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  1. #1
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    Mar 2010
    New England

    Default "The Discovery of Strong Aluminum"

    Readable and informative:

    "The Discovery of Strong Aluminum"

    The author of the above is worth knowing about:

    Charles Robert Simcoe (March 27, 1923 - February 25, 2017)

    Obituary snippet (from!/Obituary)

    "Charles was a Navy veteran of WWII, serving as a welder on the USS White Marsh (LSD-8) during the invasions of Saipan, Peleliu, Lyte {sic}, Luzon and Okinawa. After the war he studied metallurgical engineering, graduating from Purdue University in 1950. He worked as a research metallurgist studying zirconium, titanium, alloy steels, copper, aluminum and special materials. After his retirement he took a position with the University of Buffalo teaching metallurgy. When he retired from teaching he continued his research and writing, recently completing a book that will be published by the American Society of Materials in 2017."

    Amazon author bio:

    "Charles Robert "Bob" Simcoe became a member of ASM International, formerly the American Society for Metals, in 1950. He attended The Ohio State University and graduated from Purdue University with a degree in metallurgical engineering in 1950. Simcoe became interested in the field while serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II and taking a course in welding and metallurgy during his service. After graduation, his first job was with Westinghouse Atomic Power Division in Pittsburgh, where he studied zirconium, the structural metal for the atomic reactor in the USS Nautilus submarine. After two years, he began work at Battelle Memorial Institute in Columbus, Ohio. He focused on alloy steels and hydrogen in steel and titanium. In 1958, he began work for the Armour Research Foundation in Chicago. He directed a team working on titanium, aluminum, alloy steels, columbium, and other alloys. In 1964, he moved to Lockport, New York, to work for Simonds Saw and Steel. It was here that he worked as an assistant laboratory director, materials manager, and vice president of sales and marketing until he retired in 1985. During his retirement, he consulted with various businesses and worked for Curtiss-Wright in Buffalo, New York. He also taught the metallurgy lab at the State University of New York at Buffalo for six years. During his career, Simcoe wrote articles for Transactions of the ASM, The National Metalworking Weekly, a publication of Centre D'Information Du Cobalt (Brussels), Mechanical Engineering, and the Journal of Metals. He also wrote more than 40 articles for ASM International's Advanced Materials & Processes magazine, which became the basis for this book." {re: "The History of Metals in America" }

    These appear to be chapter drafts of the published work, "The History of Metals in America" (Simcoe and Richards)

    Chapter 1: The Abraham Darbys and the little iron bridge at Coalbrookdale

    Chapter 2: Iron in America 1645 tto 1870

    Chapter 3: The Age of Steel 1870 to 1900

    Chapter 4: The Tool Makers

    Chapter 5: The History of Alloy Steels
    Last edited by tlfamm; 09-12-2019 at 10:54 AM. Reason: Add more bio for C. R. Simcoe

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    Apr 2017
    Kelowna BC


    Interesting obit i have not yet read the other links.
    Whatever we have and use somebody ...or a team of them invented it... and often that is an interesting story in itself..

  3. #3
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    May 2002
    SE Texas


    Wow! I think my knowledge of metal alloys just doubled.

    Thanks for posting.
    Paul A.

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    Southwestern Ontario, Canada


    If I have to worry about what the material is that I'm using, it's the wrong material.
    The shortest distance between two points is a circle of infinite diameter.

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  5. #5
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    May 2006


    Will try to read it when I get the time - right now im looking for "ford grade" aluminum cuz someone told me it was the best...

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    May 2005


    Anything in there on transparent aluminum?

  7. #7
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    Dec 2003
    Palo Alto, California


    Quote Originally Posted by gzig5 View Post
    Anything in there on transparent aluminum?
    Maybe not there, but here:


    Frank Ford

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