Posted on 22 March, 2016 by Mathew
I think that in the future this age will be recognised as the steel age (or bainite age!), future historians will probably still over look the vital role of steel in their own civilisation (although no doubt it will still be of vital importance if they are civilised). However, with the benefit of hindsight they will probably be able to recognise it’s importance during this era. In a dystopian future they will tell camp-fire stories about the ancients and their hidden steel knowledge, and their ability to make ‘things’.
Probably Stone and Bronze age peoples didn’t recognise they where living in an age defined by the materials they used, either. That’s because they used many other materials too, and concerned themselves with where the next meal was coming from, and generally got caught up in the drama of Bronze age existence.
Steel in action, in the modern city of Vancouver.
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Posted on 13 March, 2015 by Mathew
http://www.worldmapper.org/ allows us to remap the world making different countries scaled by various metrics (population, GPD, internet users, etc).
For example, this shows which countries are the biggest steel importers;
Map with countries scaled by steel imports.
And this is the countries scaled by steel exports;
Map with countries scaled by steel exports.
Prof. Hans Rosling has made other data and analysis tools available at gapminder.com. I talked about that here: https://bainite.wordpress.com/2009/05/17/2007-ted-lectures/
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Posted on 1 October, 2014 by Mathew
The Association for Iron & Steel Technology AIST has announced they will be awarding a $20,000 prize for innovative applications of steel.
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Posted on 16 November, 2013 by Mathew
Cage diving was invented by a diver who survived an attack by a shark. Wanting to return to the sea he was inspired by the lions cage in Melbourne zoo.
At first it was thought the sharks were attracted to the people in the cage, but later it was observed that sharks also investigated empty cages. It turns out that they are attracted to the steel. I wonder if this is electrical effect, or if they are usually attracted to the iron in blood? Dissolving iron from the cage may seem similar to haemoglobin.
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Posted on 19 August, 2013 by Mathew
I went to the pharmacy today, the price of Iron there is pretty expensive.
Expensive Iron, 5.2 p per 14 mg.
5.2 pence per 14 mg tablet. That means the price per kg is £371,000 (371 thousand pounds), or 3.7 million pounds per tonne (3.7 M£/tonne).
This is amazing, the usual price of steel is more like 600 pounds per tonne, and around 1.5 trillion tonnes (1,510,222,000 tonnes) (1.5 Gigatonnes) of steel are produced annually. It seems like the steel industry should be selling this steel for 1000 times more. That would be a total of £5.6 × 1015 or 5.6 P£ or 5.6 petapounds (I don’t know the financial term £5.6 million billion or 5.6 thousand trillion or 105 times world GDP).
Compared to the human body, the average amount of iron is about 3.5 g per person. That means we need 250 of these tablets to replace the iron in our body, at a cost of 13 pounds.
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