D2 tool steel information – over 100 years at the cutting edge

D2 is a high carbon, high chromium, molybdenum vanadium alloy tool steel. After hardening D2 achieves a high hardness with high compressive strength. It has excellent dimensional stability in hardening which makes this a quality through hardening steel with good retention to tempering. D2 is very popular for tolls that require very high wear resistance combined with moderate toughness and shock resistance. D2 has good through hardening properties and maintains good stability during heat treatment. It can also provide a measure of corrosion resistance when polished. [read more]

EN24 steel information – strength in steel for over 100 years

What is EN24? EN24 is a 1.5% nickel, 1% chromium, 0.2% molybdenum alloy steel which has a long history dating back over 100 years. EN24 can be heat treated to a wide range of tensile strengths from 850-1000 N/mm² (‘T’ condition) up to 1550 N/mm² (‘Z’ condition). Heat treated EN24 offers high tensile strength combined with good ductility and resistance to shock. At low temperatures good impact values can be obtained. In this blog we explain a little about the characteristics and history of this well established steel grade. [read more]

Have you heard of Jet Man, Sir Frank Whittle?

West Yorkshire Steel has a strong respect for engineering and innovation, along with a soft spot for forward thinkers and mavericks! History is littered examples of those ahead of their time, but while the names of Einstein and Turing have been appreciated for their vision, it’s possible you’re unfamiliar with Sir Frank Whittle, despite potentially relying on his invention. [read more]

Could mining be a natural process?

The idea of being sustainable is no longer a niche concern and is in fact a driving factor behind why customers choose certain products and why companies undergo extensive changes – all to reduce environmental impact. What people may not realise is that ‘green thinking’ goes way beyond the companies you’d expect to be concerned about it. [read more]

A look at how the United States was built on steel

There are traces of the long and vibrant history of steel visible across West Yorkshire; it’s clear the see both the heritage of the material and its modern scientific face. Although the area has always been linked with ironmaking, steel is a global product and has shaped landscapes, economies and possibly even culture across the world. [read more]