Turbulence as oil price war dislocates markets
The fall in oil price has been more abrupt and precipitous than anyone could foresee. Lower prices are good for industry and consumers, but the market does not like surprises, good or bad, and there is no denying that the unexpected fall has caused widespread dislocation. This article examines the strange new oil and gas landscape and asks what has changed fundamentally and how suppliers can best position themselves.
Flow Control Exchange rocks Rio!
On 3 & 4 March the inaugural Flow Control Exchange Conference & Exhibition kicked off in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. With a focus on PVF the conference brought together experts from around the world to exchange knowledge and experience, whilst the exhibition showcased products and services from the valve and CRA industries. Take a look at this 4 page retrospect of this memorable event.
Almost fully recyclable components made from stainless steels
Due to the turnaround in energy policy, German nuclear power stations are slowly being decommissioned and in other countries reactors are being taken out of service. What happens to the stainless steel components following the decommissioning? Mr Uwe Arnold, expert in the area of decommissioning and component analysis at Areva, explains how stainless steel parts are handled. The company based in Erlangen has over twenty years’ experience in the decommissioning of nuclear facilities.
The Great Titanium Rush: new technologies unlock the metal’s potential
Compared to other metals, titanium is becoming cheaper to produce and fabricate. 3D printing has opened up the way to rethink the design of aircraft and aircraft parts and create more complex, better-quality parts at no extra cost. In turn, lighter, stronger parts offer immense opportunities for manufacturers. This articles examines the way the titanium, aerospace and 3D-printing sectors are reinforcing each other and how this will stimulate titanium use in other industries.
Managing Aging Plants Conference
On 3-4 March the Messe Düsseldorf was the stage for the two-day inaugural Managing Aging Plants Conference & Expo. The conference with paper sessions, plenaries and workshops on subjects including corrosion, materials selection, and risk based inspection was well attended by almost 200 enthusiastic delegates and the event will be repeated in less than two years.
Roughness measurements of stainless steel surfaces
Surface roughness is a measure of the texture of a surface. It is quantified by the vertical deviations of a real surface from its ideal form. If the deviations are great, the surface is rough, if they are small, the surface is smooth. Roughness is typically considered to be the high-frequency, short-wavelength component of a measured surface. In practice it is often necessary to know the amplitude and frequency to ensure a surface fit for purpose.
Out of this world…amazing titanium
Titanium and architecture are a match made in heaven. The high strength-to-weight ratio and various surface finishes that titanium offers enable architects to create the most wonderful structures. Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation, a Japanese company active in this field, provide some beautiful examples in this article of the application of titanium in architecture.
We often feature articles on items for the demanding oil & gas and petrochemical industries which tend to demand large and robust equipment and products, but small items are also important to the stainless steel industry. The art of miniaturization and the applications of tiny yet vital stainless items are both fascinating and wondrous. Take a look at some remarkable examples of small stainless steel items that you may not know about.