An inaugural lecture by Professor Claire Davis, Professor of Ferrous Metallurgy in the School of Metallurgy and Materials.
Steel is the second most used material, by weight, in the world after concrete. Everything that we use today and take for granted relies on steel, either directly (steel in fridges, cookers and washing machines) or indirectly (bread is transported in lorries and wheat is cut using combine harvesters, both made from steel). All these applications take advantage of the huge range of properties that steels can exhibit. This lecture will explore how the excellent properties of steels are developed and discuss some current and future applications.