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The Electro-Thermic Smelting of Iron Ores

Nature volume 96, pages 659660 (10 February 1916) | Download Citation



THE rapid growth of the application of the electric furnace to the metallurgy of iron and steel is certainly the most noteworthy feature of the development of this industry during the last decade. Ten years ago “electric steel” was largely a novelty. Today there is scarcely a branch of this highly diversified and complex industry in which electrothermic heating has failed to secure a footing and to justify itself. This progress is all the more remarkable when it is remembered that the steel manufacturing industry “owing to its age and importance, and also to the capital invested in it, is one of the most conservative and settled of all industries.”1

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