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!

How to Transform Your Kitchen with Stainless Steel

Posted on March 29, 2012 by Reda Abouleish
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A stainless steel kitchen island is just one way you could use this metal to enhance your kitchen look and value.

Have you ever toured a home that was at the top of your buying list until you walked into the kitchen?  What a deflated feeling that is.  Many times this happens to buyers and the homes with the least impressive kitchens tend to be the ones crossed off their potential new home list.

Pay Attention to Your Kitchen

Does your kitchen stand out?  It should be the best looking room in the entire house.  It is one of the most important rooms so the attention and money spent in it needs to be substantial.  It truly is the heart of the home that brings in the most monetary value.  It can transform an old, dingy looking 1980s kitchen into a modern era just by updating the hardware and cabinets.  Using stainless steel is one way to do this.

By changing cabinets from wood to steel you update the home instantly and buyers notice.  It emits an impression of elegance, sleekness and richness while remaining cost effective, easy to clean and environmentally friendly.  It is a metal that is 100% recyclable making it appealing to home buyers, builders and contractors.  It also does not rot or fade away like wood.  The replacement and maintenance costs are low saving you money.

This material does not have to solely be preserved for the indoors.  It works great for outside living spaces too.

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

Olympics 2012 Presents the London Aquatic Center

Posted on March 26, 2012 by Reda Abouleish
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The London Aquatic Center by Zaha Hadid is built with a steel roof that bends, twists and contracts in response to the weather conditions outside.

The entire world is ready to watch the Summer Olympics unfold and without hesitation I can honestly say the swimming events are by far my favorite.  This year the event will be held at the new, impressive London Olympics Aquatic Center.

This massive structure was designed by Zaha Hadid.  It is being described as an iconic structure that will be present and used in London even after the Olympics games.  The design was created with waves and water movement in mind.  The unique style of it is already being highlighted in world renowned architectural journals and exhibited in the infamous global media coverage for the London Olympics 2012.

The Aquatic Center holds 17,500 cheering Olympic fans at time.  It will host water polo, swimming, diving and synchronized swimming.  There is also a drying area for competitors.

Protecting the sporting events and fans is a wave-like steel roof.

Introducing the London Aquatic Center Steel Roof

The colossal roof alone is a remarkable sight to see.  It consists of a 30m steel truss weighing over 70 tons located at the southern wall of the roof.  This truss connects to 10 other steel trusses, which are broken down into 4 sections covering up to 120m across before reaching the two northern roof supports.

What separates this roof from past aquatic venues is its capability to expand, twist and contract in response to the London weather.

This is only the first of many blogs National Specialty Alloys will cover regarding London’s Olympic structures.

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Why Stainless Steel is the Preferred Metal for City Furniture

Posted on March 21, 2012 by Reda Abouleish
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City planners save tax payers money by using stainless steel.

There are many things to consider when making city improvements to public areas.  The city has to think about choosing materials that are cost-effective and long lasting.  A material that is durable enough to hold a wide range of weight limitations.  A piece of metal that does not fray or fall apart when it is raining, snowing, high winds, flash floods and extreme heat occur.  Stainless steel meets all these specifications making it an easy decision amongst city designers.

Think about city-wide furniture and sights you see.  There is everything from billboards to parking benches to public park garbage cans made from stainless steel.  It is a chosen metal that saves the city money on replacement and maintenance expenses.  In this economy that is especially important.  Too many cities are under the risk of financial collapse while tax payers have no more money to spare.

Check out the local parks where your kids play. What material are the jungle gym, basketball hoops, benches and see-saws made from?  The majority of the time it is all created from stainless steel.

In prior generations, some city parks would use a type of cast iron metal that was painted over with acrylic gloss finish.  This causes issues.  The paint chips exposing the ugly layers underneath leaving it in danger eroding quickly.  But city officials realized it was becoming a money pit.  Tax payer dollars were exhausted on furniture and playground replacement when the entire problem could be resolved by utilizing stainless steel.

To find out more about how your town could benefit from switching to stainless steel and nickel alloy bars, call one of our experienced, specialized and reputable experts today.

Stainless Steel Contributes to Solar Energy

Posted on March 16, 2012 by Reda Abouleish
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Learn what role stainless steel plays in creating solar energy.

My neighbors are looking for ways to save energy and spend less money so we started talking about solar energy.  The idea of using the sun’s rays and turning it into energy for the home sounds appealing.  But what are solar panels made of?  How is stainless steel incorporated into this alternate power source process?  Here is an inside look on the role stainless steel plays in solar energy.

Solar panels are made from stainless steel that has been compacted into sheets.   These sheets are then placed on building and home structures.  The sheets are placed directly on and parallel to the top of the structure creating a solid structurally based roof that also functions as a solar catcher.

Why Choose Stainless Steel?

Manufacturers choose to work with this metal for its durability and narrowness.   The metal does not erode, fade away or disintegrate into nothing.  It stays together and withstands extreme heat and cold.  It works with a wide array of looks and industries too.  It also saves you on maintenance and replacement costs due to its long lasting capabilities.

To find out what role stainless steel plays in solar energy call National Specialty Alloys today.  One of our experienced and knowledgeable specialists is here ready to take your questions.

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Spring Training Stadiums and March Madness Tournament Facilities Use Stainless Steel

Posted on March 15, 2012 by Reda Abouleish
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Sports arenas and Spring Training Stadiums rely on steel for design and purpose.

Being a sports enthusiast, I am ecstatic to watch March Madness and Spring Training unfold.  The stadiums and facilities the tournaments and games are played in are massive.  They exhibit a wide span area with high ceilings without the need of many columns and posts distracting the fans and players alike.

Why Stainless Steel?

When building a sporting facility you need to think about the enormous amount of people that go in and out of it on a regular basis.  There will be a significant amount of wear and tear.  You do not want to use a material that needs constant upkeep and maintenance.  Choose a metal that does not fall apart but rather lasts through time.  A metal that is capable of supporting much weight under immense physical pressure.  A material proficient enough in keeping a building temperature cool, does not react to extreme heat and is resistant to erosion.  Stainless steel fulfills all of these requirements and more.

Stainless Steel Tubes

The stainless steel tube is a hollow cylinder used for structural purposes in a building or resident. The rust-resistant trait makes it an ideal choice to transport water, liquids and gas.  It does not react to other materials and extreme environmental conditions.  It also has the ability to be welded, if need-be.

To find out more about stainless steel and nickel alloy please call one of our experts today.

How to Buy a Stainless Steel Sheet

Posted on March 8, 2012 by Reda Abouleish
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Look for various grades and finishes when buying stainless steel.

How can you tell if the steel sheet you are buying is worth the price?  What should you look at to determine if it is right for your project?  Before purchasing a stainless steel sheet there are a few things to look for.  Here is a guideline on how to buy a stainless steel sheet to ensure you get your money’s worth.

Check Out the Finish

Are you looking for a modern, sleek look or a more industrial makeover?  Imagine what you wish the final project to look like and allow that vision to guide you through the finishing options.  It makes the buying process easier if you already have in mind what you desire.

Steel comes in different finishes that serve various aesthetic purposes.  For instance, a satin finish is a technique that creates a soft sheen to the metal.  The affect is created by a soft-scrubbing method leaving the metal looking shiny.  A brushed finish provides the metal with a pattern formed from small scratches all running in a matching direction.  A mirror polish provides the steel sheet with a gleaming, smooth look.  These are all things to consider before making your purchase.

Choose a Grade

I have written extensively about different steel grades and the objective of each one (see How to Choose High Grade Stainless Steel).  I am reminding you about it now because deciding on what grade should definitely be another determining factor aiding you to make your decision.

To find out more about what stainless steel or nickel alloy is right for you, call National Specialty Alloys today.  We are your worldwide distributor available to answer your questions and meet your needs.

Apple Products Use Stainless Steel

Posted on March 7, 2012 by Reda Abouleish
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Apple iPod Nano exhibits stainless steel enclosures.

Apple is a company that thinks about every aspect of their products and how to improve the next model in comparison to the prior.  This goes into every detail including the design of the Clickwheel on an iPod Nano, the curves of a MacBook, and the updated cameras used in the new iPad 3.  With that said, it comes to no surprise  that with the Apple name  a conscience decision is made into what materials to use in the creation of these technological advances.

When creating the iPod Touch, Apple thought about what material would be durable, long lasting, stylish, recyclable and functional to use in the product.  The metal exhibiting all these traits and meeting these requirements is stainless steel.

The Tech Industry Turns to Stainless Steel

Computers need to remain dry, clean and dust free.  Its parts need to work under different temperatures, conditions and settings.  Some computers are utilized in food processing plants where extreme heat and cold are emitted throughout the work area.  Other technological gadgets may be present on an industrial boat.  Designing a computer with steel enclosures ensures the electronics work properly no matter the setting of your business.

To learn more about the wide array of uses and industries stainless steel and nickel alloy bars are utilized in call one of our experts today.  We have trained, knowledgeable and professional specialists waiting to take your call.

 

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