Puddling Process.

By Ross Benway, Richard Bridgeman, Triston Harper.

Definition

The Puddling Process is a process of creating iron. It does so by burning away the impurities in crude iron. The process was created by Henry Cort, and proved to be more efficient than other models.

Cause

The Puddling Process was created by Henry Cort in an effort to produce iron more easily. This process was the first metal making system that did not need charcoal to function. This made it much faster, and easier to do. As a result, iron became more widespread as a common metal.

Characteristics

To ensure that the process was completed correctly, someone called a Puddler would stir, and watch over the metal. The puddler was the most highly regarded worker. Being a puddler was dangerous. It required focus, strength and stamina. Most did not live past forty, after wearing out their bodies at work.

Significance

The use of puddling was the reason for the huge boom of the iron industry in Great Britain. This new type of iron was used to build new machines, especially for new means of transportation. Also puddling led to the creation of steel, which was stronger, had a higher quality, and helped build greater things.