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!

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!

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.

To find out more about stainless steel and nickel alloy bars, call us today!

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.

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.

New York City and Steel Go Together

Posted on February 2, 2012 by Reda Abouleish
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Stainless steel is the metal of choice in New York City.

When I roam around New York City I look up, just like any other tourist.  The locals say don’t do it but how can you not.  The magnificent building structures are impossible to ignore.  Architects manipulated steel in such a manner that architectural masterpieces were created throughout the city.  So I decided to dive into stainless steel more and find out how it is made and other attributes about this strong, resilient material.

One of the most noticeable buildings in New York City is the Empire State Building.  It was first incepted by architects who were set on designing the tallest building in New York City.  But they were puzzled on how to make a structure so tall with the heavy metals used in the past, such as iron.  So they did some tests and eventually concluded that a lighter, stronger material has to be used to complete this spectacular building.  Thus, they chose steel.

What is Stainless Steel Fabrication?

The way steel is bent and cut to create any shape, size, structure is referred to as stainless steel fabrication. The metal is lightweight while still being strong, and resistant to corrosion making it the building designers’ top choice.

Stainless Steel versus Carbon Steel

This preferred metal is commonly used in building bridges, oil rigs, and water pumps.  It is able to withstand many different extreme temperatures without faltering.  It is resistant to corrosion, rust and chips keeping repair and replacement costs to a minimum.  All of these traits make steel a much better choice than carbon steel.  For carbon steel is susceptible to rust and corrosion when exposed to air and water.

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

 

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