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Category Archive: Construction

  1. Can Corrosion on Metals Actually Increase Durability?

    Oct
    18
    2021

    Rust is a sign of reaction taking place on the surface of metals, and usually, it is invasive and corrosive, so engineers intervene to stop it from eating and etching the metal. That is except for the protective film that is formed on some types of steel, used predominately in construction. But what happens with […]

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  2. China’s Steel Production Dips and Sends Ripples Across the World

    Oct
    06
    2021

    China’s steelmakers are shutting down their mills due to power rationing that was introduced by the government as a measure to mitigate power-cut problems. The Asian superpower has been having trouble balancing electric power supply and demand lately, and some provinces have experienced highly disruptive outages. This hasn’t left steel production unaffected, and considering that […]

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  3. Researchers Created a Novel “Tube-in-Tube” Heat Exchanger Model

    Sep
    21
    2021

    Researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign have used recent technology advancements to explore the new possibilities in the field of heat exchange, and the published results were vindicating. The team used metal 3D printing to build an ultra-compact unit that follows the “tube-in-tube” approach, and with massive optimizations on all possible points, they derived […]

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  4. Novel Dual-Phase Alloy Is Promising Extreme Resistance to Fractures

    Aug
    28
    2021

    An international team of researchers has created a novel dual-phase alloy that is extremely resistant to fracturing, thus making it ideal for deployment in a wide range of critical applications. Moreover, its discovery opens up the way to developing similar focused-purpose alloys that could feature other, equally impressive physical characteristics and mechanical properties. The new […]

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  5. Machine Learning AI Is Used for the First Time to Predict Stainless Steel Behavior in Fittings

    Aug
    26
    2021

    Researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign became the first ever to deploy machine learning AI tools to evaluate the performance and behavior of different batches of stainless steel material under any circumstance. Not all stainless steel pieces are made equal, and when it comes to extreme applications, even the tiniest disparities in molecular structure […]

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  6. EV Garage in Sweden Gets Colorful Aerated Facade Made of PV Panels

    Aug
    20
    2021

    The Stockholm-based solar energy expert ‘Soltech Energy’ has completed yet another impressive project, building a facade in a garage in Sweden which hosts 300 EV charging points. The facade consists of 1,096 photovoltaic (PV) panels which are colorful and make up for a decorative result close to the style of Viola Gråsten. The installation of […]

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  7. 10 Facts About the Nickel Element

    May
    03
    2021

    Nickel (NI) is among the most abundant materials on Earth. It’s also among the most widely used material on the planet. Most nickel is located in the planet’s core, more than 1800 miles beneath the Earth’s crust. A silvery-white material with a slight gold tinge, nickel has a relative atomic mass of 58.69, a density of 8.9g […]

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  8. Inconel Alloys VS Stainless Steel: Which is Stronger?

    Apr
    28
    2021

    Are Inconel alloys stronger than stainless steel? That’s a frequently asked question. Which alloy is stronger depends on how one defines the word “stronger.” Unfortunately, there are several ways to measure a material’s strength. You can measure strength by a material’s tensile strength, yield strength, hardness, or compressive strength. A material’s strength also depends on […]

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  9. What Is The Difference Between Inconel and Incoloy?

    Apr
    15
    2021

    Choosing a suitable alloy for an industrial application is challenging. No doubt about it. You must find the right balance of characteristics and properties to arrive at an alloy that’s ideal for your production process, application need, and available budget. Choosing between Inconel® or Incoloy® alloys is especially challenging. The trick is finding a suitable […]

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  10. What Metals Don’t Rust or Corrode

    Nov
    04
    2020

    Rust and corrosion are some of the biggest enemies of metals. These deficiencies can lower the strength of the part over time, and in some circumstances, become a safety issue. There is a difference between rust and corrosion, though. Rust is generally used to describe the oxidation of iron and iron-based alloys only. Usually, rust […]

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  11. Which Metals Conduct Heat the Best/Fastest

    Oct
    27
    2020

    Thermal conductivity is a crucial quality of metals since it measures the amount and speed of heat the material can displace. This quality is especially important in high-temperature environments. Extremely high temperatures can change the properties of any metal, usually reducing the strength. Therefore, conducting the heat quicker can significantly reduce the stress on the […]

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  12. Kinds of Tube Drawing

    Oct
    01
    2020

    Tubes are an integral part of the modern world. Its use is diverse – apart from the transfer of liquid and gas, tubes are used for structural purposes. Thus, tubing finds use in various industries, including construction, aircraft, oil, gas, and petrochemical, automotive, chemical, water treatment, sanitary systems, medical, pharmaceutical, etc. This variety also necessitates […]

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  13. How to Protect Tank Farms for Catastrophic Corrosion

    Sep
    14
    2020

    Tank farms are often called to withstand harsh weather conditions as they are exposed to the elements of nature, be it sun, rain, frost, and sand particles hitting their walls with speeds as wind blows on them. It’s only a matter of time before corrosion takes its toll on the vessels, and tank farm operators […]

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  14. Transparent Solar Panels for Windows Hit Record Efficiency

    Sep
    10
    2020

    Researchers from the University of Michigan recently achieved an efficiency record for transparent solar cells. This innovation could pave the way for skyscraper windows to serve as power sources. Researchers used an organic, carbon-based design of solar panels that led to this incredible breakthrough. They broke the previous efficiency record and hit the all-time high of […]

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  15. Japan’s Bullet Train That Can Run During an Earthquake

    Aug
    17
    2020

    Japan’s latest Shinkansen bullet train model, the N700S series,  has come into service. Large number of fans celebrated its debut, despite COVID-19 restrictions. The N700S S in the name of N700S series stands for “supreme”. The new model runs faster, smoother and is equipped with upgraded cabin features. Not only that, it is also designed […]

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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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