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New Paths in Shipbuilding: Friction Stir Welding with Aluminium

For thousands of years, the sea has proven a formidable challenge to the construction of efficient and reliable means of transportation. Even today, men and vessels alike are exposed to considerable strain. Depending on the specific mission requirements, the fashion in which ships are designed, what materials are made use of, and how they are

New methods for reprocessing residues from aluminium recycling

Extract of a presentation by Dr Heribert Summer (AluMonte GmbH, Austria). When remelting used aluminium scrap, a flux comprising a mixture of 90% sodium chloride and 10% sodium fluoride is usually used, in quantities between 3-70%. The aluminium scrap is added to the molten flux in such a way that the flux combines with the impurities in the melt

Northern Italy and its strong aluminium industry

Italy is the world’s largest user of aluminium after USA, Japan, People’s Republic of China and Germany. The aluminium market is concentrated almost exclusively in the north of the country and extends the 400 km from Venice to Turin as well as the northwest–southeast axis between Como and Rimini, a distance of some 500 km (see figure or this map

Bright prospects for the aluminium- and automotive industry

It is no secret that aluminium is used in vehicle constructions to reduce the weight of people’s set of wheels. Nor is the fact that Audi has set a benchmark with its Alu-Space-Frame (ASF). The new A8 weighs 40 percent less compared to a classic steel auto body and is considered a real lightweight in the high end segment. Despite a mass of two

Recycling of aluminium - a disussion of approaches

The aluminium bodywork of the new Jaguar XJ consists of 45-50% recycled material. And the aim is to increase this proportion. In a project supported by the UK government, Jaguar Land Rover is seeking to increase the recycled metal content (RMC) to 75%. Aluminium scrap is in demand These days when the aim is to employ as much "used material" as

Aluminium-oxide nanopore sensor

The nanopore sensor which is made from aluminium-oxide could eventually prove capable of performing DNA analysis with a single molecule, offering vast possibilities for personalised medicine and advanced diagnostics, the scientists say. According to Rashid Bashir, Professor of electrical and computer engineering and bio-engineering and the

Melting and casting: Die Casting - Solutions for Ductile Die Casting

The thermal treatment of die cast parts still represents a good option for manufacture of cast parts with high mechanical strength. However, the manufacture of die cast materials suitable for thermal treatment requires special die casting measures. Through use of the “SST” brief thermal treatment process, the process-related disadvantages of

Sand casting in car manufacturing

Casting – for many an old and antiquated manufacturing process. Old yes, but outdated? That may be so at first sight, but the reality is different. Indeed, the world’s oldest manufacturing process still has some surprises in store. Take sand casting, for instance. For a long time, sand casting aluminium was a niche application with respect to

Welding of aluminium die casting parts in research, development and practice

Die cast components can be welded “Welding die cast products? Impossible!” This view is difficult to shift – even among experts. And even in recent industry publications, it’s not uncommon to read that welding and heat treating die cast products is generally unfeasible due to the formation of pores and bubbles. The latest applications, for