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    Friction Stir Welding of Aluminum Alloys

    Editor’s Note: As many articles have appeared in Light Metal Age (both in the magazine and online) describing and following the friction stir welding (FSW) process, especially its application in joining aluminum alloys in various forms and tempers, readers should be familiar with its advantages. In the FSW process, aluminum components are joined in the solid […]

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    Aluminum Alloy Composition and Method

    Editor’s Note: Although the Aluminum Association has certified hundreds of international aluminum alloys in each of the wrought and cast categories, aluminum metallurgists keep adding new recipes to meet the challenges required in their products, which span a range of applications—transportation, B&C, packaging, and various industrial and consumer products. The focused patent search presented hereafter reviews […]

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    Trimet Introduces New Alloy for Additive Manufacturing

    Additive manufacturing is becoming increasingly important, with cheaper and more efficient processes making the production of metal powders and additively manufactured components more attractive. As a result, printed components are increasingly being used not only for prototyping, but also as serial products. Trimet Aluminium SE in Germany has been conducting intensive research and development on material […]

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    Constellium Leads ALIVE Project to Develop New Al Battery Enclosures for EVs

    On June 25th, Constellium announced that it will lead a consortium of automotive manufacturers and suppliers to develop structural aluminum battery enclosures for electric vehicles. The £15 million Aluminium Intensive Vehicle Enclosures (ALIVE) project will be developed in the UK and funded in part by a grant from the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) as a component of its […]

  • Figure 1. Prof. Xiaochun Li, founder and chief scientist of MetaLi, holding a prototype bike frame welded together with the company’s proprietary AA7075 welding wire.

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    ARTICLE: Nanotechnology-Enabled Welding and Manufacturing of High Performance Aluminum Alloys

    Lightweighting has been and continues to be a major concern for the aerospace, automotive, and transportation industries. Whether it’s an airplane, automobile, boat, or train, the use of lightweight materials, such as aluminum, provide significant fuel savings and performance benefits. Like its competitors in the lightweighting arena (steel, composites, etc.), aluminum is working to continually […]

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    Rio Tinto Working to Produce Scandium for Scandium-Aluminum Master Alloys

    Rio Tinto researchers have developed a new process to extract high purity scandium oxide — a critical mineral — from by-products generated in the production of titanium dioxide at the Rio Tinto Fer et Titane (RTFT) metallurgical operation in Sorel-Tracy, Quebec, Canada. The company is now producing high quality scandium oxide that meets market specifications […]

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    Innoval Introduces a Series of Free Aluminum-Focused Webinars

    Innoval Technology is offering a series of free entry-level webinars designed to provide an overview of aluminum, how it’s used, and how it’s processed. These live informational sessions will appeal to anyone who is new to aluminum or anyone already working with aluminum who wants to find out more or explore other ways of using it. […]

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    Howmet Aerospace Launches as Producer of Engineered Aerospace Solutions

    Howmet Aerospace Inc., headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, launched as a standalone manufacturer of advanced engineered solutions for the aerospace and transportation industries. This follows the announcement that Arconic Inc. would separate into two standalone companies — Howmet Aerospace and Arconic Corporation. Howmet will be led by John C. Plant, who will serve as co-CEO and […]

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    Rio Tinto Develops New Alloy for High Strength Car Wheels

    Rio Tinto received the first order for its Revolution-Al™, a new high strength aluminum alloy developed to make lighter weight car wheels. The development of the new alloy was five years in the making, representing the company’s commitment to innovation. The project was carried out in cooperation with the company’s customers, who helped trial and test […]