double curve body shell of a Ferrari GT. Aleris Aluminum of Duffel, Belgium, supplied the aluminum strip used for the roof and exterior building structure. (Photo courtesy of Euramax Coated Products)
Caption: Acciona’s solar “field” in Alvardo, Spain utilizes a parabolic trough type concentrated solar power system (CSP). Multiple rows of parabolic mirrors supported by a framework fabricated from aluminum extrusions focus the sun’s energy onto absorber tubes. The resulting hot oil from the absorber tubes is piped to the central power block where heat exchangers transfer the energy to water, with the resulting steam powering turbines to produce electricity. (Photo: Hydro Aluminum.)
Caption: Captain of the Anodic Department, Elizabeth Remien, unracks anodized profiles at Futura Industries in Clearfield, Utah. This medium-sized aluminum extrusion company has created a prosperous manufacturing business through offering extensive value-added operations, custom assembly and packaging, and a management style that values the employee as much as the customer.
Caption: A 2,500 US ton single action short stroke UBE extrusion press in UBE’s manufacturing facility in Yamaguchi, Japan.
Caption: As of December 2009, the Middle East region is firmly on the path of becoming a major hub for aluminum production with the commissioning of the first phase, 585,000 tpy Qatalum smelter at Mesaieed, just south of Doha in the State of Qatar. Qatalum is a fully integrated greenfield plant, consisting of a smelter, casthouse, and carbon plant, as well as dedicated gas-fired power plant. The rapidly constructed smelter boasts low investment costs, high productivity output, and state-of-the-art reduction technology with low energy consumption and reduced emissions.
Caption: Erection of the new aluminum hot strip mill and cold rolling complex in progress at Xiamen Xiashun located in China’s southeastern province of Fujian. Xiamen Xiashun will increase its upstream rolling facilities by 200,000 tpy with this expansion coming onstream in 2010.
Caption: Photo shows the V8 aluminum engine (weighing 204 lbs) for the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro (printed with permission ©GM Comp.). Engines continue to be the highest volume component for aluminum in automotive applications. The Camaro contains 10% aluminum by vehicle curb weight, including engine blocks and heads, pistons, hood, wheels, transmission housing, differential housings, and brake calipers. Both aluminum and magnesium have shown steady growth in automotive since the 1970s. A number of forming technologies as well as improvements in material properties and cost will increase their greater use inthe future.
Caption: The F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) is a highly advanced stealth aircraft. Its development program represents the largest defense project to date with nine partnering countries. As titanium is a key component in the JSF, the program is primed to boost the titanium industry, particularly in Australia. (Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin.)
Caption: While billets are removed from the pit at Alexin’s new casthouse in Bluffton, Indiana, casting personnel perform routine between-cast tasks, such as inspecting billet molds, checking the casting rings for imperfections, and coating the t-plates with a release agent. The novel casting station configuration allows access to the molds by tilting the table away from the casting pit, improving pit turnaround efficiency and enhancing operator safety. The Alexin greenfield facility is the newest aluminum extrusion billet casthouse in North America.
Caption: Weseralu GmbH installed the first magnetic billet heater put into industrial operation at their extrusion facility in Minden, Germany.
Caption: The new 170,000 tpy potline at UC Rusal’s Irkutsk smelter installed February 2008 not only boosts capacity, but also improves the overall environmental performance of the smelter.
Caption: From rolled sheet to valuable recycled content, used beverage cans (UBCs) are a major source of supply for the U.S. aluminum industry. However, too many UBCs have ended up in landfill as the current U.S. recycling rate of 54% attests. Due to the culmination of industry wide efforts, which include new technology to extract UBCs before they become part of the waste stream, The Aluminum Association has now, with confidence, announced a new target goal of 75% by 2015.
Caption: Photo shows the Tesla Roadster, designed by Tesla Motors Inc. The Roadster features an aluminum extruded chassis, and the company’s new Model S will carry even more aluminum. (Printed with permission, courtesy of Tesla Motors Inc.)
Caption: Photo shows a common and daily practice of removing dross from an aluminum melting furnace by means of skimming with a forklift operated cleaning rake. Location: Jackson, Tennessee. (Photographer: John Peterman.)
Caption: Quality control check at exit of recently rebuilt press #9, a 5,700 ton indirect press, at the Cressona extrusion operation in Pennsylvania. Cressona is one of 11 plants in the U.S., many of which are undergoing upgrades, that are now part of Sapa North American Extrusions, Inc. Sapa’s new entry into the domestic market is shifting the landscape of the North American extrusion industry.
Caption: Australian shipbuilder Austal is the designer and builder of the 127-meter aluminum seaframe for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), which is being built at the company’s U.S. shipyard in Mobile, Alabama.
Caption: This simulation image shows the load (effective stress) on the mandrel of an aluminum extrusion die. The mandrel’s weak points are clearly shown. This is one of the simulations that Compes Italy created in an effort to optimize leg design on a port-hole die that ultimately led to the Compes Blade Die design. The software used for the simulation is QForm 3D. This issue features a review of the Extrusion Workshop and 2nd Extrusion Benchmark in Bologna, Italy in September. Leg shape in die design was one of the topics covered in the Benchmark portion of the workshop in which Compes participated.