Thermit® News April 2021


APRIL 2021


Elektro-Thermit sponsors the "Jugend forscht" project

Elektro-Thermit has been an official sponsor of the "Jugend forscht" regional competition in Saxony-Anhalt since September 2020.

These competitions, held across Germany, seek to inspire young people to get involved in mathematical and scientific research. The regional competition held in Halle (Saale) chose the winners on 23 February 2021. The winners then qualified for the national "Jugend forscht" competition. Given the backdrop of the pandemic, the competition was held entirely online for the very first time. The students presented their projects in virtual "jury rooms". This included projects like "When does the banana transform into an energy bomb?", "Is our forest dying of thirst?", a maths app developed in-house or the subject of environmental protection. The young researchers covered some interesting topics and impressed the jury with their methods and the way they analysed their projects. We were also impressed, and are delighted that our sponsorship will give us the opportunity to support and encourage children and young people in our region. We at Elektro-Thermit are keeping our fingers crossed for those people taking part in the national competition held in Berlin.


MT joints impress railway company

Elektro-Thermit has received approval in Algeria for its 6-hole MT bonded insulated rail joint.

Following successful negotiations with SNTF (National Rail Transportation Company) in Algiers, Elektro-Thermit was able to install two MT joints on the busy Algiers–Constantine route. Our Technical Service team and our Algerian distribution partner completed their installation in July 2018. During the course of this work, the latter's welders were also given training on how to install these MT joints on SNTF's tracks in future. After they were installed, both joints were subjected to 12 months' worth of testing by inspectors from SNTF's Regional Directorate for Infrastructure in Algiers. Additional documents were submitted in the past two years. The high quality and excellent properties of the insulated rail joints along with the satisfactory results obtained from field testing resulted in the final approval being issued at the end of 2020.


Supply of welding kits and equipment

Elektro-Thermit has supplied welding kits and equipment for the "10th of Ramadan Light Rail Transit" project.

The new 68 km-long Light Rail Transit network near to Cairo runs from El Salam via New Administrative Capital to Madinat al-Aschir min Ramadan (known in English as 10th of Ramadan City). It will be the first electrified route in Egypt and is due to open in October 2021. Trial operations are due to take place in August 2021. Elektro-Thermit has supplied welding kits and welding equipment, including Smartweld Petrol, to the joint venture tasked with completing the welding work. Welding kits were also delivered for the further expansion of Cairo Metro Line 3. The particular challenge associated with this project was the 33C1 check rail profile, which required the development of new moulds.


Major order for Raide-Jokeri project in Helsinki

Raide-Jokeri is a 25 km-long urban railway line running between the districts of Itäkeskus in Helsinki and Keilaniemi in Espoo, the construction of which started in summer 2019.

The ultra-modern railway line is due to replace the existing main bus route, allowing growing numbers of passengers to be served in future. In this particular project, our client was commissioned with building the track. It was previously the case in Finland that only the Thermit® SoWoS method was used to weld flat bottom rails. However, our client has now been convinced of the benefits of our SkV-Elite L25 welding process and the Smartweld Jet. As a result, test welding sessions were held at the welder training school in Kouvola in 2019. The Smartweld Jet was then tested out over a two-month period on the construction site for the Tampere tram project. Work is currently ongoing together with the client to implement the Smartweld App and Dari®.

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Working instructions for the Thermit® welding method

The processing of our consumable materials by your trained employees to create a high quality finished product must be performed in accordance with the latest version of our work instructions.

A complete overview of our work instructions, sub-divided according to language and methods, is available here. Your contact in the Technical Service or Sales departments will be happy to provide you with the requested version of the work instruction you require.

Setting benchmarks for 125 years

On March 13, 1895, Prof. Hans Goldschmidt received the Imperial Patent No. 96317. This patent is the basis for the Original Thermit® welding process, still used worldwide. Railway projects worldwide rely on innovations around Thermit®.

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