What is the history of stainless steel？
Today, stainless steel can be seen in most consumer and commercial products. Although it is actually puzzling, the history behind its creation and even the general information about this metal alloy is doubtful. But for everyone’s benefit, this is an exhaustive guide to stainless steel.
General fact: In the metallurgical world, stainless steel is called Inox iron. The term comes from the French word "inoxydable". Surprisingly, this metal alloy is not 100% antifouling, but it is more resistant to corrosion and rust than ordinary metals. The difference between stainless steel and ordinary steel is its chromium content. Once steel loses its protection, it will corrode when exposed to air and moisture. However, the use of a stainless steel film made of chromium oxide can prevent steel corrosion from penetrating further into the metal substance.
Since stainless steel does not require maintenance and can prevent stains and corrosion, it is a popular material that can be used in many applications, such as cables, chemical tanks, tableware, building parts, food preparation areas, heat exchangers, medical equipment, Plate, and many others. Stainless steel is widely used in the manufacture of bathroom accessories and hand-washing partitions.
This special metal alloy was not known until 1821, when French geologist and mining engineer Pierre Berthier discovered non-corrosive steel chromium. He believes that stainless steel will be very conducive to the production of tableware, because this material is acid resistant.
At the end of the 19th century, German chemist Hans Goldschmidt developed a method of making chromium without carbon. Between 1904 and 1911, the first alloys similar to the stainless steel we have today were manufactured.
By 1912, when Harry Brearley, a British metallurgist from Sheffield, England, was looking for corrosion-resistant metals for barrels, he found a martensitic stainless steel alloy. It was not until a few years later that the "New York Times" made this discovery public.
The metal alloys we use today are widely used in different industries due to their characteristics. These include steel corrosion resistance, heat and impact resistance, aesthetics, ease of manufacturing, and long-term value.