Some Perspectives on Technological Exchange and International Co-operation in Steel Related Research
In this paper the concept of bridge building is used in order to illustrate the theme "Technological exchange and international co-operation in steel related research". In this context, Mr. Masao Yukawa provides an outstanding example of one who was a great builder of bridges. Bridges of friendship can facilitate communication, bridges of education can enhance knowledge transfer, bridges of innovation are important for the next millennium, and bridges of synergism can span different cultures. The steel used for the hull of the Titanic is taken as an example of how steel chemistry affects steel structure, properties and performance. Some examples are presented to illustrate new technologies for the processing of steels for the next century. In the final analysis, high quality products require high quality processing and both require high quality people. In the coming decades, well-trained people will continue to constitute the critical link in the bridge building process.