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Meeting 2016 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition
Symposium Bladesmithing Symposium 2016
Presentation Title A Study on the Reproduction of Genuine Damascus Steel Blades
On-Site Speaker (Planned)
Abstract Scope Bradley Nakanishi (, Samuel Wagstaff, Bradley Nakanishi, Ian Chesser, Mary-Elizabeth Wagner and Michael Tarkanian (Faculty Advisor), Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Blade material: the blade is made from a hypereutectoid steel with a banded microstructure that closely replicates genuine Dasmascus steel, which were produced between 200-1800 AD. The processing techniques employed in this study involve forging crucible, or "Wootz," steel ingots containing low levels of certain impurity elements--Vanadium. The processing used and analysis results for our submission in the inaugural TMS Bladesmithing Competition is briefly summarized. The results of subsequent research is presented. This work examines the influence of specific processing parameters, e.g. cooling rate during solidification, in the final pattern, e.g. band spacing and contrast. These results are essential to enhancing pattern quality and rediscovering the authentic process, an art form lost in the early 19th century.
Proceedings Inclusion? Undecided


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