How Architects and Building Designers Choose What Steel to Use

Posted on May 28, 2012 by Reda Abouleish
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Different steels are used for distinct purposes. Find out which steel grade meets your project requirements.

Steel comes in many different strengths, weights and finishes.  Due to the diverse attributes steel demonstrates, the same steel would not be used for all objectives.  You will not use the exact steel for a stainless steel bridge and steel rails.  The needs are distinctive.  Let’s take a closer look on how the selection process for such materials is implemented.

When designing a bridge, you need a metal that is able to hold significant weight without fraying or breaking.  You need one that is higher in strength than what is required to ensure the safety of passengers and vehicles.  Also, you need to check the toughness it has to stress corrosion cracking.  Find out if it is able to hold up under extreme weight and able to be welded and joined to other pieces without fracturing or corroding.  The tiniest crack can spread and rupture the entire structure along with anyone on, underneath and near it.  The corrosion resistance is vital. If this type of metal bridge falls apart then the results would be fatal.

Alternatively, if you are looking to produce steel rails then your needs change from the above.  A strong metal that emits outstanding wear opposition is the way to go.

Call one of our stainless steel and nickel alloy experts to find out what steel grade, property and chemical composition would work best for your next project.  Call us today!

 

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