Could you explain what a "Ferrous Metallurgist" does for someone who is not familiar with this field?
Someone who works with iron containing metal compounds.
Ferrous is an oxidation state of iron (Fe) in the periodic table.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of … metallurgy
No expert in this field. Ferrous equals iron. So I'm assuming a Ferrous Metalurgist would be an expert in the various types of steel that can be produced, iron being the basic ingredient in steel. We know that steel can have all sorts of qualities, hardness, flexibility etc. Hope this is of some help.
A metallurgist is a specialist in the micro-composition of a material, particularly the molecular structure. Using this knowledge he/she is able to suggest possible combinations of materials to achieve specific purposes, such as greater strength or flexibility. A ferrous metallurgist is a specialist-specialist, one concentrating on the behaviour of iron compounds such as the various steels that we rely on so much these days.
I work as a metallurgist and my main area of interest is ferrous metallurgy, which centers around the study and use of cast irons and steels. The main ingredient in these materials is iron, so that is where the word ferrous comes from. It's a great field to work in, very interesting and also with plenty of job opportunities. Some of the best known companies out there such as GE, Caterpillar, John Deere, Honda, even Apple employ metallurgists as many of the parts in their equipment or devices are made of steel. Our job is to make sure the parts have the properties such as strength and toughness to meet the challenges they will experience while in service. For example, an axle shaft for a truck must have a hard, wear resistant surface combined with a tough core so it won't break easily. A steel with a specific combination of additions of other elements such as manganese and carbon is first chosen as the raw material and then the part is produced in a way by heat treating to provide the final properties.
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