The realm of metallurgy has been a part of our existence since humans started extracting metal from the Earth. Through trial and error, the practical .. Read more and artistic side of metallurgy developed as humankind created various methods for casting, alloying, heat treating, joining, and forming metals. How to work the metal happened long before understanding why these methods worked. Examples of products fabricated encompass tools, weapons, consumer products for daily use, and ornamental creations for cultural rituals and trade. During the past two centuries, the realm of science infiltrated the artisan's lair and people started to understand the why of basic metallurgical operations and how to apply the fundamentals to more complex fabrication methods.This presentation will be a series of case studies that illustrate the science and engineering of metallurgy as they apply to real life scenarios.
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