Steve Sells Posted August 26, 2014 Share Posted August 26, 2014 I am posting this in reguard to a topic in the chat room last nght where I was attempting to explain how many things in heat treating were not fully understood until more recient times, like carbon factoring into the hardening process. In times past, we proceeded to turn iron into steel by route, mearly following what we were taught by our masters, not becasuse of any realy understanding about carbon/iron interactions or phase changes. The following is taken from http://discovery.yukozimo.com In 1722, a scientist named Réaumur, showed how to make steel by combining iron and carbon. Later Antoine Lavoisier would be labled the official “discoverer” of carbon since he classified it as an element in a textbook he wrote in 1789 Carbon has been known to exist since early human history, mostly in the forms of soot and graphite, with diamonds being discovered about four thousand years ago. These forms of carbon are so different, that it that it took a while for scientists to realize that they were all the same element. The discovery of carbon can’t be attributed to one individual. Many people, over a long period of time discovered different forms of carbon. Lavoisier gets the credit, however, since he published information about carbon in his textbook. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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