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Category Archive: Construction

  1. New Microscope Is So Powerful It Might Revolutionize Quantum Science

    Jul
    08
    2020

    In a big breakthrough, scientists have successfully made quantum microscope that can directly observe light trapped inside a photonic crystal. This research opens up a new realm of possibility for quantum scientists It was conducted using ultrafast transmission electron microscope at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, a public research university in Haifa, Israel. […]

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  2. How to Calculate Metal Weight

    Jun
    26
    2020

    Calculating the weight of a said alloy is very important in engineering, as it directly affects the performance of the material. The weight of a single piece of alloy with the same dimensions can vary greatly even in materials that have similar properties. That is because alloys are composed of many different elements, each having […]

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  3. Hydrogen-Heated Steel Proved to be Feasible in Ovako Testing

    May
    12
    2020

    Ovako has tested out a novel method of heating metal alloy to 1200 degrees Celsius, using hydrogen instead of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). Ovako is a Stockholm-based steel-producing giant with billions of USD in annual revenue, ten production sites spread across the world, and over three thousand employees. For the conduction of the hydrogen heating […]

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  4. Aerospace Composite Parts, Without the Autoclave

    Apr
    10
    2020

    When you talk about the new aerospace composite parts, engineers usually put layers of carbon composite woven over one another, and they bake this with pressure in a vacuum to create layers as one light and the robust aerospace composite part. These techniques have been around for many years now, and MIT researchers are trying […]

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  5. What Exactly is a “Ferrous Metal” and Which Metals are Ferrous?

    Apr
    06
    2020

    All alloy metals that contain iron in the +2 oxidation state (Fe2+) are called “ferrous”. In practice, “ferric” metals that contain the iron oxide Fe3+ also fall under the same category. The word “ferrous” derives from the Latin “ferreus” which means iron, so the connection is pretty obvious. Common alloy metals of this kind are […]

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  6. What is the Use of Welding Clamps and Welding Magnets?

    Apr
    02
    2020

    Welding is a key technical fabrication process that is done in accordance with specific methods. All in all, the goal is to achieve maximum quality and life expectancy, as well as to ensure that safety is never compromised. For this reason, technicians are using aiding tools such as clamps or adjustment magnets that help them […]

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  7. Powder Metallurgy Steel Making

    Mar
    16
    2020

    Conventional steelmaking using electric-arc furnaces and decarburization is still very common. However, the internal structure of the cast ingots made with this process isn’t uniform, which negatively affects the qualities of the steel. Sure, a hot method can be used on the ingots to break up the segregated structure, but the structure still won’t be […]

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  8. What is Metal Extrusion?

    Mar
    12
    2020

    Metal extrusion is a process used to create longer objects with a fixed profile by pushing a cylindrical billet inside a closed cavity. The end product is called an extrudate and can have several desired characteristics and qualities. The metal extrusion process was patented by Joseph Bramah and is regularly used to create parts from […]

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  9. NASA Plans to Mine the Moon and Calls the Expert to Help Them

    Feb
    25
    2020

    NASA wants to establish a permanent base on the Moon, and they need Caterpillar to help them with the mining operations. The two have a long record of successful collaborations, but this time we’re not talking about developing robotic drills for taking soil samples, but for the actual excavation and mining of the lunar surface. […]

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  10. What is Seamless Tubing?

    Jan
    28
    2020

    Seamless tubes are tubes without welding seams, which makes them stronger and more reliable than welded tubes. However, due to the complex process of production of seamless tubes, they are also more expensive. Seamless tubing is completely welding-free – the pipes are produced using extrusion and connected via threads. Seamless tubing is mostly used in […]

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  11. What is Pipe Schedule?

    Jan
    14
    2020

    Pipe Schedule (SCH) is a standard that measures the nominal wall thickness of a pipe, given by the ANSI / ASME B36.10M standard for Stainless Steel Pipe dimensions, and API 5L standard for seamless and welded steel pipes. The pipe schedule number is non-dimensional and depends on the nominal pipe size, internal pipe working pressure, […]

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  12. The Las Vegas Boring Company Tunnel to be Operational by Q1 2020

    Jan
    07
    2020

    Elon Musk, the founder of ‘The Boring Company’, has stated on Twitter that he is very confident about the progress of the Las Vegas project. As he said, he expects the first tunnel to be completed and fully operational by March 2020, serving as a demonstration of what these underground systems can do for large […]

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  13. Hyperloops for Freight Wagons

    Dec
    13
    2019

    London-based startup “Magway”, suggests a new kind of a hyperloop transportation system that will help move various goods around on freight wagons. The concept involves the deployment of linear motors that would propel the pods over a network of pipes that would extend to cover most of the nation. The delivery crates would allegedly reach […]

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  14. What is “Nominal Pipe Size”?

    Dec
    05
    2019

    You’ve probably encountered the abbreviation NPS previously on our or similar websites. It means “Nominal Pipe Size,” and it is the North American standard for measuring pipe sizes used for various pressures and temperatures. The NPS standard is widely accepted in the USA, but some things have to be observed correctly in order to find […]

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  15. UK Government Decides to Ban Gas Fracking in the Island

    Nov
    26
    2019

    The UK government has decided that the risk of gas fracking is too unpredictable to accept any more, and so they have announced the ban of the controversial well stimulation technique. Officially, the decision was based on the findings of a report by the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA). The report concludes that it is […]

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  16. The World of Welding: Types of Welding Processes

    Oct
    25
    2019

    The definition of welding is the process of fusing materials by applying heat and pressure to the materials being combined. Today, many welding processes are automated, but it’s still important to understand the differences between welding techniques in order to pick the right welding technique for the job. Some main fields of welding are grouped below: Boilermakers […]

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  17. Metal Heat Distortion

    Oct
    18
    2019

    Applying heat to metals can make them easier to forge, machine, weld, and fabricate. However, this also brings some issues with it, metals expand when heated, which makes the whole fabrication process more demanding. Luckily, every alloy comes with a predetermined coefficient of thermal expansion. This coefficient shows how much a given alloy will expand […]

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  18. Machinability of Metals

    Oct
    09
    2019

    We often mention that said metal is “easy to machine” or “difficult to machine” on our alloy pages, but what is machinability really? To answer that question, we need to first talk about machining and why it’s essential in almost every industry that uses alloys. Machining is the process of removal of raw material, in […]

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  19. 5 Tallest Buildings in The World

    Sep
    09
    2019

    With the rapid advancements in computer software, architectural designs have reached new heights. With the development of new building materials and building technics, the imagination of architects seems to kick into a higher gear. These feat of engineering marvels can be seen by looking at the 5 tallest buildings in the world. 1. Burj Khalifa […]

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