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The Naming and Numbering of Stainless Steels

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The stainless steel industry had its beginnings around the year 1912, when metallurgists in three countries quite accidentally performed a bit of alchemy when they turned iron into alloys that did not rust. Theoretical studies were conducted on iron-chromium and iron-chromium-nickel corrosion-resistant alloys in Europe between 1904 and 1911. However, it is generally accepted that the commercial development of stainless steels began with the work of Harry Brearley at the Brown Firth Research Laboratories in Sheffield, England, and with the work of Eduard Maurer and Benno Strauss at the Krupp Laboratories in Essen, Germany, both in 1912. Christian Dantsizen of the General Electric Research Laboratory at Schenectady, New York, was the developer in 1911 of a third class of alloys that became known as "stainless irons."

  • From:

    Advanced Materials & Processes, Volume 165, Issue 9, September 2007 (ASM International)

  • Published: September 01, 2007
  • Pages: 6