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Of or pertaining to any element, compound or alloy that conducts both heat and electricity.

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Metals; Iron

Very early type of furnace for reducing iron ore directly into wrought iron. Product was of poor quality as it was never molten. Slag was generally removed by hammering, but some ...

blast furnace

Metals; Iron

Furnace built like a tower for reducing ore into metal. Can be used as part of non ferrus metal reduction, but is normally associated with iron production. Ore (iron ore for iron ...

Bessemer process

Metals; Iron

Process by which high quality steel is produced from molten pig iron. Now superseded by other methods, the process was patented by Henry Bessemer is 1856. The molten iron is ...

Siemens open hearth furnace

Metals; Iron

Following the sucessful introduction of the Bessemer process for producing steel, the Siemens process was devised. It can be regarded as an updated and enlarged version of the ...


Metals; Iron

a substance composed of two or more metals, or of a metal or metals with a nonmetal, intimately mixed, as by fusion or electrodeposition.