Prestige Lecture: The Pioneers of Stainless Steel 1900-1970

26 Mar 2013

Newport and District Materials Society prestige lecture


Dr David Dulieu


To mark the centenary of stainless steel, NDMS is delighted to welcome Dr David Dulieu. His lecture will cover the major British contribution to the development and understanding of stainless steels and includes the work of Brearley, Monypenny, Bull, Hatfield, Sykes, Middleton and Oliver. He will also acknowledge the 'supporting cast' who worked on process and engineering to develop arc furnace practice, secondary refining and continuous casting and the contribution from Sheffield University.

David has now officially retired from Outokumpu Stainless and this has given him more time to explore the history of stainless steel. He has written a book, which will be published to coincide with the Harry Brearley Centenary.


Whilst working on alloy steels for the manufacture of gun barrels in Sheffield in October 1912, Harry Brearley made a series of steels varying in chromium content from 6 to 15% and found that low carbon steels with above 12% chromium did not corrode. It was on 20 August 1913 that he made the first arc furnace cast of stainless steel.



Participation in this event is recognised as Professional Development


6.00 for 6.30pm

Buffet and networking to follow

Venue and booking

Event Location: 
14-17 The Parade
Trevithick Building
Cardiff University Engineering School
CF24 3AA
United Kingdom
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