100 years of stainless steel

We have another centenary to celebrate – 100 years of stainless steel. It’s worth thinking about what a remarkable material stainless steel is: strong, corrosion resistant and able to maintain a sharp cutting edge. It’s everywhere around us; in our homes, buildings, farms, industry and commerce, yet it didn’t exist until relatively recently. In October 17, 1912, Krupp engineers Benno Strauss and Eduard Maurer patented a type of stainless steel. The following year, in Sheffield England, Harry Brearley of the Brown-Firth research laboratory, developed an industrial process for manufacturing stainless steel and Sheffield became synonymous with stainless steel. There’s a website celebrating 100 Years of Stainless Steel, and they’ve produced the video below, which outlines its history and many uses – the modern world really wouldn’t be so shiny with out it!

from The Universal Machine http://universal-machine.blogspot.com/2013/03/100-years-of-stainless-steel.html

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About driwatson
I'm a New Zealand author, computer scientist and blogger specialising in Artificial Intelligence. I also have an interest in the history of computing and have just written a popular science book called "The Universal Machine - from the dawn of computing to digital consciousness."

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