The Modern Stainless Steel Pipe

Posted on April 30, 2012 by Reda Abouleish
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Stainless steel pipes are used in construction due to its corrosion resistance and strength.

Stainless steel is found in many different industries throughout the world.  You can see it in medical, oil and gas, marine and in construction.  It is very popular in these arenas due to its corrosion resistance and durability.  Today, steel comes in many different grades and finishes suitable to meet a wide array of environmental settings and functions.

You are able to order a stainless steel pipe in a welded or a seamless version.  Some experts state that a seamless piping is stronger than welded.  On the other hand, a welded pipe is produced from a flat-rolled steel which provides it with a better wall uniformity than seamless.  So how do you make your choice?   Examine what is the purpose of the metal and what are the specifications you need.  To be certain, call one of our stainless steel and nickel alloy bar experts.  We are here to answer whatever questions you may have and guide you down the right path.

Another aspect to think about is the shape.  This metal pipe comes in different forms.  You may choose from square, round, rectangular and more.  Check out our large selection and decide what silhouette works best for you.

When building private homes, residential buildings and commercial property think about material you using to contain flammable gases, transport water and preserve heat.  These steel pieces are ideal for such scenarios.

To find out more call National Specialty Alloys today.  We are your worldwide distributor of stainless steel and nickel alloy bars.

An Inside Peak at the World’s Largest Steel Globe

Posted on April 26, 2012 by Reda Abouleish
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The Unisphere is the world's largest global steel structure.

There are many infamous steel structures located throughout the world.  We have touched on a few public art sculptures, the Eiffel Tower and the London Olympics Aquatic Center.  Today, let’s highlight the world’s largest steel global structure, the Unisphere.

For the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair, the Fair Committee searched for an iconic sculpture design that would represent global interdependence and celebrate the launch of the new space age era.  Derived from these parameters the Unisphere was created.

The Unisphere was funded by the United States Steel Corporation and constructed by the American Bridge Company.  It is a 12 story high, 700,000 pounds globe made from Type 304L stainless steel.  It was conceived by Gilmore Clarke and is located in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in the borough of Queens, New York City.

What separates this structure from other steel works during that time period is the unusual lighting effects.  At night, the fair featured the structure by shining intense lighting onto the surface.  The effect of the lighting against the shiny, steel surface emitted an image of a sunrise moving across the Earth.  Furthermore, in the original design there were four light bulbs placed in each nation’s capitals and indicating the Kahnawake Indian Reservation.  This was done as homage to the iron workers from the Reservation that worked on the structure.

There are many different stainless steel works of art in public, free spaces.  Check out what exists in your local area today.

To find out more about stainless steel and nickel alloy bars contact National Specialty Alloys.

Stainless Steel Public Art Sculptures

Posted on April 24, 2012 by Reda Abouleish
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On the left is the "Spirit of Light" and on the right is Perre’s Ventaglio III.

Many cities around the world choose to display stainless steel sculptures for many reasons. One, there is virtually no need for any special care or cleaning instructions to follow keeping city maintenance costs down.  Also, these works of art make a statement. They are available in a public setting encouraging the masses to interact, admire and enjoy different infamous pieces of art.   Here are two global steel sculptures that stand out to me.

Let’s Take a Look at the Olympic Sculpture Park

The Seattle Art Museum Olympic Park is an impressive, free entry, nine acre open space designed to exhibit art.  One of the sculptures that stands out the most is Perre’s Ventaglio III.

In 1967, Perre’s Ventaglio III was created by the artist Beverly Pepper.   The artist was known for her colossal works of art and this particular piece is no exception.  It is a massive, outdoor, large scale steel structure created out of four cubic forms.  It displays an interesting geometric shape with reflections of the sky and its surroundings, which are visible upon the highly reflective material of the sculpture itself emitting an intended optical illusion.

Introducing the Spirit of Light

At the base of the Nigara Mohawk Building in Syracuse New York is a stainless steel sculpture called Spirit of Light.  Spirit of Light is a 28 foot high statue of a male figure with arms extended from which rays of light look similar to sporting giant wings.

To find out more about stainless steel and nickel alloy bars call National Specialty Alloys today.

Finding the Right Stainless Steel Supplier

Posted on April 19, 2012 by Reda Abouleish
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It does not matter if you are building an homage to the San Francisco Federal Building or need steel tubing for your company's food processing plant. National Specialty Alloys is here to help you!

Turning to your local home improvement store is not always the best idea when purchasing stainless steel products.  The selection is limited and/or the amount you need is not currently in stock.  These two factors hinder you from buying in bulk putting your entire project on-hold until further supplies are ordered.  This wastes time and money; both of which you have none of.  Instead turn to us, National Specialty Alloys.  We carry affordable, high quality products available to fulfill your next order.  We are your worldwide distributor of stainless steel and nickel alloy bars.

What is the First Step to Buying Steel?

The first step is to tell your representative what you need the steel tubing for.  Is it for a gas tank, oil rig or a marine related use?  If so, then he/she will guide you through the steel grades that are best suited for such settings.  There are also specific steel grades used for food processing, medical industry, heat exchangers, housing and more.  Your knowledgeable, experienced and reputable specialist will steer you in the right direction.

There are other factors to consider too. Think about the finish.  What look do you wish your project to exhibit?  What is the overall aesthetic?  If it is for high end, multi-residential buildings then your options are different than tubes required for a pharmaceutical plant.  But don’t worry or stress.  Your specialist will help you narrow down your choices until you reach the ideal, customized order created especially for you.

Find out more by calling us today.

London’s Steel Tower Bridge

Posted on April 17, 2012 by Reda Abouleish
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While visiting London during Olympics 2012 be sure to walk on the steel Tower Bridge.

I just returned from a phenomenal trip through England.  I saw the coast of England, visited different harbor towns and spent time in London itself.  The sites were beautiful, the water was gorgeous, the people were great but one place stood out more than the rest, the London’s Tower Bridge.

The Tower Bridge is not the London Bridge

The need for the Tower Bridge became abundantly clear in the 19th Century.  A significant increase in commercial business occurred in the East End of London requiring a new river crossing but a traditional fixed bridge would not do.  This would cut off the needed access to the port facilities between the London Bridge and the Tower of London.  So the London “Subway Committee” opened up a design competition to the public in order to find the perfect solution.  Over 50 designs were submitted and in October 1844 London’s own architect, Horace Jones and his partner John Wolfe Barry were selected to create the Tower Bridge.

The Tower Bridge took over 11,000 tons of steel to build the framework for the towers and walkways.  Then the framework was covered in granite and stone to shield the underlying steelwork and to provide the Bridge with a more aesthetically pleasing appearance.

To find out more about how to use stainless steel for your next project, call National Specialty Alloys today.

An Inside Look at The London Olympic Stadium 2012 and Kapoor’s Orbit

Posted on April 2, 2012 by Reda Abouleish
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What do you think of Kapoor's steel structure? Hideous or genius work of art?

This year, there is a conscience effort to integrate the importance of sustainable living and recycling efforts throughout the duration of The Games. One way London has chosen to spotlight this matter to the world was in the building of the stadium itself.

The London Olympic Stadium Uses Lightweight Steel for the Top Ring

This stadium is being described as “the most sustainable ever built.” The entire top loop was produced from surplus gas pipes while the lower section was created with a minimal need for steel and concrete by having the stadium sit within a basin in the ground. It holds 80,000 people during the competition but only 25,000 are permanent seats. The temporary upper tier seating is created from a combination of lightweight steel and concrete which shall be removed afterwards. This allows it to be used for a wide array of events after it is all over.

UK’s Largest Public Piece of Art is Created from Steel 

Another structure designed for the London Olympics is the ArcelorMittal Orbit.  It stands 377 feet high, has a 1,150 spiral staircase and weighs about 1,400 tons.  It is created by the internationally known sculpture Anish Kapoor.  It has received mixed reactions amongst onlookers.  Some describe it as a symbol of what engineering and art can do when brought together by saying it is a great addition to the city and the Olympic Games.  On the other hand, critics have bashed this piece of art.  It is being mentioned as a hideous steel structure that emulates the construction of a poorly made, dangerous roller coaster.  No matter what your opinion is there is no mistaken the use of steel throughout the piece.  Check out the 2012 London Olympics and let National Specialty Alloys know what you think.

To find out how you can incorporate stainless steel or nickel alloy bars to your next project, call National Specialty Alloys today!

 

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