A World of Steel: From Ancient Cultures to Today’s High-Tech Applications
with Daniel Widlund, MSc, Lic of Eng., Chief Metallurgist at ESCO Corporation
While steel to some may be a material much associated with the Iron Age or the industrial revolution centuries ago it is still very much a material that is alive and kicking and is probably the most important material in use today. Steel in all its different forms is present everywhere around us in all imaginable applications. Some are obvious to us, like cars, bridges, heavy machinery or kitchen appliances. Others are less known such as medical wire, surgical implants or shape memory alloys in satellites.
In this talk, metallurgist Daniel Widlund will describe the evolution of steel use and production from the most ancient cultures to present day’s advanced applications and highly efficient production processes. He will provide many examples of how different applications require different properties of the steel and the metallurgical “secrets” hidden in the material to achieve these properties.
Daniel Widlund is a metallurgist with 20 years of experience from research and development in the steel industry. He graduated with an MSc degree from The Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, and continued with research in the field of Process Metallurgy for several years applying neural network technology to steelmaking processes to earn a degree of Licentiate of Engineering in 1998. He has since held various positions with SSAB, a world leading steel plate producer in Sweden before moving to Portland in 2012 to join ESCO Corporation as their Chief Metallurgist. When not working he enjoys the abundance of outdoor activities offered in and around Portland such as hiking, cycling or skiing.
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