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Materials Marvels: A strategic waterway

A major part of global trade routes, the Panama Canal celebrated its centenary in 2014. However, the first attempt to build the canal failed. Kathryn Allen examines how the waterway, nevertheless, became a vital access point.

Spotlight – How to... find heat treatment data for a specific steel grade

Joakim Fagerlund*, Senior R&D Engineerat steel solutions company Ovako, Sweden, talks about the company’s new online heat treatment guide.

A coal legacy – protecting the environment

Deep coal mining in the UK might have ceased, but landscapes are still dominated by its legacy. Eric Burgess, from the Coal Authority, examines how to keep environments safe.

Obituary – Thomas Smith CEng FIMMM

Tom Smith was an active member and supporter of the mining communities and the last President of the National Association of Colliery Managers

Obituary - Donald McLean DSc FIMMM

Donald McLean was one of the greats of physical metallurgy and structural integrity who will be forever remembered in the annals of physical metallurgy among those leading the transformation of the discipline from a qualitative metallurgical art to a quantitative materials science