Soldier's helmet made of Hadfield's manganese steel, 1882-1884.

Image number: 10304506

Soldier's helmet made of Hadfield's manganese steel, 1882-1884.

Sir Robert Hadfield (1858-1940) invented manganese steel in 1882, and it was the first malleable, non-magnetic, ferrous product. It becomes harder and stiffer when worked cold so is very resistant to wear and abrasion. Manganese steel was used for soldier's helmets in World War I, and this example which has been tested under impact, demonstrates its stiffness.

Image number:
10304506
Credit:
Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
Date taken:
28 October 2003 11:34
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Science Museum