Steel has been being utilized for centuries, for anything from weapons and armor, to cook pots and utensils. Over these years, men have mastered and re-mastered the art of creating steel, as it doesn’t just come in nice convenient sheets and bolts. As the creative methods improved, so did the uses for steel. The past few decades, future steel buildings have been using this precious metal for commercial, industrial, and residential structures because of its reliability.
Steel has always been stronger then metals like copper and tin, but the steel used today has a far greater strength then the ore of yesteryear. A few years back several universities joined forces, allowing two professors to discover a way to further enhance the positive qualities of steel. It was determined that adding more of specific alloys like aluminum or cementite could increase the flexibility, durability and strength of steel, while making it lighter. These findings were published in Nature, scientific journal.
It appears when cementite is reshaped by stretching and squeezing the metal, the steel itself gets stronger. This is due to that specific alloy stiffening repeatedly, which intensifies the power of the finished product. The most unique aspect of cementite was that it responded much like our vessels and tissues do when put under pressure or stretched. Most metals and alloys do not respond in such a way, making cemetite have unusual biological characteristic similarities. Further studies in the future may lead to an even more powerful, yet flexible version of steel then we currently have.
Since steel is used in virtually all aspects of life, from medical procedures to transportation to buildings, realistically, the stronger the metal the better for us. As the material itself is improved, it only means the quality of the products it becomes, will also improve. This is great news when in reference to structures.
We, as a society, have been using steel for well over 3500 years. It is not surprising that improvements in steel’s strength have been made, especially when it comes to future steel buildings. The safety, security and stability of steel structures are a matter of pride. The evolution of steel is helping these units, regardless of size, to be built to last.