100 Years Ago Today

A History Of Events And Happenings From Exactly One Hundred Years Ago

Breakthrough In Stainless Steel In Germany

Iron’s main drawback and an industrial metal is its tendency to corrode. Many alloys, a mixture of two or more metals attempted to solve this problem. The corrosion resistance of iron-chromium alloys was first recognized in 1821 by French metallurgist Pierre Berthier. In the late 1890s a process for producing carbon-free chromium was developed in Germany and between 1904 and 1911 several researchers prepared alloys that would today be considered stainless steel.

Krupp Works in Essen, Germany
1912

On October 17, 1912, Krupp engineers patented austenitic stainless steel which promises to makes it manufacture cheap and plentiful.
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