This is all the more remarkable in view of the economic restrictions to which the related industries might be exposed currently.
A particular focus is put on wrought Magnesium alloys that will be of increased significance in future developments. Further strategic challenges for the extended use of magnesium materials refer to their corrosion behaviour and hence the development of reliable surface coatings.
Limiting the emission of green house gases as well as the reduction of fuel consumption are urgent topics that need to be solved in the near future especially in transportation industries. Besides more efficient processes and smart design, the use of light weight materials is one way to address these problems. Despite the fact that there is always a competition among various material groups such as light metals, steels and polymers for a use in relevant light-weight structures depending on economical aspects, materials and component requirements, magnesium alloys still offer a promising potential. With regard to their intrinsic characteristics like low density, promising mechanical properties and their high recyclability, magnesium alloys found more implementations in relevant applications. A further increase in its use is expected.
For more than fifteen years increasing activities in research and applications have been observed all over the world. This led to the development of new alloys and their use in interior, structure and the power train of automobiles. Moreover, magnesium wrought alloys are finding more applications in 3C industries. New alloys and optimised processes are also creating new ideas and stimulating competition for advanced developments to substitute traditional materials. The implementation of new cast alloys and the increased use of wrought alloys are clear indications for the sustainable research and development of the past. Nevertheless, high pressure die casting is still the predominant technology to manufacture components. In recent years, the interest in advanced casting processes using semi solid technologies like thixomolding and rheo-casting has increased. New available equipment opens a broader use of this technology promising improved mechanical properties of magnesium cast products. The use of wrought alloys is still limited due to a lack of knowledge on the improvement of the property profile of wrought alloys.
Still there is a limitation of the availability of economical processes and alloys for the universal use for extrusions, sheets and forgings. But with regard to new developments in alloys and processes like continuous casting and strip or twin-roller casting new opportunities for the enhanced use of wrought alloys will open. In addition solutions to improve the corrosion behaviour and surface properties of magnesium alloys were found.
The optimisation of the primary magnesium production and development of secondary recycling alloys will lead to a sustainable growth in magnesium use in respect to issues of the life cycle assessment of magnesium materials.
Petra von der Bey | idw
“Lasers in Composites Symposium” in Aachen – from Science to Application
19.09.2017 | Fraunhofer-Institut für Lasertechnik ILT
I-ESA 2018 – Call for Papers
12.09.2017 | Fraunhofer-Institut für Produktionsanlagen und Konstruktionstechnik IPK
Plants and algae use the enzyme Rubisco to fix carbon dioxide, removing it from the atmosphere and converting it into biomass. Algae have figured out a way to increase the efficiency of carbon fixation. They gather most of their Rubisco into a ball-shaped microcompartment called the pyrenoid, which they flood with a high local concentration of carbon dioxide. A team of scientists at Princeton University, the Carnegie Institution for Science, Stanford University and the Max Plank Institute of Biochemistry have unravelled the mysteries of how the pyrenoid is assembled. These insights can help to engineer crops that remove more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere while producing more food.
A warming planet
Our brains house extremely complex neuronal circuits, whose detailed structures are still largely unknown. This is especially true for the so-called cerebral cortex of mammals, where among other things vision, thoughts or spatial orientation are being computed. Here the rules by which nerve cells are connected to each other are only partly understood. A team of scientists around Moritz Helmstaedter at the Frankfiurt Max Planck Institute for Brain Research and Helene Schmidt (Humboldt University in Berlin) have now discovered a surprisingly precise nerve cell connectivity pattern in the part of the cerebral cortex that is responsible for orienting the individual animal or human in space.
The researchers report online in Nature (Schmidt et al., 2017. Axonal synapse sorting in medial entorhinal cortex, DOI: 10.1038/nature24005) that synapses in...
Whispering gallery mode (WGM) resonators are used to make tiny micro-lasers, sensors, switches, routers and other devices. These tiny structures rely on a...
Using ultrafast flashes of laser and x-ray radiation, scientists at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics (Garching, Germany) took snapshots of the briefest electron motion inside a solid material to date. The electron motion lasted only 750 billionths of the billionth of a second before it fainted, setting a new record of human capability to capture ultrafast processes inside solids!
When x-rays shine onto solid materials or large molecules, an electron is pushed away from its original place near the nucleus of the atom, leaving a hole...
For the first time, physicists have successfully imaged spiral magnetic ordering in a multiferroic material. These materials are considered highly promising candidates for future data storage media. The researchers were able to prove their findings using unique quantum sensors that were developed at Basel University and that can analyze electromagnetic fields on the nanometer scale. The results – obtained by scientists from the University of Basel’s Department of Physics, the Swiss Nanoscience Institute, the University of Montpellier and several laboratories from University Paris-Saclay – were recently published in the journal Nature.
Multiferroics are materials that simultaneously react to electric and magnetic fields. These two properties are rarely found together, and their combined...
19.09.2017 | Event News
12.09.2017 | Event News
06.09.2017 | Event News
22.09.2017 | Life Sciences
22.09.2017 | Medical Engineering
22.09.2017 | Physics and Astronomy