From the nails that keep down the floorboards in our homes to the steel girders that hold up your verandah, the strength, ductility and durability of steel make it an incredibly versatile material.
However, there is a myriad of unseen ways in which steel is used, such as reinforcing the concrete used in construction.
“Concrete can hold great weight but it has no tensile strength. Without the addition of steel within the concrete it would not be able to stand any tensile stress,” explains Dr Grime.
One of the most important aspects of steel that is too easily overlooked is how recyclable it is.