This book is an unusual combination of theory and laboratory practice in the area of ferrous metallurgy. It covers properties of raw materials, coal and coke, liquid and gaseous fuels, iron ore agglomeration, iron ore reduction, steelmaking, and ingot casting.

Divided into eleven chapters, the book begins by providing means of identification of materials by using simple means.

The other chapters include such topics as density and porosity, angle of repose, raw material strength, coal and coke for iron making units, liquid and gaseous fuels, pelletisation of iron ore fines, iron ore sintering, iron ore reduction and swelling, steelmaking and casting. All the chapters give the relevant theory and test procedures followed by experiments.

The book is designed primarily for undergraduate students in metallurgical engineering to help them perform laboratory experiments.

The author has filled a missing gap in the metallurgical literature. The book may be the first of its type.

The author, Dr R C Gupta, has been engaged in teaching and research in the field of Ferrous Metallurgy for more than four decades at Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi, India. He has supervised the research work of more than 80 students for their degrees and published more than 120 research papers in various journals and proceedings.

Reviewer Prof Fathi Habashi

R C Gupta, Theory and Laboratory Experiments in Ferrous Metallurgy, 344 pages 18 x 23.5cm, soft cover, ISBN 978-81-203-3924-8, published by Prentice Hall of India, New Delhi 2010, Rs 325 (about US $7). www.phindia.com