How to Evaluate Nickel Alloys

Posted on May 3, 2012 by Reda Abouleish
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Choose machinery made from nickel alloys and stainless steel.

When purchasing nickel alloy bars it is important to keep a checklist of what different traits you need to examine.  Think about the magnetic properties, oxidation and sulfide endurance, the ability to hold up under extreme weather, the hardness of the chosen metal and the rust resistance.   These are all important characteristics to look at when choosing stainless steel or nickel alloys.  But today I am going to be focusing on two qualities that stand out the most: mechanical properties and erosion resistance.

Mechanical Properties

Before putting in an order, talk to a nickel alloy expert about what diverse temperatures the metal performs well in.  You need the product to work effectively whether it is positioned in a room emitting extreme heat or one maintaining consistent, comfortable room temperature.  The operation of the metal should not change.  This is essential to your business operations.  You cannot have machinery suddenly stop functioning due to a temperature change.  A breakdown of equipment puts a dent into your earnings and forces you to use it for repairs.

Erosion Resistance

Using a type of material that cracks, falls apart and rusts is a problem.  These defects affect the entire success rate of a business.  You cannot keep stopping and starting whenever something breaks down. Having a reliable, strong, erosion resistant material keeps your work moving along smoothly.

To find out more call one of our nickel alloy specialists today.

Why University Science Labs Use Stainless Steel

Posted on May 3, 2012 by Reda Abouleish
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Medical, research and university science labs choose to use stainless steel sinks.

Since I started writing this blog, I started noticing stainless steel in various industries and uses.  I have seen it in kitchen appliances, cookware, sterile dental tools and more.  But what I didn’t think about until I took a tour of the Arizona State University’s Science Department is the use of stainless steel laboratory sinks.

I have been commenting about the durability and the ease to clean stainless steel products throughout my blogs; thus, it makes perfect sense to use it in the interior of health, medical and science labs.

When working in a medical research facility you need to be certain your sinks will last and not disintegrate and/or be contaminated by highly toxic chemicals.  You want to get your money’s worth.   You are spending billions of dollars on research, testing medicines and hiring the best in the field.  The thing you need  to worry about is replacing every single station’s sink each month.  Stainless steel allows lab technicians to manage their tasks, clean up easily, and remain healthy and safe.

Stainless steel grade 316 is a common metal used in medical research.  It is erosion resistant and is able to stand up to different temperatures and environments.  Once a lab technician is finished with his/her work then that person can just wipe down the steel clean making this another appealing trait for this metal of choice.

To find out more about how your business and home can benefit from stainless steel and nickel alloy bars give National Specialty Alloys a call today.

Introducing the Stainless Steel Science Center at Universum® Bremen

Posted on May 1, 2012 by Reda Abouleish
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The Universum® Science Center used stainless steel within its architectural design.

Stainless steel has been used for many different educational and science structures throughout the world.  Today we take a closer look at one of the world’s most notable buildings, the new Universum® Science Center.

As soon as you see the building, you realize this is not going to be an ordinary experience in a stereotypical, boring, educational facility.  Just the opposite occurs.  Once the building is within sight feelings of excitement and curiosity begin to stir within.

The first thing you notice is the dramatic resemblance the steel building has to a fish swimming to the water’s surface. The building is completely surrounded by a lake ensuring the affect is clear. To reiterate this concept further, fish scales appear to be covering the entire roof.

These “fish scales” are made out of 35,000 stainless steel shingles intertwined in a right hand and left hand produced pattern fitting the two sides of the “fish.”  This enhances the color effect along each side.  Along with the “fish scales,” the strips of windows along the building divides the fully encircled structure into two halves.  This replicates the image of a fish’s mouth.

The building was designed by architect Thomas Klumpp and is located in Bremen, Germany.

To find out more on how you can use stainless steel to execute your next architectural project, no matter how small or large, call National Specialty Alloys today.

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.

 

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