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History and Composition: The Resilience of Stainless Steel

Posted by Don Ascione on July 22, 2015

Stainless steel has become such a common metal that it’s used in everything from home appliances and cutlery to chemical and pharmaceutical, medical, and oil and gas applications. It is so commonly seen by everyone that it is difficult to remember that there was a time when stai

nless steel did not exist. 

A History Lesson

Through the early 1900s, advances and discoveries were made that led to the industrialization of stainless steel. In 1912, an English researcher named Harry Brearley discovered stainless steel alloy while searching for ways to create gun barrels that were resistant to corrosion. After applying for a patent, Brearley discovered that an American named Elwood Haynes had also applied for a patent. Brearley and Haynes pooled their funds and formed the American Stainless Steel Corporation.

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Topics: stainless steel, steel, metal composition, construction metals

What Metals Are Your Favorite Sports Trophies Made From?

Posted by Don Ascione on May 30, 2014

With the NHL and the NBA playoffs in full swing, it won’t be long until one team from each sport lifts the championship trophy over their heads, for all the world to see. Most of the trophies for the major sports in North America are made of precious metals, such as silver and gold, and specially crafted by artisans each year. Here’s a backgrounder on the most prized hardware in American sports.

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Topics: nickel alloy, trophy metal composition, metal composition, silver, sports trophies

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