Reducing Hydro Turbine Maintenance Costs with the Use of Cold Spray

A growing and vital component of today’s energy sector is hydropower. The basic technology behind hydropower is simple. Rushing water moves turbine vanes to generate electricity that is then fed into the grid. In a recent study published by the US Department of Energy, several national laboratories assessed the value of hydropower. The conclusions were… Continue reading Reducing Hydro Turbine Maintenance Costs with the Use of Cold Spray

What’s Next for Additive Manufacturing in the Aerospace Industry?

The United States entered the first round of the ‘space race’ back in the late 50s to early 60s. At that time, there was a mad rush for industries and government agencies, in this case, NASA, to develop technology, applications, and systems for a type of vehicle they had no idea how to construct, maintain… Continue reading What’s Next for Additive Manufacturing in the Aerospace Industry?

Effects of Pitting Corrosion in Chemical Processing Plants

Pitting corrosion is undoubtedly the most dangerous type of metal erosion. Some experts believe it was responsible for the catastrophic collapse of the U.S. Highway 35 bridge between Point Pleasant and Kanauga over the River Ohio that killed 46 people in 1967. A small crack in one of the I-beams was thought to have been… Continue reading Effects of Pitting Corrosion in Chemical Processing Plants

Where Is the Powder Metallurgy Market Going?

Metal powders are a dry, bulk solid made of very fine particles, typically aluminum, steel, copper, titanium, and other metals. Many alloys are also available in this form. Compressing and sintering these powders results in near net shape parts with potentially complex geometries that are expensive to create with other fabrication methods. The high-pressure cold… Continue reading Where Is the Powder Metallurgy Market Going?

Cold Spray Additive Manufacturing: What are Current Cold Spray Trends?

This article looks at the cold spray process, its advantages; and takes a brief look at where the technology is headed. To find out more about cold spray additive manufacturing or discuss your coatings requirements in more detail, contact the team at Cold Spray. What is the Cold Spray Process? VRC’s high-pressure cold spray works… Continue reading Cold Spray Additive Manufacturing: What are Current Cold Spray Trends?

What Are the Limitations of Cold Spray?

The use of high pressure cold spray for metal deposition has skyrocketed since the process was invented in Russia in the 1980s. Unlike conventional repair methods like welding, cold spray is a solid-state method. It does not heat the material to its melting point.  A process like this can extend operating life through reliable repairs… Continue reading What Are the Limitations of Cold Spray?

The Difference Between Cold Spray Systems and Thermal Spray Systems

Today, many industries are still using thermal spray systems instead of cold spray systems to repair and update equipment. However, the thermal spray system is a more traditional approach that has been in use for more than 100 years.  If you’re looking for a more modern and innovative way to repair your original equipment, you’ll… Continue reading The Difference Between Cold Spray Systems and Thermal Spray Systems

The History of Cold Spray Technology

Cold Spray was a Soviet discovery. The cold spray process originated from research studies conducted in the Soviet Union in the 1980s.  The researchers responsible for the discovery were working at the Institute of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Novosibirsk, Siberia.  Those who have followed… Continue reading The History of Cold Spray Technology

What Is Cold Spray Used For?

Have you heard of cold spray and wondered how it might apply to your industry? Are you searching for an easier or faster way to make metal surface repairs? Cold spray metal repair might just be the ticket.  Because of its ease and flexibility, cold spray metal repair is useful across a wide variety of… Continue reading What Is Cold Spray Used For?

What Is Cold Spray?

If you are familiar with the thermal spray industry, then you have heard of cold spray manufacturing. Cold spray is the lowest temperature thermal spray and has the highest velocity of all the spray processes. But what makes the use of cold spray manufacturing essential? If you are starting a new project or using cold… Continue reading What Is Cold Spray?