How to Evaluate Nickel Alloys

Posted on May 3, 2012 by Reda Abouleish

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

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

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.



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