Wednesday, March 13, 2013

100 years of stainless steel

We have another centenary to celebrate - it's 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!