Williams Award

For a paper of particular merit concerned with the manufacture and use of iron and steel.

Williams Award

The Williams Award is presented annually for a paper of particular merit concerned with the manufacture and use of iron and steel.

The winner will receive a certificate and £450.00

Award judging

Nominations for the Williams Award are judged by the Iron & Steel Society.

Past winners

2021
Characterisation of the burden behaviour of iron ore pellets mixed with nut coke under simulated blast furnace conditions
Dharm Jeet Gavel, Qingshi Song, Allert Adema, Jan van der Stel, Jilt Sietsma, Rob Boom & Yongxiang Yang

2020
Monitoring of less common residual elements in scrap feeds for EAF steelmaking
Augusta Martinelli Miranda, Paulo Santos Assis, Geoffrey Alan Brooks, Muhammad Akbar Rhamdhani, Andrea Fontana, Alister King, Gerald Sanders and Gabriela Paula da Costa Moreira  

2019
Liquid metal embrittlement during resistance spot welding of Zn-coated high-strength steels
Diptak Bhattacharya

2018
Sulphur removal in ironmaking and oxygen steelmaking
F N H Schrama, E M Beunder, B Van den Berg, Y Yang & R Boom

2017
Microalloyed steels
T. N. Baker

2016
Non-linear model predictive control of throughput and strip temperature for continuous annealing line
H Wu, R Speets, F Heeremans, O Ben Driss, R van Buren

2015
Development & Deployment on inline multifrequency electromagnetic system to monitor steel hot transformation on runout table of hot strip mill
W Zhu, H Yang, A Luinenburg, F van den Berg, S Dickinson, W Yin & A J Peyton

2014
Liquid metal experiments with swirling flow submerged entry nozzle
Th Wondrak; S Eckert; V Galindo; G Gerbeth; F Stefani; K Timmel; A J Peyton; W Yin; S Riaz

2013
Review: The Butterfly Effect in Continuous Casting
PD Lee, RE Ramirez-Lopez and KC Mills et al. 

2012
Formation of ultrafine grained ferrite during thermomechanical treatment in microalloyed steel
Dr A N Bhagat & Neelkant

2010
Inclusion characterisation-tool for measurement of steel cleanliness and process control
P Kaushik, H Pietel and H Yin

2009
Joining of thick section steels using hybrid laser welding
S Webster, J Kristensen & D Petring 

2008
Effect of cerium sulphide particle dispersions on acicular ferrite microstructure development in steels
G Thewlis

2007
Markets in ferrous scrap for steelmaking
Jonathan Aylen & Kevin Albertson

2006
Tensile and work hardening properties of low carbon dual phase steels at high strain rates
Dr G Fourlaris, N D Beynon, S Oliver & T B Jones 

2005
Challenges in the modelling of scale formation and decarburisation of high carbon, special and general steels
H F Marston, P H Bolt, G Leprince, M Röder, R Klima, J Niska & M Jarl

2004
Abnormal Transient Phenomena in the Continuous Casting Process: Part 1 and 2
G Alvarez de Toledo, J Ciriza, J J Larausogoitia & A Arteaga

2003
Prediction of Mechanical Properties in Steel Heat Treatment Process using Neural Networks
Dr J Tenner, Prof D A Linkens, Dr P F Morris & T J Bailey 

2002
G Shi, H V Atkninson, C M Sellars & C W Anderson

2001
Prof I V Samarasekera

1999
A Cowley, R Abushosha & B Mintz

1998
A S Hamid & R Elliott

1997
J K Hallgarth

1996
S G Thornton & F Haers

1995
R K Hanna, T Jones, R I Blake & M S Millman

About Illtyd Williams (1856-1929)

Illtyd Williams died on March 5, 1929, in Bournemouth, after a long period of ill-health. He was the son of the late Mr Edward Williams, of Middlesbrough, who was President of the Iron and Steel Institute in the years 1879-81, and a Bessemer Gold Medallist. Mr Illtyd Williams' connection with the Iron and Steel Institute had extended over a great many tears; he was elected a member in 1880, and became a Member of Council in 1902 and a Vice-President in 1913. In 1916 he acceded to the Council's proposal that he should accept the office of Hon, Treasurer in succession to Lord Invernairn (then Sir William Beardmore). His keen business ability pre-eminently fitted him to fill the position brilliantly, and the successful emergence of the Institute from the troubled period during and after the Great War must be credited very largely to his prudence and wisdom. On his relinquishment of the Hon. Treasurership in 1926, the Council expressed their recognition of his long and valuable services by electing him Hon. Vice-President of the Institute.

Mr Williams, in recognition of the honour conferred on him by the Council in electing him Hon. Treasurer, and in commemoration of his father, presented to the Iron and Steel Institute an amount of £3,000 3 1/2 percent. Conversion Loan Stock for tne endowment of a money award, to be known as the 'Williams Prize', for presentation, under certain stipulated conditions, to the author of the best practical paper presented to the Institute in any year. Like his father before him, Mr Williams was always deeply interested in the welfare of the Iron and Steel Institute, and anxious that it should carry out the purpose for which it was established; it was because he felt so keenly that it should be an active and useful means of assistance to those engaged in the iron and steel industry that he insisted on the 'practical' aspect of papers to be considered for the award of the Williams Prize, and debarred all 'theoretical' papers from competition.

Mr Williams was for many years a director of the firm of Bolckow, Vaughan & Co., Ltd., and was also largely interested in the firm Linthorpe-Dinsdale, Ltd., Middleton, of which he was one of the directors.

He only retired from active business when ill-health compelled him to seek retreat in Bournemouth.