Emirates Air Line for London Olympics 2012 Features Steel

Posted on June 8, 2012 by Reda Abouleish
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The most expensive cable car system in the world is built for the London Olympics 2012.

The London Olympics 2012 is expected to bring in 10,500 athletes, 8.8 million sold tickets, 37,000 accredited and non-accredited media and all this does not even include the Paralympic Games.  Out of these numbers, an obvious, large dilemma amongst the Olympics Committee started to form.  How is London going to transport spectators back and forth between specific London Olympics and Paralympics’ arenas?  The solution would not be cheap or easy but it had to be done.  Vehicles are not permitted to pass between locations unless they are part of a pre-approved VIP group so what about the rest of the masses?  You do have the underground transportation but it would not be enough.  Thus, the creation of the Emirates Air Line was born.

The Emirates Air Line is the world’s most expensive cable car system spanning across the Thames River in the Eastern part of the city.  The cable system has two towers weighing over several hundred tons each.  For instance, the south tower alone, which is the larger of the two, is made up of 6,500 steel pieces and it weighs approximately 750 tons.

The cable cars can transport around 2,500 people every hour.  Each cable car departs every 30 seconds.  This saves negative impact on pollution and decreases traffic issues from developing further.  To put it into perspective, Emirates Air Line cable system is the equivalent to 30 buses.

Emirates Air Line paid $57 million in sponsorship money to fund the project.  The price for the transport has not been fully decided yet.  City officials estimate the cost of a fare will equal the same amount as a boat ride fare, $8.00.

To find out more about the benefits of building and designing with stainless steel and nickel alloys, please call National Specialty Alloys today.

Preserve the Enviornment by Building with Steel

Posted on June 5, 2012 by Reda Abouleish
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The Radisson Blu in Stockholm is the result of using stainless steel to highlight the environment.

The first use of the word “green” was utilized when referring to environmental movements from the 1970s.  It was a coined word that the masses thought stereotypical tree hugger organizations only used.  Well, the stereotype was not quite accurate for the environmental organizations were focused on improving the environment for all.  It wasn’t always a fabricated hippie-filled group, as some conservatives suggested.  There were environmentally driven organizations consisting of businessmen, politicians, families, community leaders and more.  And what the masses began to take note of was the word “green.” It was becoming a common word used outside of this specific realm.

Commercial and residential industries began to dabble in environmental research trying to find new ways to incorporate available products and services that co-exist in the world without damaging our surroundings.  Through this process the discovery of using stainless steel for “going green” was created.  Today, building designers, engineers and architects are choosing steel as the material of choice for their own projects.

Why Choose Steel?

Steel is an environmentally safe material.  It is able to remain sustainable without taking a toll on the setting around you.  This means it is able to contribute to the style and aesthetic aspect of a building while not losing any of its energy efficient and environmentally driven attributes.  For instance, when a building is destroyed in order to create a new one then the negative impact the demolition has on the environment decreases significantly when using this metal.

One hotel that exemplifies the use of stainless steel enhancing the beautiful natural setting is the Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel in Stockholm Sweden.  This hotel is composed of 13 miles of translucent stainless steel rods.  They are a artistic interpretation of the sky and water.  These specific rods alter the skyline significantly and when looked at you may see a “reminiscence of the Nordic Light,” as stated by the architect himself Hans Forsmark.

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The Advantages of Using 304 Stainless Steel

Posted on June 1, 2012 by Reda Abouleish
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The many benefits of using 304 stainless steel makes it a common choice for commercial and residential projects.

Using 304 stainless steel is a smart choice for your budget’s project and longevity.  It is cost-effective in comparison to other materials.  Its high quality and durability ensures that your product lasts a long time and the design of it is suitable for home and commercial use.

Size Does Matter

Think about what size you need the piece of steel and order it accordingly.  This steel grade can be bent and manipulated into a wide array of shapes and sizes.  Knowing exactly what you need makes the completion date of your project remain on track saving you time and money from having to order and purchase new pieces that do not quite fit in the designated areas.

The strength does not falter when this metal is molded and designed into the measurements you need.  The durability and longevity exists regardless.  It can hold up under extreme circumstances making it a common choice for architects and designers alike.  For instance, the Unisphere (which I have described in great detail in a prior blog) was created using 304 stainless steel.   This put the high level reliability characteristics of this steel in the spotlight.

To find out more call one of our stainless steel and nickel alloy experts today.  He/she will guide you through your purchasing process and ensure you receive what you need.

 

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!

Why the Food Industry Uses Stainless Steel

Posted on May 25, 2012 by Reda Abouleish
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The metal of choice in the food processing industry is stainless steel.

Stainless steel comes in many different grades which are suitable for a wide array of industries.  You can use it for marine, oil and gas, construction and food industry.  Today that is what I am going to focus upon, the food industry.

The food industry has specific needs and requirements that need to be met.  The equipment needs to work effectively and be acceptable to specific food regulation guidelines.  The equipment needs to be easy to clean and manage itself in extreme heat and cold. The equipment has to be sterilized or have the ability to be frequently sterilized without any damage.  Different food acids should not affect it as well.  You do not want to shut down your business solely to replace a piece of equipment, again.  That is money lost on production, replacement and repairs.  Instead, make the wise business decision to switch your equipment to stainless steel.

This metal is used in food manufacturing and processing applications.  The most common grades are 304 and 316.  These are metals frequently chosen for on-contact equipment.  In other words, it is suitable for equipment that touches your food during the processing and manufacturing progression.  These two grades are considered austenitic.

If you choose the correct steel that was precisely designed to hold up under the industry demands then you eliminate the problem of corrosion.  The risk is minimized.  To prolong its life and corrosion resistance abilities choose wisely when it comes to the finish.  Smooth surface finishes for this metal are easy to keep clean which decreases the susceptibility it has to falling apart.

To find out more about the different ways to use stainless steel and nickel alloys in your business call one of our specialists today.

What are Nickel Alloys?

Posted on May 22, 2012 by Reda Abouleish
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Nickel alloys are used in the airlines industry.

The other day I was sitting at the airport waiting for my flight and I was tired of playing Words with Friends on my smartphone so I walked to the big windows to check out the planes.  I watched these massive planes take off.  The amount of thrust the engines require to make the climb and create enough acceleration for the flaps to retract is beyond my non-engineering, non-mechanical, can’t do math brain to comprehend.  But what I did ponder about is something every airplane designer/engineer thinks about.  What material is used to create jet engines that is able to hold up under such extreme conditions?

When producing a jet engine or building an industrial processing plant, choice of materials are essential to the success of the machine, building and/or project.  The key is to think about keeping the repair costs low and finding a metal with longevity abilities.  Nickel definitely answers these concerns.

Nickel is a strong metal with a ferocious ability to resist corrosion and oxidation.   It is customarily mixed with chromium to create stainless steel.  It is a popular metal of choice for many different industries due to is ability to stay strong under extreme conditions.

To find out more about stainless steel and nickel alloy call one of our specialists today!

Why You Should Use Stainless Steel Sinks in Your House

Posted on May 18, 2012 by Reda Abouleish
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Stainless steel sinks work in medical labs and in your home kitchen.

We can all learn something from university science departments and the medical field regarding hygiene and cleanliness.  Both continue to master the ability of maintaining clean, medically safe environments in a simple, easy manner by placing stainless steel sinks throughout.

By having these sinks in accessible areas, companies are stopping the spread of toxic chemicals and germs.  It is effortless to carry germs from your work to home but with stainless steel sinks the flow of spreading negative harmful substances is reduced significantly.  So why wouldn’t you adapt the same philosophy to your own home by using these sinks in your kitchen design?

When cooking in a kitchen, you have similar concerns as many pharmaceutical, science and health departments.  You need to prohibit the spread of food contamination of any sort.  Preserving your family’s health is a priority that is not taken lightly.  Resolve this issue with these sinks.  They are rust resistant, durable and are easy to clean.  If any leftover food items spread then you can stop contamination simply by wiping down the sink.  This also saves you time from having to spend on cleaning the sink and kitchen and more time to spend with the family, especially after serving a large family dinner.  The last thing you want to do after cooking, serving and eating is spend further exhausting energy cleaning up.

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How Stainless Steel is Used in the Automotive Industry

Posted on May 15, 2012 by Reda Abouleish
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Stainless steel cars are durable, rust-resistant and long lasting.

With gas prices soaring and salaries not increasing to reflect this necessary economical change then it is time to think of ways to save money.  Cutting coupons, looking for sales and buying quality long-lasting products that won’t break the budget is the way to go; and there is one type of metal that I rely upon when I need to make a big purchase, such as a new vehicle.  The product is stainless steel.

When buying a vehicle check out the interior and exterior.  Notice the metal used throughout.  It is usually made from stainless steel.

This type of iron carbon alloy is a durable, rust resistant material used in various parts of your car and/or truck.  It is cost effective for manufacturers and holds up under a wide array of extreme conditions.   It is the material of choice for your engine, trim and exhaust system.

The exhaust system is exposed to extremely hot temperatures and needs a solid material capable of managing destructive gases without harming the car.  You do not want to spend a ton of money only to later learn that you need to replace the entire exhaust due to the material falling apart.  Other metals are sometimes used so be sure you are not fooled.  Do a thorough check.

These are only a few examples of how the automotive industry uses stainless steel.  To find out more call one of our nickel alloy experts today.

 

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