|The New Steel Age
by Lisa Marshall
As the rapidly changing energy landscape calls out for a new generation of highly specialized steels, manufacturers worldwide look to Mines’ steel center for leadership.
|As far back as 2,100 B.C., resourceful metallurgists in Western Asia began melting iron and infusing it with carbon to make steel. Four-thousand years later, one might assume we know all there is to know about the metal that makes up 60 percent of our cars, 75 percent of our appliances, three-quarters of our buildings, and the bulk of our bridges and ships.
Not so, says David Matlock, director of the Advanced Steel Processing and Products Research Center (ASPPRC) and a professor of metallurgical and materials engineering since 1972. In an age when consumers and governments are clamoring for more fuel-efficient automobiles, and cleaner, more efficient energy generation, a renaissance of steel innovation is upon us.