Steel research center announced at MSU

By The Associated Press

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University and Severstal North America will locate a 4,000-square-foot Steel Research Center at the Starkville school.

Officials say in a news release that the center with have some of the same capabilities s Severstal’s Columbus plant but on a smaller scale.

MSU plans to commission the center lab-scale melt furnace early this year. The center will be housed inside the Edwards Reactor Building.

Officials say the center is essentially a lab-scale steel mill, complete with a $200,000 electric arc furnace similar to the one at Severstal’s Columbus plant, but smaller. The center will allow MSU to test different chemical compositions for alloys, discover those alloys’ unique properties and determine which alloys have strong potential at the commercial level.