A Closer Look at Stainless Steel Round Bars

Posted on August 29, 2012 by Reda Abouleish

stainless-steel-bars-benefits-nickel-alloysStainless steel bars are highly resilient, durable and rugged pieces of metal consisting of little or non-corrosive metals.  As a result, corrosion-resistant traits are embedded into this steel.  This provides the material with a huge advantage versus other construction options; the impervious exhibition to erosion makes it easily workable and effective when utilized in a wide array of extreme environmental settings.  What makes this type of steel unique to other metals is what I refer to as the “chromium factor.”

Chromium is the shared metal used to generate this type of steel.  It is what enables the metal to work under harsh temperatures and circumstances.  It ensures the steel remains intact under physical accounts of highly pressurized situations, effectively manages transporting gases and liquids, and is the ideal option for food processing functions evading contamination.  A minimum of chromium is required for it to perform properly, which is 10.5%.  Other materials used to construct this heavy-duty steel are nickel, manganese and nitrogen.  It is also known to be 100% recyclable due to its ability to be smelted and completed into something else.  This is why it is such a desirable metal to work with for numerous commercial and residential projects in the engineering, architectural, business industries and more.

Find out more about stainless steel and nickel alloys by calling National Specialty Alloys today!

Stainless Steel is featured in 2 Prestigious International Hotels

Posted on August 24, 2012 by Reda Abouleish
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Stainless steel is used in a unique manner at the Miura Hotel by featuring a 30 feet high statue of a man pressing against the property.

There are hotels worldwide that choose to use stainless steel to highlight specific aspects of the structures for interior and external features.  Today I am going to share with you two examples of how stainless steel is used in the utmost highly acclaimed hotels located across the globe.  Let’s start this list with an infamous brand name chain that originated in the USA, Trump International Hotel & Tower®.

Trump seems to own everything.  There is no denying that.  You see him on ads, hosting television shows and his name brand extends to clothing and jewelry lines too but his most prominent founding arena of success stems from his residential and commercial property dealings.

Trump International Hotel & Tower® Chicago is sample of Donald Trump’s legacy and his use of stainless steel for the design and structure of this hotel is remarkable.

Stainless steel and glass adorn this impressive 1,389 feet height hotel.  It has a breathtaking peak that tops out at 1,170 feet.  The stainless steel incorporated in the building is not assigned to one part of the exterior or interior.  It is actually utilized throughout the property.  For instance, there are approximately 45,000 tons of steel bars reinforcing the support of the hotel.  There are bowed, polished stainless steel pieces created to form a division between units of the windows extending beyond 9 inches from the glass line.  Smart applications of this metal are uncovered throughout the property.

Another structure that features stainless steel is the Miura hotel in Czech Republic.   This hotel used the metal in a unique manner by incorporating a 30 feet high stainless steel man pressing against the outside of the hotel.  It is a sculptor created by the artist David Černý who is notorious for his large-scale installations.

To find out more about nickel alloys and stainless steel, call National Specialty Alloys today!

Why Stainless Steel is Right for You

Posted on August 21, 2012 by Reda Abouleish
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Uncover the numerous benefits of stainless steel.

What is Stainless Steel?

Stainless steel is a corrosion resistant steel that repels rust and remains intact against aggressive chemicals, liquids and gases that generally cause other materials to fray, disintegrate and fall apart completely.  Most of these classified steels display a powerful strength against extreme environments and are able to manage escalated and extremely low temperature levels making it suitable for a wide array of uses.

What Categorizes These Metals as Stainless Steel?

All stainless steels carry iron as the main element and include a chromium range percentage, which varies from 10% to 29% (approximately).  The chromium is what ensures the weathering resilient traits.  This composition differs from chromium-nickel stainless steel.

What is the Difference between Carbon and Non-Carbon?

Chromium-nickel stainless steels are metals that contain a small trace of carbon.  The problem with this is the carbon existence makes these materials not impervious to erosion.  This leads most consumers away from the carbon stainless steel options and more towards choosing other stainless steel grades for their next home and commercial projects.

To find out more about nickel alloys and stainless steel talk to one of our specialists today!

The History of Stainless Steel Trains

Posted on August 20, 2012 by Reda Abouleish

stainless-steel-trains-history-benefitsIn the 1930s, the Depression hit affecting many booming businesses including the automobile business.  The E.G. Budd Company was not immune to this negative downfall.  The company saw a serious decline to its car business; thus, they were left with no choice.  They had to start letting go of many of its employees.  A 10,000 people run factory had to be shut down.  This became a problem for Edward Budd himself.  It was rumored that he was quite disturbed by this tragic outcome.  He didn’t want this to occur so he kept thinking about a new endeavor to reclaim the profits and jobs lost from his automobile business.

At this time in history, Budd also learned about stainless steel.  The dome of the Chrysler Building just finished and he was in awe of the shiny material.  He was mesmerized by the beauty, durability and non-corrosion traits of it so he thought he could do something with it.  He was originally thinking about creating products for the airplane industry but the company’s workings with this steel led to his contribution to the history of stainless steel trains.

The Michelin Company knew that Budd was manufacturing with this steel and asked his company to produce a lightweight rail car that would run on Michelin’s tires.  It would offer the railroad business a safe, quiet, fast ride on the track while increasing profits for all parties involved.  As a result, in 1932 a lightweight, stainless steel rail car named Lafayette was designed, built and sent to France.  It was able to hold 32 passengers.  This was the spark of many projects to come including a series of orders for the Reading Company, the Pennsylvania Railroad and the Texas-Pacific Railroad.

To find out more about the history and modern uses of stainless steel and nickel alloys, call National Specialty Alloys today

Why Stainless Steel Works for Indoor Swimming Pools

Posted on August 15, 2012 by Reda Abouleish
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Use stainless steel as the material of choice for your public or private indoor aquatic facilities.

Indoor swimming pools have a wide array of characteristics to choose from.  Just today I took a tour of two different health fitness clubs with two very different indoor pools.  The first one was intended for leisurely family fun while the other was aligned with swimming lanes for serious, get-in-shape members.  One had colorful, posh lights shining upon the water replicating a high-end resort while the family fun one had a no fuss feel.  This is the same with these types of pools throughout the private and public sector.  There are water parks with indoor wave pools, indoor water slides and light fixtures distinct to a facility proving you can find options suitable to any taste.  But one aspect of these indoor pools that was common amongst the two visited facilities (and across the board regardless of the locale) is the room/air temperature.

The air temperature around this type of pool is usually hot, humid and kept that way on purpose to maintain a high level of chemical sanitation.  These chemicals are mainly chlorine- based and placed in around the pool area, the sauna sections, showers, change rooms, etc…  This is why when building an indoor aquatic facility stainless steel is the best option.  Let me explain.

When manufacturing a swimming facility it is important to remember that water will be mixed with chemicals, humidity and high temperatures.  Under such circumstances, certain materials crack and corrode.  High temperatures escalate the corrosion process in several metals and humid droplets of water you find in these areas generate cracks within these metals.  Additionally, the cleaning and maintenance chemicals used alter the state of materials that come into contact with the water, chemicals and humidity; on the other hand, stainless steel remains intact.

Stainless steel is corrosion-resistant, impervious to cracking and remains intact when chemicals react to the metal.   It is easy to clean, stays hygienically sound and does not rust.

To find out more call National Specialty Alloys today!

An Inside Look at ‘RUN’ Located in the Olympic Park

Posted on August 11, 2012 by Reda Abouleish
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'RUN' is one piece of artwork located at the London Olympic Park that uses stainless steel.

Stainless steel is the material of choice at the London Olympics 2012.  The Olympics Committee purposely selected this metal for its durability, sustainability and corrosion-resistant traits.  It was used on the construction of the track and field stadium, the new Emirates cable car mass transit system (designed to transport ticket holders) and the swimming arena.  Another realm where this metal is being shown is through the permanent artwork of many different installations located throughout the competitive zones.

Artwork for the Olympics was created by different internationally-renowned artists with installations located all over London and the surrounding area.  One of these impressive pieces of artwork is called ‘RUN’ by Monica Bonvicini.

‘RUN’ consists of three 30 feet tall letters forming the word ‘RUN.’  It is located at the outside of the Copper Box in Olympic Park.  It is built of mirrored stainless steel and glass.  During the day, the letters act as a mirror.  In the evenings, the letters convert into glowing letters lit by internal LED lighting.  When the artist was asked where the influence derived from she said it was from various “places around the Park” and by the Neil Young song called, “Running Dry.”

To find out more about the benefits of using stainless steel and nickel alloy bars for your next art installation, call National Specialty Alloys today.

Stainless Steel Holds Up Under Extreme Conditions

Posted on August 7, 2012 by Reda Abouleish
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Stainless steel is the preferred choice for North Sea oil rigs due to its durability and corrosion resistant properties.

Stainless steel has a multitude of uses from cookware to US naval ships making it a very versatile metal found in virtually every industry.  It is exceedingly durable and easy to work with rendering it a great solution for commercial and residential solutions.

One of the most sought-after traits of stainless steel is the corrosion resistant property.  When a material begins the corrosion process it becomes weak, contaminated and fails to hold its own under a wide array of environments.  But when stainless steel is selected the damaging effects and costs are eliminated from the process, even when placed under extreme weather conditions.  An example of one such environment is the North Sea.

In the North Sea there are necessary isolated oil rigs standing for expansive oil and gas fields owned by various companies and organizations.  These rigs must exist solo remaining intact under relentless weather conditions.  Additionally, numerous employees live on the rigs so the adaptability of the designated metal to create a safe, comfortable and reliable environment must occur.  Stainless steel is the perfect option to exist alongside such factors.

To find out more about stainless steel and nickel alloy bars, call National Specialty Alloys today.  We are here to ensure you receive what you need and want for your next industrial or home project.

2 Simple Ways to Clean Stainless Steel

Posted on August 1, 2012 by Reda Abouleish

Stainless steel is known to be a corrosion-resistant material that is easy to clean and environmentally safe.  It is the driving force behind creating hygienic machinery and tools for a wide array of industries, including big box businesses pushing home consumer products.  This is another field (consumer home products) where the stainless steel selection is dominant.

A plethora of options are available for stainless steel kitchen appliances, cookware, and kitchen tools.  But as a consumer you want to receive the maximum benefits from it by cleaning this product properly.  Today I am going to share with you two tips on how to achieve this goal.

Use a Mild Dishwashing Soap and Towel

For those stubborn food remnants use a mixture of warm water and mild dishwashing soap.  It is a simple process.  Rinse the cookware thoroughly to avert discoloration and blemishing.   Then take the cloth with the water and soap mixture and wash the cookware down.  Next, rinse it once again before towel drying the cookware completely ensuring no water spots are left upon it.

Try a Stainless Steel Cleaner

There are cleaners specifically created to clean your stainless steel cookware.  You don’t have to use them but it is a good option that helps minimize any scratching from developing further.  Proceed with caution if you use this route.  You want to be sure it works on the desired surface before trying it.

Stainless steel is a rust-resistant, durable, 100% recyclable material that is great for consumer and commercial usage.  Find out more about the benefits of using stainless steel and nickel alloys in your home or business by calling us today!

 

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