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The August 2015 issue of Stainless Steel World contains among other articles:
COVER STORY: Outokumpu: A synonym for innovation, knowledge and experience
Since its foundation a century ago, Outokumpu has evolved from a local mining enterprise to a global leader in stainless steels. Today the company stands at the forefront of innovation in the stainless steel industry, constantly striving to improve existing materials and develop new ones. Stainless Steel World recently spoke to Mr. Claes Sörebo, Product Manager for Outokumpu’s high-alloyed special grades, not only to learn about the latest  additions to the company’s ever-growing product portfolio, but also to gain an interesting insight into their approach to achieving maximum customer satisfaction and benefit.

SAF 2507 – the first alloy to be optimized by computational science
Jan-Olof Nilsson worked for Sandvik for over 35 years as a materials expert and was Adjunct Professor  of Physics at Chalmers University of Technology for 9 years. He is now an independent consultant specialized in duplex. He is a guest blogger on where you can read blogs and join discussions about duplex. Jan-Olof can be contacted at:

Full-supply risers destined for North Sea
For a recently completed project for full-supply risers completed for Aquaterra Energy, the ends of the flanges were inlaid with an extremely hard, corrosion resistant Inconel 625 alloy. Now in place offshore, the risers are proving to be working reliably in the North Sea

Back on track: nuclear power emerges from its post-Fukushima blues
For a while, the earthquake-induced nuclear accidents in Japan in 2011 put a dent on the development of nuclear power. However, following a period when several countries carried out reassessments and national safety reviews, output has increased and delayed projects are being resumed. Research is flourishing and many technologies are being developed to make nuclear power safer. Good news for suppliers of special materials and equipment.

The last defence against corrosion: Alloy 945 & 945X
Incoloy® Alloy 945 and 945X are relatively new alloys in the pantheon of nickel alloy materials available in the market. This incredibly strong, age-hardenable nickel-iron-chromium alloy is the latest defence in the battle against corrosion.

Materials challenges in oil & gas exploitation 
National Oilwell Varco (NOV) is a vast organisation covering almost every aspect of oil and gas drilling and production activities onshore and offshore for both surface and subsea activities. With more than 60,000 employees in 69 countries, NOV has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field of specifying and using stainless steel and other corrosion resistant alloys. Stainless Steel World spoke to two members of the NOV Completion and Production Solutions team to learn about the impact of low oil prices on business and some of the challenges that must be overcome through material selection in this demanding application.

50 year evaluation of St. Louis’ Gateway Arch
Stainless steel’s corrosion resistance made it a natural choice to achieve the desired longevity and aesthetic requirements to the exterior of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, USA. While celebrated for its elegant symbolism and amazing size, many people do not realize that it was also visionary and innovative as the world’s first large structural application for stainless steel.

Duplex families and applications: a review
Part 1: From Duplex Pioneers up to 1991
This two-part article by Jacques Charles summarizes a review paper devoted to the key developments and main applications of duplex stainless steels presented at Duplex World Seminar & Summit 2014. Part 1 looks at the early ages and developments up to 1991.

ACHEMA ends on a high note
ACHEMA 2015, held 15 – 19 June, welcomed over 166,000 participants and a record number of exhibitors from the chemical, pharma and food industries.

Maximizing belt life performance & production in powdered metal sintering operations
Woven wire mesh belts are an ongoing cost associated with the operation of a continuous powdered metal sintering furnace. The life of a T314 stainless steel belt operating in one of these units is typically measured in months. A pretreatment to extend the belt life had been developed and tested and initial results have demonstrated a 25% increase in belt life and reduction in downtime.

TIG welding proves productivity
Following the success of its welding Symposium two months earlier, Polysoude hosted Open Days on 23rd and 25th June. With over 200 attendees, workshops and demonstrations highlighted the surprising scale of TIG applications for welding, cladding and buttering.

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