A conference and exhibition on the theme 'The Development and Application of Stainless Steels' will be held 11-13 June in Sheffield UK.

To be held at The Edge, The Endcliffe Village, University of Sheffield the event is to to commemorate the centenary of the discovery of ferritic stainless steels by Harry Brearley.

Harry Brearley was born on 18 February 1871 in Sheffield, England and after spending time in a crucible steelmaking shop he joined Thos. Firth & Sons at their Norfolk works as a chemist and later moved to the Brown Firth Laboratories.

Whilst working on alloy steels for the manufacture of gun barrels in October 1912, he made a series of steels varying in chromium content from 6 to 15% and noticed that low carbon steels with above 12% did not corrode. It was on the 20th August 1913 that he made the first arc furnace cast of stainless steel. This was the start of a new branch of steelmaking, which was recognised by the Iron and Steel Institute awarding him the Bessemer Gold Medal in 1920.

The British Stainless Steel Association and the Sheffield Metallurgical and Engineering Association are hosting a major international conference and exhibition in Sheffield, which will focus on the future for stainless steel. There will be six technical sessions over two days. The conference is part of the City of Sheffield’s celebrations to mark the 100th anniversary of the discovery of stainless steel.

The conference will look briefly at the history of stainless steel and the contribution of Harry Brearley to its development before covering the major sectors for stainless steel. There will be four sessions, including Oil & Gas, Nuclear Materials, Biogas, Architecture, Building & Construction and Transport, plus a look at some special applications such as heat exchangers and body scanners. The final session will look forward to the future challenges and opportunities for stainless steel and the industry.

The conference programme also includes:

• Celebrity Lecture – evening of Tuesday 11th June
Presented by Mika Seitovirta, CEO Outokumpu Group in Firth Hall, University of Sheffield
Followed by Buffet Supper and Exhibition showcasing Steelmaking and Engineering in Sheffield at The Octagon, University of Sheffield

• Centenary Dinner at The Cutlers’ Hall – evening of Wednesday 12th June
Hosted by the Master Cutler, Neil MacDonald. Speakers include John Cridland, Director-general of the Confederation of British Industry

• Works Visits – Thursday 13th June
- Outokumpu Stainless
- Sheffield Forgemasters
- Advanced Manufacturing Park - NAMRC and Nuclear AMRC

Full details at http://www.bssa.org.uk/events.php?id=1881

For some local background and the History of Stainless Steel visit