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post #11 of 47
Now what are the drawbacks to this process? Nothing really can be 100% better without sacrificing something. If this really is true, its awesome that someone not a scientist in a lab, discovered it.
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post #12 of 47
Just goes to show we don't know nearly as much as we think we do. I'm glad theres people out there still trying new things, and not leaving it up to the big boys to keep pushing tech/science further. I think thats a major issue these days, people won't even try some things because they "know" what will happen. Just do it, give it a shot, and sometimes, things like this happens and the world progresses.
Congrats to this guy, he's made all our lives a little better. But I won't hold my breath on seeing any of the efficiency/cost cutting of this new method trickling down to us consumers, the greedy will pocket the cash, and we'll pay the same, if not more (hey its new and improved = more $$).
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post #13 of 47
Wow this is incredible. Steel is something that everyone uses in there daily lives. The practical application of this is just dizzying in scope. Seriously better candidate for the Nobel Prize than the 09 recipient. Get this man some prize money!
    
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post #14 of 47
I wouldn't bank on this being widely used.
It looks more like a specialty process.
I can see a fair amount of energy usage that'll probably cost more than just alloying the steel.
Then there's the corrosion formed from the water quenching process.
Lastly you've got the electro-magnetic effects from the induction heater.
post #15 of 47
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Originally Posted by The Radius Kid View Post
I can see a fair amount of energy usage that'll probably cost more than just alloying the steel.
Did you read the article?

It actually uses an 80% LESS energy than the traditional steel furnacing procedures.
   
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post #17 of 47
Quote:
Originally Posted by Homeles View Post
THIS ^

If this becomes reality, this could have an enormous impact on the world.
As far as I understand this is already a reality, he has produced steel with this process that functions as the article described.
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post #18 of 47
Much better article here IMO (linked in the current articles comments)

http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-06-...er-steel-.html
    
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post #19 of 47
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Originally Posted by Artikbot View Post
Did you read the article?

It actually uses an 80% LESS energy than the traditional steel furnacing procedures.

I think you had better go back and re-read what I wrote.
He's talking about a heat treating process.
Not a mass production process.
I work in the steel industry as a machinist/fitter.
post #20 of 47
I can see this revolutionizing allot of different manufacturing sectors, but I think the automotive sector could get the most out of this. Stronger, lighter cars equal less energy to move them at the same time making them safer. That is a win/win for everyone. The area that might not benefit from this is castings, but that is a whole different animal.
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