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.

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!

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.

 

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