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The October 2017 issue of Stainless Steel World contains among other articles:

- COVER STORY

Energy Metals Inc.: The master distributor offering world-class products and service

Energy Metals Inc. (EMI), located in Houston, Texas, is a master distributor of specialty stainless and high-grade nickel alloys. Mike Priesmeyer, Executive Vice President of Procurement, and John Drewry, Vice President of Sales, founded the company in 2004 when they recognized an opportunity to offer better service and shorter lead times than the larger distributors. In 2010, EMI was purchased by Texas Pipe & Supply (Texas Pipe), one of the largest distributors of carbon and stainless steel pipe. It has been a mutually beneficial partnership for both companies as Texas Pipe has invested in EMI allowing it to flourish and run independently as a master distributor.

Customers can choose from a large selection of materials, grades and sizes as EMI offers a large inventory of high temperature and high corrosion pipe, fittings and flanges. A highly experienced team located both in the USA and overseas, is also on hand to assist customers around the globe with all their product needs. Stainless Steel World had the pleasure of speaking with Mr. Dennis Fikes, President of Energy Metals, about the company’s recent achievements, its enormous inventory and the many ways it supports global clients.


- COLUMN

Precipitation hardened stainless steels

The sixth article in a series throughout 2017 on the topic of the seven families of stainless steels; their characteristics, complementary properties and the wide variety of applications, from the smallest of items for the human body to large scale constructions for use in the process industry. This month focuses on precipitation hardened stainless steels.



- LNG

Global gas: LNG comes in from the cold

In the last four years, after a brief period of lacklustre growth, LNG has made a dramatic come-back. The market has gone global, thanks largely to the fact that the United States has started to export its shale gas in liquefied form. For environmental reasons gas, with its relatively low emissions, is gaining market share from petroleum and coal. LNG is also in increasing demand for transport of heavy vehicles and ships because it is a more environmentally friendly fuel than diesel. Orders for all types of floating terminals and for LNG containers are sky-rocketing. The increased production of liquefied gas and the growing number of applications in power stations, transport and industry bode well for the industry and its suppliers.


- MEETING POINT

Stainless Steel World Jubilee 10th Edition

The Stainless Steel World Conference & Expo 2017. All the up to date information relating to the Exhibition and the Conference, Preliminary Timetable and more. If you haven’t registered yet, you can use the form included in these pages.



- END USER INTERVIEW

Working with CRAs in the subsea, offshore, and onshore industries, An interview with Dr. Qiang Zeng, Materials Expert, TechnipFMC

FMC Technologies and Technip came together in January 2017 to form TechnipFMC, a company dedicated to improving the performance of the world’s energy industry. A global leader in oil and gas projects, technologies, systems and services, TechnipFMC is divided into three business segments: subsea, onshore/offshore, and surface. The company employs more than 40,000 people across 48 countries. During a recent trip to Houston, Stainless Steel World Americas spoke with Dr. Qiang Zeng, a Materials Expert at TechnipFMC’s Houston headquarters. Dr. Zeng described his role with the company, some of his recent projects, and the types of stainless steel and corrosion resistant alloys he has worked with over the years.


- NICKEL

Sustainable green chemicals through innovative biotechnology

Succinic acid is a dicarbocylic acid with the chemical formula (CH2)2(CO2H)2. The name derives from Latin succinum, meaning amber. Nickel-containing stainless steel is playing an essential role in the production of innovative ‘green’ succinic acid which is highly corrosive to low alloy and carbon steel.

Nickel part of the solution to combat climate change

Global warming is one major challenge facing the world today. Nickel and nickel alloys play a crucial role in the production of renewable energy, enabling clean power to be a central part of our efforts to tackle global warming.

Perfecting the purity of nickel products

The parts per million range quantity of trace elements has a tremendous influence on the properties of otherwise pure metals which is also true for nickel. The norm for the purest nickel grade – Ni 270 – was established decades ago for vacuum tube parts. Since then it has become possible to reduce the content of trace elements in nickel drastically. For measurement and control devices, specific properties and their stability over time and different production lots is decisive. Both can be achieved by a strict limitation of trace elements. 


- DESIGN

Realizing large scale stainless sculptures

Stainless steel is increasingly popular for large scale sculptures and public installations around the world. Companies that specialize in the creation of such pieces are both pioneers in the techniques required and promoters of this versatile material. Sino Sculpture is one such company that was created to produce works almost exclusively in stainless steels.


- ENGINEERING

Rare radial steam turbine rejuvenated, Precision reverse engineering resolves vibration issues

Overhauling a steam turbine as part of a planned maintenance schedule is a regular task for many large-scale industrial enterprises that depend on these units to generate electrical power. However, for one pulp manufacturing plant in Eastern Canada, the refurbishment of its 25 MW Stal Laval radial steam turbine required expert engineering to resolve the vibration issue – the first time this repair has been completed in North America.


- WELDING

Shielding gas & purging techniques during welding, Part 1: The importance of gas control on weld quality

Some form of gas protection is necessary during welding of many metals, in particular stainless steels and titanium alloys, to maintain their physical properties and prevent reduction in corrosion resistance. In this four part series Dr. Mike Fletcher sets out to cover all related topics including gas selection and purging equipment.