Ask an Expert: Fashion Forward with Steel

Ask an Expert: Fashion Forward with Steel

Naim Josefi took this year’s Stockholm Fashion Week by storm with his 2017 F/W GANGS collection. The pieces were not only beautiful with shiny sequins and edgy denim pieces, they embodied the perfect collaboration between science and design. That’s what Josefi is known for. The Swedish designer is more like a scientist, always searching for new technology to not only express his creativity but also his beliefs about equality, empowerment and sustainability. How does he come up with his designs? “All my collections are built on scientific research. Technology helps me realize complex ideas and thoughts,” said Josefi. For the GANGS collection, his complex ideas were expressed through the use of steel, laser printing and 3D printing technology. “During the...

The Road to Sustainability Using Steel Slag for Asphalt Roads

The Road to Sustainability: Using Steel Slag for Asphalt Roads

Asphalt, blacktop, pavement. It is everywhere. In the U.S. alone, there are over 2.7 million miles of paved roads, 94 percent of which is surfaced with asphalt. One of the ingredients of asphalt is steel slag, a by-product of the steel and iron production processes. Steelmakers like POSCO are putting the sustainable, recycled material to use to make roads stronger and safer. What are Asphalt Roads Made of? Asphalt roads are made of a mixture of aggregates, binders and fillers. The aggregates are typically iron and/or steel slag, sand, gravel or crushed rock, and they are bound together with asphalt itself, which is a bitumen. Asphalt comes from natural deposits, or more commonly, as a by-product of the petroleum industry....

What it Takes to Build a Natural-Disaster-Proof House

What it Takes to Build a Natural-Disaster-Proof House

It has been an incredibly tumultuous year in terms of weather and natural disasters, with many deadly storms around the world. In honor of the upcoming World Tsunami Awareness Day on November 5, here are some homes around the world that were built to withstand the effects of extreme weather with the help of steel. Weather Events of 2017 2017 saw some of the worst natural disasters across the globe. The Atlantic hurricane season hit hard, and Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria were especially devastating. Hurricane Harvey caused 82 direct deaths, and an estimated USD 180 billion worth of damage. Hurricane Irma swept across 9 U.S. states leaving 75 people dead and damage costs of USD 50 to 100 billion....

What the Chinese Cruise Market Can Mean for the Shipbuilding Industry

What the Chinese Cruise Market Can Mean for the Shipbuilding Industry

While international shipbuilding, offshore equipment, and related markets are waning, the cruise sector is leading the way for recovery. According to sources, cruise shipbuilding accounted for 43 percent of global new shipbuilding orders. Nowhere is growth stronger than in China Unlike in most developed countries, many of China’s younger citizens (25- to 45-year-olds) are able to afford a cruise. According to Cruise Lines International Association’s Senior Vice President of Strategic Marketing and Communications, Lorri Christou, the Asian cruise industry is seeing more travelers than ever. Executive Vice President of the China Cruise and Yacht Industry Association, Zheng Weihand, expects 2.5 million travelers by 2020, 4.5 million by 2025, and seven million by 2030. The growing demand is having a positive...

The Role of Iron in Big History

How the Death of a Star Led to the Fourth Industrial Revolution

From September 26 to November 26, the National Museum of Korea is holding a special exhibition called “Metal, Iron and Steel: The Cultural History of Iron” to shed light on the role and value of iron in human history. It’s a common theme, and the images that pop into mind may be of early humans during the Iron Age. But according to Professor Seohyung Kim of Inha University, the history of iron precedes the history of life, and so historians need to look back to the beginning of the universe to fully understand the way iron has shaped humankind and its environment. She gave a special lecture called “History of Iron: Universe, Life and Human,” as part of the exhibition...

Ask an Expert The Role of Steel in a Changing Oil Industry

Ask an Expert: The Role of Steel in a Changing Oil Industry

The transitions sweeping the energy industry in the US are profound and would have been unimaginable fifteen years ago. To a large extent, they have been determined by markets and technology more than government policy or environmental activism. Consider some of the bigger shifts in the US energy industry: The Shale Revolution The “shale revolution” has impacted the entire energy system in the US and worldwide. Although the elements of horizontal drilling and fracking had been known for decades, it was the entrepreneurial genius of men like George Mitchell of Houston who found the way to link these technologies and apply them commercially. It resulted in the US going from a natural gas importer to an exporter of pipeline gas...

Innovative Metal Applications in Everyday Electronic Products_

Innovative Metal Applications in Everyday Electronic Products

You would think that metals are typically used for the most part in building and bridge construction. But today, thanks to technological advances, their use has expanded enormously. In this spirit, The Steel Wire highlights the innovative use of metals in household appliances and electronic devices from air conditioners and cameras to laptops. Read on to see how innovative applications of metals have the power to present a new, more efficient way to live. Breeze-Free Air Conditioner with Metal Cooling Panel There may have been those even in the heat this past summer who didn’t want to use air conditioners due to direct blasts of cold air. Here’s good news: Samsung’s “breeze-free” air conditioner, Q9500, maintains a stable room temperature...

It’s Time to Clean Out the Pipes with Stainless Steel

It’s Time to Clean Out the Pipes with Stainless Steel

We rely on water, for everything from hygiene to industry. What the majority of people don’t think about every day is exactly how that water gets delivered, and whether or not the system is working well. In truth, underneath homes and businesses, there are water pipelines that are rapidly reaching the end of their life cycle. Aging Water Pipeline Systems Around the World Outdated water pipelines systems such as prestressed concrete cylinder pipelines (PCCP), lead pipes and corrosive iron pipes are causing problems worldwide. PCCP is common throughout the U.S. They are large in diameter, meaning that when they fail, it can be catastrophic. PCCP failures have ruptured and leaked, cracked and dented, or otherwise ceased to hold up to...

AI for steel production

Iron Age 2.0: The Fourth Industrial Revolution and the Steel Industry

The fourth industrial revolution has impacted the steel industry from all sides, from production processes to value chain and competition. Steel has been evolving since the first industrial revolution, which brought with it steam engines, moving into electricity and conveyor belts in the second revolution, to the third industrial revolution and its personal computers and internet access. The fourth industrial revolution is heralded by big data, the internet of things, artificial intelligence, virtual reality and augmented reality, 3D printing and other technological innovations. It’s happening at rapid speed. The steel industry needs to keep up and take advantage of all that this revolution has to offer. However, the industrial revolution did not happen overnight, and advancements in human development traces...

Going Autonomous: The Transformation of the Transportation Industry

Going Autonomous: The Transformation of the Transportation Industry

Planes, trains, and automobiles — they have been the arteries of the transportation industry for a long time. These vehicles, along with other methods of transportation, remain vital as autonomous transportation emerges in full. Many people have heard of self-driving cars, but this is just one example of unmanned, autonomous transportation. Ferries, pods, drones, and other vehicles are all part of the innovative trend toward vehicles that operate on their own, providing great opportunities to companies looking to invest. Why Should People Care About Autonomous Transportation? Autonomous transportation is emerging across the world, from personal vehicles to Tesla’s proposed semi trucks that drive in convoy with a lead vehicle handling autonomous follow trucks. Intel is also planning to test a...

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