The Iron Cycle - Fe 150 Conference

Mineral Processing & Extractive Metallurgy Division
8 Mar 2019

The Institute of Materials Minerals and Mining is celebrating the 150 year anniversary of its foundation through the Iron and Steel Society, I&SS. These events and activities are being described and updated through the Institutes web site and in Materials World magazine.

The I&SS are leading the celebrations and a very full and fascinating series of events are planned which are being coordinated by the Institute.

The Resource divisions are contributing to the anniversary which includes arranging this one- day Conference – “The Iron Cycle – Fe 150” which will be held at the Institute’s London HQ, 297 Euston Road on 20 March 2019. The theme is "150 years of extracting, processing & recycling the material that built the modern world”.  The programme is now finalised and there are 14 high quality and fascinating presentations from distinguished authors representing the entire Iron Cycle from Exploration to final product disposal. All aspects of Minerals Engineering are covered, the Oil and Gas discipline are well represented as is steel use, sustainability and a paper focussing on the role of iron in the living world.

Registration is now open and the early bird rate will be maintained until 15 March. Full details and how to register are included on the conference website for this exciting event The Iron Cycle Fe-150

The Conference is being sponsored by Behre Dolbear and Anglo American.

Iron and steel were the foundation of the Industrial Revolution with one of the major pathfinders being Sir Henry Bessemer and the process he invented for the mass production of steel in 1856 which remained the dominant technology for the next century. This enabled the development of steam power for industrialisation. From the nineteenth century to the present day the mechanical properties of iron and steel have been continuously studied and the importance of alloying elements and heat treatments have been appreciated by metallurgists and materials scientists. The tools to aid this understanding developed congruently from visual examination with the naked eye to the nano-scale investigating equipment used today. Steel and its alloys remain a major component in modern life embracing, transportation, machine tools for industry, buildings, the military, agriculture and on and off-shore oil rigs providing petrochemicals.

The conference is intended to be a tribute to the material that built the modern world.