Aluminum Extrusions and the 2015 Ford F-150

In this Aluminum Channel™ exclusive interview with Dr. Bruno Barthelemy, Ford Motor Company’s chief engineer for Body Closures and Structures, viewers learn about the critical structural role aluminum extrusions play in the performance of the 2015 F-150 Pickup Truck. Dr. Barthelemy describes the enhanced customer benefits derived from the extensive use of aluminum on this legendary pickup truck. The all-aluminum body structure and box are proven to provide better towing and load carrying capability, along with better handling, acceleration, and fuel economy.

Our Annual Extrusion Issue Launched – Dynamic Environment for N.A. Extruders

April 2015 Cover - featured image

The April 2015 issue of Light Metal Age is now available! The digital edition has been released to subscribers and the print edition will be shipped next week.

On the cover: Collaboration between Litelab Corporation and Almag Aluminum of Brampton, ON, Canada, yielded this highly engineered heatsink for a high-powered LED. Designed to handle thermal loads over 40 W without forced convection, this fixture is capable of producing 5,000 lumens. The complex extrusion shown in both clear and black anodized utilizes a tailored alloy, serrated cooling fins, and enhanced geometry to achieve optimal heat dissipation.

Feature Articles include:

  • Sierra Aluminum Ensures Its Continuity with New Press Line, by Andrea Svendsen
  • The Sutton MK-V Extrusion Press Debut: SMS Group Celebrates Sutton’s 100th Anniversary, by Joseph C. Benedyk
  • Sapa R&D Propels Extrusion Innovation: New Research Lab to Open Near Detroit
  • Light and Weather Fast Adsorptive Dyeing of Anodized Aluminum, by Thomas Heber
  • Arabal 2014: Part II – The Aluminum Market at a Crossroads, by Andrew Hall
  • Defects Affecting Extruded Surface – Longitudinal Weld, by Jerome Fourmann
  • 2015 Specification for Aluminum Structures, by Randy Kissell
  • How Extrusion Technology (ET) Events Drive Improvements in the Extrusion Industry, by Craig R. Werner
  • Aluminum Company of Canada Awarded Historic Landmark Status
  • Aluminum Extruders Reaching New Heights

Editorial departments include two Spotlight articles, including:

  • HyperXtrude 2015 Brings Extrusion Simulation to the Shop Floor, Altair
  • Environmentally Friendly Melt Treatment for Aluminum Smelters – The Chlorine-Free Casthouse, Hycast

The issue includes a book review on 2015 Automotive Aluminum Joining Manual, published by the Aluminum Association and coverage of Extruder News, as well as the Directory of Aluminum Extrusion Equipment Manufacturers & Suppliers.

If you would like to receive a copy of the April 2015 issue, as well as future issues of Light Metal Age, subscribe online today!


The Ingenious Design of the Aluminum Beverage Can

Bill Hammack from Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Illinois, details the engineering choices underlying the design of a beverage can. He explains why it is cylindrical, outlines the manufacturing steps needed to created the can, notes why the can narrows near it lid, shows close ups of the double-seam that hold the lid on, and details the complex operation of the tab that opens the can.

Online Exclusive: Trends in Aluminum, Magnesium, and Titanium Discussed in South Africa

The Advanced Metals Initiative (AMI) Light Metals Conference 2014 was held in October 2014 in South Africa, bringing together researchers, government, and industry players for a Bushveld Lekgotla* that sought to share, debate, and deliberate on the latest trends, research, and innovative solutions in the field of light metals. The conference was hosted by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).

Light Metal Age has made available an online exclusive article reviewing the proceedings of the AMI Light Metals Conference.

Click here to view article pdf.

Note: Light Metals Technology 2015 will be held July 27-29 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

*Bushveld Lekgotla: A “bushveld” is a veld of South Africa with abundant shrubs and thorny vegetation. A “lekgotla” is a meeting place.

Students Invited to Enter the 2015 Aluminum Extrusion Student Design Competition

The ET Foundation, the educational and scientific organization devoted to promoting and advancing aluminum extrusion processes and technologies, and Bonnell Aluminum are seeking entries for the 2015 International Aluminum Extrusion Student Design Competition.  Scholarships in the form of cash awards will be presented to the top designs.  Bonnell Aluminum will be the sole sponsor for the cash awards, totaling $8,500. This is the first year Bonnell Aluminum is sponsoring the Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition.

The aim of the competition is to promote the understanding and use of extruded aluminum profiles, as well as highlight innovations and recognize excellence in aluminum extrusion design.  Students studying design and engineering at universities, colleges, and schools around the world are invited to participate.  Entry in the competition is free and judging will take place following the entry deadline.

Entries for the 2015 Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition are due no later than Monday, March 30, 2015.

2014 First Place Winner – A solar powered charging unit designed by Adam Dowbnia, Purdue University

2014 First Place Winner – A solar powered charging unit designed by Adam Dowbnia, Purdue University

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LME Roundup – New Warehouse Rules Receive Comments from Alcoa and UC Rusal

January 1 –LME to raise rental charges to offset the fast load-out rates,” Al Circle

January 7 –LME warehouses divided on new rules,” American Metal Market

January 7 –COLUMN-New year, same old warehouse problems for London Metal Exchange,” by Andy Home, Reuters

The core underlying problem remains the yawning gulf between the cost of storing metal in exchange warehouses and storing it anywhere else. It is the reason why so much metal is still waiting to leave the LME system. And that problem, like the queues, is set to get worse, judging by the increases in rent and load-out charges that will kick in from the start of April.

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