Author Archives: Duncan Ellis

Hot Metal – How Does It Change?

By Duncan Ellis | 30th January, 2018

We know that lots of things undergo changes when they’re heated and metals are no exception. There are a number of common items that actually rely on this very fact, such as thermometers – the rate that mercury expands when heat is applied is so precise that it can be used to accurately show temperature. When dealing with other types of metal, however, having heat applied as either a by-product of function or as a method of treating can give very different results! Heat can affect everything in metal from its size and structure, all the way to its electrical... [read more]

Rebuilding a Car That Never Existed

By Duncan Ellis | 2nd January, 2018

There’s something exceptionally beautiful about how cars work, it’s one of the reasons that there are so many enthusiasts - including us! At its most simple, the car is a tool that allows us to transport people and goods great distances without any us expending any effort. For driving enthusiasts, cars are so much more. Whether it’s the millionaire’s Aston Martin or the man in his garage trying to save a Morris Marina, cars take on their own characteristics and become very life-like! One of the most exciting pieces of news from the car world was Jaguar’s recent ambitious attempt... [read more]

A Closer Look at the Bandsaw

By Duncan Ellis | 5th December, 2017

West Yorkshire Steel are happy to offer a number of different steel processing services – the options that we have mean that we can deliver a range of different products to our customers just as they need them! We decided, however, that it would be good to look into some of the toys that we have on site that help us to cut and shape our steel, starting with the bandsaw. If you’re not sure what a bandsaw is, then imagine an extremely long saw blade and join the two ends together to make a loop. The looped blade is... [read more]

Steel – Your Valuables Are Safe with It?

By Duncan Ellis | 7th November, 2017

We have been accused before of being able to see a metallurgy story just about anywhere we look, but one showed itself last weekend! During the usual Saturday night movie, a heist was being planned – one that would need expertise and a lot of know how because the target was a safe. The problem was that the safe was made from the same steel as the Titanic and it would be impossible to break! This started a thought process, would steel used in early 20th Century shipbuilding really have been suitable for building a safe? Safes and secure storage are... [read more]

Continuous Cast Iron Bar

By Duncan Ellis | 10th October, 2017

Although we may refer to this as the digital age, iron and steel are still the backbone of everything that we build, make and do. Information and digital services may be relishing in cloud systems, collaborative working and the accelerated learning in science, but these applications still have real world roots and the infrastructure that holds the whole thing together is still heavily reliant on physical structures. A lot of technological advances are revolutionary not because they produce something radically different from what went before, but as they allow the desired product to be made faster, cheaper, more efficiently or... [read more]