Innovation

Alcoa and Rio Tinto Announce Breakthrough Carbon-Free Aluminium Smelting Process

Alcoa and Rio Tinto Announce Breakthrough Carbon-Free Aluminium Smelting Process

Calling the breakthrough “the most significant innovation in the aluminium industry in more than a century,” American smelter Alcoa Corp and Anglo-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto Group say they have developed a revolutionary new method for smelting aluminium that produces oxygen rather...

Events

European Project Develops 3D-Printing Process for Applying Aluminium Stiffeners to Aerospace Fuselage Panels

A consortium of four European organizations has developed a method for producing self-reinforced fuselage panels by applying aluminium wire to said panels via additive manufacturing. Firms Stelia Aerospace and CT Ingénierie, and École Centrale de Nantes, all of France, and Constellium of the Netherlands developed the groundbreaking method under the auspices of their research and […]

Gränges Partners with Nevada Firm on Trials of Scandium-Aluminium Alloys

Swedish rolled aluminium firm Gränges AB revealed yesterday the signing of a letter of intent with United States firm Scandium International Mining Corp. to form a partnership to explore the use of scandium-aluminium alloys in heat exchanger applications. According to Scandium International, the firm will contribute samples of scandium-aluminium alloys to Gränges, who will test […]

Rusal Mulling Industrial-Scale Production of Scandium Oxide from Red Mud

With the results of a successful pilot program in hand, Russian Federation aluminium behemoth U. C. Rusal revealed yesterday that plans are in the works to build a scandium oxide (Sc2O3) production unit at Urals Aluminium Smelter (UAZ). Rusal says the results from a series of test programs over the past several years proving up […]

EGA Partners With Belgian Firm to Investigate Reuse of Bauxite Residue

UAE’s Emirates Global Aluminium PJSC (EGA) announced yesterday that the firm has come to an agreement with Belgian research and technology organization Vlaamse Instelling voor Technologisch Onderzoek (VITO) to explore the possibility of repurposing bauxite residue for use in a variety of construction materials. According to the firm, EGA and VITO, in cooperation with experts […]

Russian Researchers Design World’s First All-Aluminium Aircraft Engine

Researchers at a university in the Russian Federation have developed the world’s first all-aluminium aircraft engine. Russian news agency TASS reported last week that the breakthrough at Novosibirsk State Technical University in southwest Siberia. According to the Novosibirsk Region Ministry of Education, this design is the first to utilize aluminium in even heavily-stressed components. “The […]