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Still the iron age : iron and steel in the modern world / Vaclav Smil

Smil, Vaclav.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBook; Format: print Publisher: Amsterdam : Elsevier, 2016Description: XI, 268 p. ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9780128042335.Subject(s): Siderurgia | Hierro -- Metalurgia | Acero -- Metalurgia
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Although the last two generations have seen an enormous amount of attention paid to advances in electronics, the fact remains that high-income, high-energy societies could thrive without microchips, etc., but, by contrast, could not exist without steel. Because of the importance of this material to comtemporary civilization, a comprehensive resource is needed for metallurgists, non-metallurgists, and anyone with a background in environmental studies, industry, manufacturing, and history, seeking a broader understanding of the history of iron and steel and its current and future impact on society. Given its coverage of the history of iron and steel from its genesis to slow pre-industrial progress, revolutionary advances during the 19th century, magnification of 19th century advances during the past five generations, patterns of modern steel production, the ubiquitous uses of the material, potential substitutions, advances in relative dematerialization, and appraisal of steel's possible futures, Still the Iron Age: Iron and Steel in the Modern World by world-renowned author Vaclav Smil meets that need. Incorporates an interdisciplinary discussion of the history and evolution of the iron- and steel-making industry and its impact on the development of the modern worldServes as a valuable contribution because of its unique perspective that compares steel to technological advances in other materials, perceived to be importantDiscusses how we can manufacture smarter rather than deny demandExplores future opportunities and new efforts for sustainable development in the industry. INDICE: Preface Ch. 1. Iron and Steel before the 18th Century: Slow Adoption, Artisanal Production and Scaling-up Ch. 2. Rise of Modern Ferrous Metallurgy, 1700-1850: Coke, Blasts, Furnaces and Expensive Steel Ch. 3. Iron and Steel before WW I, 1850-1914: The Age of Affordable Steel Ch. 4. A Century of Advances, 1914-2014: Changing in Leadership in Iron and Steel Industry Ch. 5. Modern Ironmaking and Steelmaking: Furnaces, Processes, Casting Ch. 6. Materials in Modern Iron and Steel Production: Ores, Coke, Fluxes, Scrap and Other Inputs Ch. 7. Energy Costs and Environmental Impacts of Iron and Steel: Energies, Atmospheric Emissions, and Waste Streams Ch. 8. Ubiquitous Uses of Steel: Sectoral Consumption and the Quest for Quality Ch. 9. Looking Back: Advances and Accomplishments Ch. 10. Looking Ahead: The Future of Iron and SteelAppendices. Index

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