The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 9 (1921) > Issues > Issue 1 > The corrosion of iron and steel, with special reference to reinforced concrete
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The corrosion of iron and steel, with special reference to reinforced concrete

Owing to the unprecedented importance of iron in its relation to modern civilisation the early history of the metal possesses peculiar fascination for the antiquary. It is safe to assert that the wonderful progress which has marked our path during the last 1OO years would not have been possible had not the earth possessed an abundant supply of iron ore. In whichever direction we cast our eyes, articles of iron, large and small, essential and ornamental, meet our gaze. It is iron in some form or other that constitutes the backbone both of our railways and of our mercantile marine. Without these rapid means of transport the huge populations of London and our larger cities could not be fed and supplied with the necessaries of civilised life as we know it today. Again, reinforced concrete, in which we are all specially interested, owes what strength and adaptability it possesses almost entirely to its iron frame. I am sufficiently optimistic to believe that a brilliant future is already assured for this material. J. Newton Friend