High Boron Cast Iron: Part One

Boride emerged as a good alloying option for iron based alloys to help improve toughness and specifically help in applications where wear resistance is important.
The addition of boron causes martensite transformation to a mixed state with austenite and this provides the platform for improved overall toughness in the material. Continue reading

Dispersion Strengthened Copper Alloys: Part Two

Coppers range of advantageous characteristics a quite well known including high electrical and thermal conductivity, excellent corrosion resistance to name but a few.
Dispersion strengthened coppers add the advantage of higher strengths which means they can be used for a range or applications such as welding consumables. Continue reading

Introduction to Additive Manufacturing: Part Two

Additive manufacturing is a relatively recent manufacturing method which has become a key area of interest in multiple industrial sectors.
As the application and growth of AM occurs, several systems to classify the AM processes have developed, including one proposed by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) F42 Committee. Continue reading

Hardfacing Non-Ferrous Alloys

The prime function of Hardfacing materials is to protect a component or other material against the forces of wear.
Most hardfacing alloys are iron, nickel, or cobalt-base and can be used in a variety of forms including powder, solid welding rods or wires and tubular rods or wires. Continue reading

Dispersion Strengthened Copper (DSC) Alloys: Part One

Dispersion strengthening of any material is done with the aim to create a composite of superior physical properties via the dispersion of oxide particles in the metallic matrix.
High energy ball milling provides a repetitive fracture/weld method to achieve a homogeneous dispersoid distribution. Continue reading

Plasma Nitriding of Steels: Part One

Plasma nitriding improves the wear resistance of a material by effectively altering the surface microstructure while maintaining adequate substrate properties.
Nitriding occurs when a bias voltage is applied to the work piece causing ions to collide with the surface and consequently creating the nitride effect. Continue reading

The Low Superheat Casting (LSC) Process

Low superheat casting is similar to the better known SSM technique which can be applied primarily to produce billets with a low cost advantage.
In the LSC process, the alloy is rapidly solidified and cast with a low pouring temperature which is typically just above the liquidus temperature. Continue reading

Introduction to Additive Manufacturing: Part One

Additive manufacturing is a relatively recent manufacturing method which has become a key area of interest in multiple industrial sectors.
Deriving from CAD models the process can be used to create solid yet highly complex parts and pushes towards a tool-less manufacturing environment meaning improved quality and better efficiency in many cases. Continue reading

Cu-MgO Composites

Metal matrix composites reinforced with ceramic particles can be interesting for a range of applications due to their strength performance at high temperatures and a relatively low thermal expansion potential.
Manufacturing of Cu-MgO composites critically requires that the raw materials have a very high level of purity (99.5-99.9%) to achieve the desired manufacturing results. Continue reading

The Vacuum Die Casting (VDC) Process: Part One

Vacuum die casted materials have many applications in the automotive industry as well as a number of other commercial industrial sectors.
The main benefits of VDC as opposed to other more traditional methods of casting include a higher quality surface finish, improved mechanical properties and an overall better finished product stability. Continue reading