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Alcoa Inc. is the world's third largest producer of aluminum, behind Rio Tinto Alcan and Rusal, with corporate headquarters in New York City. From its operational base in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the United States, Alcoa conducts operations in 31 countries. Alcoa is a major producer of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum, and alumina combined, through its active and growing participation in all major aspects of the industry: technology, mining, refining, smelting, fabricating, and recycling. Aluminum and alumina represent more than three-fourths of Alcoa’s revenue. Non-aluminum products include precision castings and aerospace and industrial fasteners. Alcoa’s products are used worldwide in aircraft, automobiles, commercial transportation, packaging, building and construction, oil and gas, defense, and industrial applications.In May 2007 Alcoa made a US$27 billion hostile takeover bid for Alcan, aiming to unite the two companies and form the world's largest aluminum producer. The takeover bid was withdrawn after Alcan announced a friendly takeover by Rio Tinto in July 2007.Among Alcoa's other businesses are fastening systems, building products and Howmet Castings. The sale of the packaging unit was announced on December 21, 2007 and closed in the first quarter of 2008. Wikipedia.


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An apparatus, method and composition for long length tubing includes continuous production of long length seamless aluminum tubing suitable for use as coiled tubing in hydrocarbon wells. A 2XXX aluminum alloy may be used in combination with a continuous casting/extrusion apparatus using aluminum from a melt. Other metals may be used, as well as continuously cast rod from a casting wheel and belt or conform extruder, which is processed to form a hollow and then sized by drawing.


Patent
Alcoa | Date: 2016-04-15

The instant disclosure is directed towards methods of treating wastewater and related systems, where the system includes: a first zone comprising at least one anaerobic tank, and a second zone comprising at least one engineered wetland. In some embodiments, the system includes a third zone comprising at least one bauxite residue cell.


Patent
Alcoa | Date: 2016-10-19

The present disclosure is directed towards methods of making titanium diboride products in various sizes. An aspect of the method provides (a) selecting a target average particle size for a target titanium diboride product; (b) selecting at least one processing variable from the group consisting of: an amount of sulfur, an inert gas flow rate, a soak time, and a reaction temperature; (c) selecting a condition of the processing variable based upon the target average particle size; and (d) producing an actual titanium diboride product having an actual average particle size using the at least one processing variable, wherein due to the at least one processing variable, the actual average particle size corresponds to the target average particle size.


Patent
Alcoa | Date: 2016-09-15

A fastener feed apparatus includes a mounting portion and a feed portion attached movably thereto. The feed portion includes a feed body having first and second ends and an internal track extending therethrough. The internal track is sized and shaped to convey a fastener through the feed body. The feed portion also includes a feeding block attached to the second end of the feed body and including a body and a pair of feed fingers, each of which includes a first end attached to the body and a second end. A track is formed between the feed fingers, is sized and shaped to convey the fastener from its first end to its second end, and is contiguous with the internal track of the feed body. The second end of the track includes a retention point. The feed fingers are sized and shaped to retain the fastener at the retention point.


Patent
Alcoa | Date: 2016-09-28

A latch having body with a hook, a handle attached pivotally to the body, and a series of links that facilitate opening and closing the handle. The links include a pair of front links, a pair of back links, and a middle link. The middle link connects the front links and the back links at one end of the middle link and with slots in the front link. The other end of the middle link pivots with the handle via a rivet. The middle link acts as an extended arm to drive the front links and back links for opening and closing the latch. A handle spring provides a means to pop-open the handle. A pair of link covers retains the front links and the back links on the body.


Patent
Alcoa | Date: 2016-09-28

A pressure relief door having a panel with an exterior side and an interior side, a pair of pressure relief latches mounted to the interior side of the panel, and a pair of hinges mounted to the panel and each including a lock mechanism mounted thereto. Each of the lock mechanisms includes a mounting bracket. The door is adapted to be installed within a structure and moveable between a closed position, such that the exterior side of the panel is substantially flush with an exterior surface of the structure, the lock mechanisms are engaged with an interior surface of the structure, and the pressure relief latches are engaged with the interior surface of the structure, and an open position, such that the pressure relief latches are disengaged with the interior surface of the structure, while the lock mechanisms remain engaged with the interior surface of the structure.


New wrought 7xxx aluminum alloys are disclosed. The new wrought 7xxx aluminum alloys generally include from 3.75 to 8.0 wt. % Zn, from 1.25 to 3.0 wt. % Mg, where the wt. % Zn exceeds the wt. % Mg, from 0.35 to 1.35 wt. % Cu, from 0.04 to 0.20 wt. % V, from 0.06 to 0.20 wt. % Zr, where V+Zr0.23 wt. %, from 0.01 to 0.25 wt. % Ti, up to 0.50 wt. % Mn, up to 0.40 wt. % Cr, up to 0.35 wt. % Fe, and up to 0.25 wt. % Si, the balance being aluminum and impurities, wherein the wrought 7xxx aluminum alloy include not greater than 0.10 wt. % each of any one impurity, and wherein the wrought 7xxx aluminum alloy includes not greater than 0.35 wt. % in total of the impurities.


Patent
Alcoa | Date: 2016-10-28

A latch having a housing and a latch mechanism located within an interior portion of the housing. The latch mechanism includes an arm, a pair of socket screws, a pair of torsion springs, each of which is connected rotatably to the arm and engages a corresponding one of the pair of socket screws, a bolt mechanism attached rotatably to the housing, and a link attached pivotally to the arm and attached to the bolt mechanism. The socket screws are utilized to adjust loads on the springs. The bolt mechanism is movable between a first position, in which the arm and the link are toggled with one another under the loads of the springs and the bolt mechanism is adapted to engage an external structure, and a second position, in which the link and the arm are untoggled with one another and the bolt mechanism is disengaged with the external structure.


New 7xx aluminum casting alloys are disclosed. The aluminum casting alloys generally include from 3.0 to 8.0 wt. % Zn, from 1.0 to 3.0 wt. % Mg, where the wt. % Zn exceeds the wt. % Mg, from 0.35 to 1.0 wt. % Cu, where the wt. % Mg exceeds the wt. % Cu, from 0.05 to 0.30 wt. % V, from 0.01 to 1.0 wt. % of at least one secondary element (Mn, Cr, Zr, Ti, B, and combinations thereof), up to 0.50 wt. % Fe, and up to 0.25 wt. % Si, the balance being aluminum and other elements, wherein the aluminum casting alloy include not greater than 0.05 wt. % each of the other elements, and wherein the aluminum casting alloy includes not greater than 0.15 wt. % in total of the other elements.


Patent
Alcoa | Date: 2017-03-15

An apparatus and method for measuring broken spot weld artifacts has a framework for supporting a light and a plurality of cameras for acquiring controlled images of a specimen with minimal distortion and parallax. The framework holds the specimen flat and in a reproducible position, controlling movement while imaging. The image data is received in a computer programmed with image processing software capable of isolating and measuring the artifacts. A calibration standard is used to correct for aberrations.

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