The original production of iron was through high temperature chemical reactions produced in a coke fuelled
in which iron ore was combined with coke, ignited, and the resultant reaction expelled slag,
and other impurities, leaving a spongy mass of relatively pure iron
The important part of this process, was the Coke.
Coke is formed when coal of a high quality is heated in an AIRLESS
environment, so that decomposition begins, but the mixture does not
What remains from coke formation is basically pure carbon, ready to accept oxygen for the combustion reaction, without hydrogen, oxygen, or other
My hypothesis, is that the technology for coke formation was used on wrought iron plates, laminated between sheets of
, and then heated in the same type of furnace used to produce coke... Maybe even
the SAME furnace used to produce coke, to save energy and time.
The lack of oxygen in the air prevented the carbon in the paper from combustion, and the high temperature caused a molecular breakdown of the
cellulose, that combined chemically with the wrought iron to form Cementite
This process could be accomplished in the same furnace that the coke was being manufactured in.
This seems a altogether natural extension of both iron production, and coke production technologies.
Furthermore, the shape of the cellulose in the paper would make cementite nano-wires an extremely plausible end product of this technique, as well as
Sooooo..... what do you think?
edit on 23-1-2013 by ErtaiNaGia because: (no reason given)