Martyn Dranfield, South West & South Wales

Martyn graduated from Cardiff University in 2010 with a Masters in Chemistry, working on projects including the nanochemistry of heteropoly and pozzolanic cement replacements from industrial waste. Straight after university he took up a graduate position for Tata Steel in Port Talbot, rotating on the graduate scheme through product development and Process enhancement projects on high strength and formable steels for automotive applications. He is currently appointed to his current role as Product Specialist in the Technical function.

Originally from Cornwall, Martyn puts his fascination with industry down to exploring industrial heritage sites and the china clay industry whilst growing up. He regularly takes part in STEM activities with local schools hoping to inspire the next generation of engineers and scientists.

The evolution of niobium micro alloyed hot rolled steel strip in the UK

Niobium micro alloyed steels were pioneered in the 1960's, but their development continues to progress. Predominant uses are for automotive applications, structural use and for line pipe. A key factor in their development is the evolution of the wide hot strip mill. From the introduction to the UK at Ebbw Vale to roll mild steels through to the evolution of Port Talbot Mill to produce the current family of Niobium micro alloyed steels.

This presentation explores the metallurgy and process development to produce micro alloyed steels over the last 50 years and where future developments may lead.


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