Tuesday, April 8, 2014Innovative Aluminum Solutions
Photo: Niraj Patel, Jerri McMichael and Frank Dicocco discuss innovative aluminum solutions at the Alcoa Defense booth at 2014 Sea Air Space Exposition.
From design to materials and assembly, Alcoa has the unmatched integration and range of technologies that Defense customers demand.
We work with Defense partners to develop new technologies and innovations that are focused on making platforms more efficient, reliable and cost-effective to operate over the increasingly extended life cycle of today's military platforms. The capabilities we are developing continue to reduce the cost and weight of structures and deliver efficiencies.
Read more at www.alcoadefense.com
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| TrackbackMonolithic JSF Bulkhead
Photo: Alcoa Defense Marketing Manager Adam Cotton explains the proven weight savings of Alcoa's monolithic JSF Bulkhead, shown half scale. Photo taken at Alcoa Defense booth at 2014 Sea Air Space Exposition.
Alcoa partnered with Lockheed Martin to design and manufacture all the large aluminum and titanium structural die forgings for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The forgings include 15 large bulkheads – the primary structural support for the wing and engine that can weigh from 820 to 2,700 kg and range from 10 t0 23 feet in length – and six wing box parts that serve as important components of the wingʼs skeletal structure.
Instead of using conventional, multi-piece bulkheads, Lockheed Martin achieved significant weight savings and reduced assembly time by using Alcoaʼs one-piece forgings. Alcoa further accelerated Lockheed Martinʼs production process by shipping its one-piece forgings in half the time of traditional bulkhead components.
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| TrackbackMonday, April 7, 2014Alcoa Defense value proposition on display April 7-9 at Sea Air Space
Alcoa Defense is capitalizing on the opportunity to present its affordable solutions on, over and under the sea at the 2014 Sea Air Space Exposition.
Located near the nation’s capitol in National Harbor, Maryland, the conference is sponsored by the Navy League of the United States that includes the Navy, Marines, Coast Guard and U.S.-flag Merchant Marine. It is the largest US maritime exhibition and provides an important meeting place for key military decision makers and both industrial and private sector companies that cater to the defense market.
For Dan Murphy, Senior Vice President of Business Development, the event fits perfectly with Alcoa Defense’s current position in the market and their growth objectives. “The US Navy League does an exceptional job in creating the only event that covers the entire breadth of Sea Services. We will meet with both government and industry partners at the show to discuss new opportunities to create solutions that enhance performance and further improve the manufacturing process for key programs.”
The Alcoa Defense booth will showcase an array of affordable, differentiated solutions – from our forged JSF bulkhead to the complex aluminum CH53K investment casting, as well as fully finished structures for both JHSV and LCS. A new display features our technologies used in engines on the latest LCS series.
For more information, come see us from April 7-9 at booth #2617.
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| TrackbackFriday, February 21, 2014Alcoa Defense Assists Job-Seeking Veterans with Military Translator
Alcoa Defense is premiering a new military recruiting kiosk at the AUSA Winter Symposium this week in Huntsville, Alabama. The touch screen program links prospective employees to Alcoa’s career website, where they can view compatible jobs based on rank and military occupational skill (MOS). We spoke with Kelly Bronson – Manager of Campus, Diversity and Military Recruiting – to understand why this a crucial addition to the hiring process.
“The skills you develop as a service member are truly valuable and in high demand, but describing those skills to a prospective employer can be difficult. For instance, you may have trouble communicating without using military jargon or are unsure how to bridge the cultural gap that exists between military and civilian workplaces. This is a major reason veterans hit roadblocks during the recruiting process, and why employers may dismiss a resume for not meeting the basic requirements of a certain job. You may be very well suited for the position, but if you lack the ability to articulate how your military experience translates into corporate ‘speak,’ you’ll find yourself in a frustrating situation. There are many resources available to help veterans and transitioning military members navigate these obstacles.
“Alcoa has taken steps to help our service members navigate around this issue by creating an Alcoa/Military Skills Translator. Listed on our website (www.alcoa.com/careers) under ‘United States,’ our translator will match you based on your branch of service, rank and military occupational skill/specialty code to open positions at Alcoa that align with these skills. A key piece of advice for my brothers and sisters in uniform, take the time to seek out the ‘Basic Requirements’ of every job posting you view. Your resume, at the very least, must be tailored to address these basic requirements. This is the first opportunity for the recruiter to determine if you will advance in the process. Check us out and see how your skills align with our current openings.”
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| TrackbackThursday, February 20, 2014Alcoa Defense Brings the Heat to AUSA Winter Conference & Exposition
Photo caption: Jeff Caratelli discussing Alcoa's current research on additive manufacturing.
The Alcoa booth (#1235) at the AUSA Winter Symposium boasts a new display and product sheet that demonstrates Alcoa Defense’s ever-progressing innovations in research and technical capabilities.
Alcoa Defense reps lead the way in generating conversation about progress in additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing. Located at the Alcoa Technical Center, the Research and Design team creates cost-effective designs and products that would otherwise be unachievable by traditional means. They are currently developing unique materials and alloys that maximize additive manufacturing capabilities. Always innovating, Alcoa Defense is sure to be on the cutting edge of this technology as it becomes the leading method of affordable production in the manufacturing business.
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| TrackbackWednesday, February 19, 2014Alcoa Defense Highlights Innovative Technologies and Capabilities at AUSA Winter Conference & Exposition
This week Alcoa Defense displays their impressive range of products at the Association of the United States Army’s (AUSA’s) Winter Symposium. The location this year has moved to the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, Alabama – also home to Redstone Arsenal and several important Army commands.
Although smaller than AUSA’s annual meeting (held in October in Washington, D.C.), the event will host a notable number of defense contractors and Army officials. Rick Pennycuick, Vice President of Business Development for Alcoa Defense, says they will capitalize on the opportunity to demonstrate its value proposition in the presence of key clients and Army officers. “We are very interested in meeting key senior leaders similar to previous Winter AUSA events, and look forward to meeting many new Army sustainment and program management leaders from the various organizations headquartered at Redstone Arsenal.”
The booth will display technologies and capabilities for tactical vehicle fleets and Ground Combat Systems, and highlight its Rotocraft technological capabilities. Additionally, a new display brings attention to the ongoing research of our technical team on additive manufacturing capabilities.
Pennycuick is confident that the new layout and additions to the booth will attract attention from all the right people. “Our full array of product lines and technology advancements that we will display and discuss during this show should interest a wide variety of Army leaders.”
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| TrackbackTuesday, October 22, 2013New Technology a Potential Game Changer for Strengthening Army’s Defense Against Improvised Explosive Devices
Major General H.R. McMaster, Commanding General, U.S. Army
Maneuver Center of Excellence, receives an update on the Monolithic Hull Cooperative
Development Project at the Alcoa Defense display during the annual Association of the United
States Army (AUSA) in Washington, D.C. Alcoans Sherri McCleary, Eric
Roegner and Rick Pennycuick explain the technology and benefits possible from
such large single piece aluminum forgings to ground combat vehicles.
Read Alcoa press release
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| TrackbackLatest Alcoa Armor Now Specified by U.S. Army Research Lab For Highest Strength, Troop Protection in Military Vehicles
Alcoa announced its latest armor product is now specified for use by the U.S. Army Research Lab (ARL) for use in U.S. military vehicles. Alcoa’s ArmX® 5456-H151 armor plate meets the U.S. military’s highest performance standards for strength, blast absorption, and ballistics resistance for armored combat vehicles where weldability is a material requirement. Alcoa aluminum and armor have been used by the military for decades in vehicles ranging from the Bradley Fighting Vehicle to the Humvee.
“Alcoa’s military-grade aluminum alloys and products have helped the U.S. military protect troops for generations,” said Mark Vrablec, President of Global Aerospace, Transportation and Industrial Rolled Products at Alcoa. “Alcoa’s latest innovation allows military vehicle manufacturers to continue building with the highest level of durability and troop protection through welding processes when assembling the vehicle, or performing repairs in the field.
“This new product offers more than 20 percent improvement in strength compared with the baseline 5083-H131 weldable armor plate, as well as improved ballistic and blast performance,” added Vrablec.
Alcoa’s 5456-H151 armor plate, formerly referred to as CR56, joins the family of Alcoa next-generation ArmX® brand armor solutions (click here for more). Alcoa’s ArmX® 5456-H151 armor plate was developed by scientists at the Alcoa Technical Center, the world’s largest light metals innovation and R&D center located outside Pittsburgh, Pa., in collaboration with metallurgists and production engineers at Alcoa Davenport Works, the world’s premier aerospace, defense, and automotive rolling mill. ArmX® 5456-H151 armor plate will be produced at Alcoa Davenport Works, where manufacturing and quality control testing is conducted to ensure the military’s highest specifications for weldable aluminum armor plate are met.
Alcoa’s ArmX® 5456-H151 armor was tested and has been successfully demonstrated on the U.S. Army’s Fuel Efficient Ground Vehicle Demonstrator vehicle, known as FED ALPHA, a prototype vehicle that Alcoa helped develop to demonstrate lightweight, fuel-efficient technologies while maintaining vehicle durability and troop safety (click for more information on the FED vehicle). FED ALPHA’s lightweight aluminum structure makes the vehicle up to 10 percent lighter than a comparably sized steel vehicle and reduces fuel consumption by 6-7 percent.
For information on Alcoa Defense, please visit:http://www.alcoa.com/defense
For information on Alcoa’s innovations, please visit:http://www.alcoa.com/innovation
Editor’s Note: Caption for accompanying photo: Alcoa’s newest armor alloy -- Alcoa’s ArmX® 5456-H151 armor -- is now specified for use by the U.S. Army Research Lab (ARL) for use in U.S. military vehicles. Alcoa’s ArmX 5456-H151 armor was demonstrated on the U.S. Army’s Fuel Efficient Ground Vehicle Demonstrator (FED ALPHA), shown here.
About Alcoa Defense
Alcoa Defense partners with industry leaders to design systems and materials that increase the speed, reach, agility and survivability of military platforms. In addition to delivering lightweight, innovative solutions in multiple product forms, Alcoa Defense manufactures subassemblies, prototypes and complete aluminum structures that original equipment manufacturers can integrate into their platforms for land, air and sea. More information can be found at AlcoaDefense.com.
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| TrackbackMonday, October 21, 2013Alcoa, U.S. Army to Design Stronger Hulls to Better Withstand Bombs
By Jennifer Booton
Published October 21, 2013
Aluminum maker Alcoa (AA) struck a deal with the U.S. Army on Monday to design a new hull for ground combat vehicles that can better withstand improvised explosive devices and help save soldiers' lives. [read Alcoa press release]
The New York City-based company says it will create the world’s largest single-piece aluminum hull -- rather than having multiple panels -- to protect against the growing threat of IEDs that pose a critical threat to troops operating on the ground in combat zones.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
"For decades, the Army has recognized the survivability benefits of a single-piece hull due to its thickness, size and shape for ground combat vehicles," Dr. Ernest Chin of the Army Research Laboratory said in a statement. "Our collaborative effort to develop continuous and seamless aluminum hull technology has the potential to be a game changer for how combat vehicles are designed and made to better protect our soldiers."
One hull will have significantly improved blast protection and damage resistance compared with today’s hulls that have more welded seams. It is also expected to have lower manufacturing costs thanks to its lighter weight and decreased assembly time.
The initiative, a part of the Army’s Affordable Protection form Objective Threats program, was created to improve the military’s defense against modern-day threats, such as IEDs, using advanced and affordable technologies.
Over the next 18 months, Alcoa Defense, the Army’s Research, Development and Engineering Command and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency will coordinate R&D efforts with Alcoa scientists to refine the hull design and develop alloy requirements.
They will then work with the company’s engineers to produce 20- by 7-foot demonstrator hulls to validate the performance benefits.
Alcoa has worked with the U.S. military before, including helping the Air Force extend the life of its fleet by developing previously unavailable replacement parts as well as developing a lighter, lower-cost, single-piece forging for the Joint Strike Fighter bulkhead.
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| TrackbackAlcoa Defense Shows Affordable Spectrum of Products at Huge U.S. Expo
The Alcoa Defense Value Proposition and our spectrum of products to fit tightening military budgets are on display as the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) annual meeting and exposition in Washington, D.C.
In a time of sequestration and budget cuts, Alcoa is committed to the market with the largest portfolio of options at a range of prices, says Rick Pennycuick, Vice President, Business Development for Alcoa Defense. And AUSA is the ideal place to display it.
"This event includes 700 Army and defense industry exhibitors. Not only are we able to talk with key decision makers, but also the people who determine the future requirements of the defense of our nation. The third population at AUSA is the research and development scientists associated with all the Army labs. There is nothing else like this all year," Pennycuick said.
"At AUSA, you can talk to small businesses and the largest of the large OEMs," he continued. "The Army brings its booths and exhibits, and you can see the latest and greatest things happening in large weapons systems. It's a professional development forum extraordinaire."
As the October 21-23 event approached, nearly all of the invitations extended to Army officials and defense contractors had been accepted.
"And this was during furlough," Pennycuick said. "That's because we understand the requirements community, the acquisition professionals, and we lead with our affordable technology."
Alcoa's booth will demonstrate its technologies and capabilities for ground combat systems, small arms and rotorcraft, as well as those that apply to tactical vehicle fleets. Additionally, it will showcase the capabilities of Alcoa Castings, Alcoa Fastening Systems, Alcoa Forgings & Extrusions and Alcoa Building Solutions.
"Shows such as AUSA can be very hectic, as we meet with members from the requirements and R&D communities as well as OEMs," said Alcoa Defense Business Analyst Niraj Patel. "As a result, throughout the day we ensure that our booth is staffed by teammates from across Alcoa who are well versed and can speak to our defense-specific technologies and product forms.
"Some visitors come by the booth simply curious as to what we do, while others wish to talk to us about potential collaborations, or to better understand the applications of our products/technologies, or even to propose business opportunities. We also use the booth to touch base with our private sector partners with whom we have established relationships."
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| TrackbackAlcoa, U.S. Army to Develop World’s Largest Single-Piece Aluminum Hull for Combat Vehicles to Improve Troop Protection
New Technology a Potential Game Changer for Strengthening Army’s Defense Against Improvised Explosive Devices
Alcoa and the U.S. Army Research Laboratory have launched a cooperative effort to develop an aluminum solution to a grave threat to soldier safety: Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). The solution, a single-piece aluminum hull for ground combat vehicles, would replace today’s assembled hulls and deliver even greater strength and durability. In addition to safety benefits, the single-piece hull would reduce vehicle weight and assembly time, and, therefore, overall cost.
"For decades, the Army has recognized the survivability benefits of a single-piece hull due to its thickness, size and shape for ground combat vehicles," said Dr. Ernest Chin of the Army Research Laboratory. "Our collaborative effort to develop continuous and seamless aluminum hull technology has the potential to be a game changer for how combat vehicles are designed and made to better protect our soldiers."
Alcoa’s single-piece aluminum hull would improve combat vehicle performance through:
- Improved blast protection: A single-piece hull would eliminate welded seams used in today’s manufacturing processes, which is expected to significantly improve protection. The single-piece hull would cover the entire lower section of any combat vehicle.
- Increased damage resistance: The use of more blast-absorbent Alcoa alloys is expected to further increase damage resistance.
- Efficient design: Forging hulls as one unit would facilitate three-dimensional shaping, allowing Alcoa to tailor the thickness where needed to maximize protection and allow for weight savings.
- Cost savings: The structure is expected to reduce costs over the life of the vehicle by increasing fuel efficiency through lightweighting and eliminating assembly time and complexity.
“Alcoa has helped the U.S. military stay ahead of emerging threats by innovating durable, lightweight aluminum technologies since World War I,” said Ray Kilmer, Alcoa Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. “Our experts are now developing the world’s largest, high-strength aluminum hull for combat vehicles to better defend against IEDs, the greatest threat our troops face in Afghanistan, while meeting the Army’s affordability needs.”
The Army Research Laboratory, in partnership with Alcoa Defense, initiated the program after Alcoa modeled significant performance advantages of the single-piece hull. Alcoa also brings proven advanced materials expertise and experience forging the world’s largest aluminum structures. This initiative is part of the Army’s Affordable Protection from Objective Threats program, created to improve the military’s defense against modern-day threats, such as IEDs, using affordable, advanced manufacturing technologies. IEDs are a critical threat against soldiers in combat zones.
Hull Development and the Alcoa Advantage
During the next 18 months, Alcoa Defense, the Army’s Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will coordinate research and development efforts with scientists at the Alcoa Technical Center, the world’s largest light metals R&D facility, to refine the hull design and develop the alloy requirements. Alcoa Defense will then work with engineers at Alcoa Forgings and Extrusions in Cleveland to produce 20- by 7-foot demonstrator hulls to validate the performance benefits. These hulls will be forged using Alcoa Cleveland’s 50,000-ton forging press—one of two heavy closed die forging presses of this size in the United States and a strategically important asset to the Nation’s defense.
This latest project is only one of a portfolio of ways in which Alcoa has supported the United States defense effort with innovations across air, land and sea platforms. The following are a few examples:
Applying its commercial aerospace expertise, Alcoa has helped the Air Force extend the life of its fleet, including aircraft developed more than 50 years ago. Alcoa developed previously unavailable replacement parts using new alloys that have increased fleet damage tolerance and corrosion resistance at an affordable price, helping the Air Force improve its fleet while avoiding approximately $100 million in costs to purchase new aircraft.
Alcoa developed a lighter, lower-cost, single-piece forging for the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) bulkhead, enabling the JSF to meet exacting government weight targets and improve affordability.
In addition, Alcoa has provided a number of innovative technologies and materials to improve the performance of Army vehicles, such as the Heavy Equipment Transport and Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck, providing increased soldier protection while making the vehicles more lightweight, energy efficient and durable.
For information on Alcoa’s innovations, please visit: http://www.alcoa.com/innovation For information on Alcoa Defense, please visit: http://www.alcoa.com/defense
Editor’s Note: Caption for accompanying photo: Alcoa and the U.S. Army Research Laboratory have launched a cooperative effort to develop the world’s largest single-piece aluminum hull for ground combat vehicles, shown here, to improve the military’s defense against a grave threat to soldier safety: Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).
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