Online Information Centre for Stainless Steel in Construction
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This resource provides information on the design, specification, manufacture and maintenance of stainless steel architectural components. The ‘Design and Technology’ section includes structural and performance information on stainless steel and reviews production and finishing techniques. The ‘Case Studies’ section provides numerous examples of the contemporary use of stainless steel in architecture. In each case the design criteria, finish, joining techniques, structural drawings and images for the stainless steel element are described and presented. The Appendices summarise the standards relating to stainless steel, the mechanical and physical properties the product range and the finish designation.
This resource is a guide aimed to provide engineers, architects and fabricators with the properties and capabilities of iron, carbon steel and stainless steel castings. Castings provide high strength, ductility and toughness, efficient production methods, excellent surface finish, and have good welding and machining characteristics. These properties allow savings on materials and minimise manufacturing costs. This guide explains the basic processes and techniques of castings and provides information for the designer on welding, surface finishes, tolerances and inspection and testing methods. It emphasises the importance of correct specification of the casting techniques and the appropriate level of quality. The procurement process is explained and illustrated with flowcharts. Appendices give examples of recent projects using structural castings, including 4 detailed case histories featuring main truss connections, glazing connections, beam to column connections and compression members in a bridge. Lists of sources of further information and the addresses of some UK foundries are also given.
This resource explains fire testing and fire rating of stainless steel components. Stainless steels do not have an intrinsic fire rating but all families (austenitic, duplex, ferritic) have inherent oxidation resistance and elevated temperature strength. Testing is done on specific grades under precise conditions according to BS 476 Parts 20, 21 (load bearing elements) and 22 (non load bearing elements). The results of fire test show that for load bearing applications stainless steel has better heat resistance than carbon steels, melting at 1375 degrees C and maintaining 55% of its ambient temperature 0.2% proof stress at 800 degrees C.
This resource provides engineers authoritative, practical guidance on designing, specifying and using stainless steel reinforcement. It is intended to help engineers to decide when and where stainless steel could or should be used as reinforcement.
This resource is a technical guide to designing stainless steel reinforced concrete. For suitable grades of stainless steel, information is given on the chemical composition and corrosion properties, particularly resistance to chloride attack and carbonation and mechanical properties (stress-strain relationship, heat resistance and fatigue). Guidance on handling, installation and welding stainless steel reinforcing bar is also given. The optimum concrete mix is also discussed with relation to preventing corrosion.
- Gatehouse in The Hague, Netherlands
- Café in Berlin, Germany
- Pavilion in Zürich, Switzerland
- Opera house in Copenhagen, Denmark
- Bank building in Vienna, Austria
- Hotel restaurant in Zürich, Switzerland
- Museum in Paris, France
- Metro station in Paris, France
- Museum in Stift Klosterneuburg, Austria
- University in Paris, France - College extension in Cheltenham, England
- Café in Vienna, Austria
- Bank building in Lodi, Italy
- Museum in Augsburg, Germany
- Showroom in Milan, Italy
- Staircase in an exhibition room in Bologna, Italy
This resource is an information sheet about the design of stainless steel cold formed angles used to support the outer leaf of masonry cladding in buildings. It covers the design method for deflection and stress calculations which model the angle as a propped cantilever and is validated for a set range of support angles. Two design examples are then presented to illustrate the described method. Finally the ‘Good Construction Practice’ section notes the key points for angle and fixing details, construction details and recommended construction sequence.
No matter what the buidling type or application, a door is expected to remain functional, secure and attractive for the life of the building. Fire, blast and sound resistance; ease of cleaning; and corrosion resistance are all practical reasons for selecting stainless steel doors, but they can also have decorative raised design and elaborate surface finishes which provide limitless creative design possibilities.
It can sometimes be difficult to find a ready reference for the key properties of stainless steel. The International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF) has published a new brochure which lists a comprehensive range of authoritative publications on this topic.
The corrosion resistant properties of stainless steels are well known to engineers and designers, as well as the general public. But other important properties may be less known, and stainless steel is frequently a good solution for reasons other than corrosion resistance.
ISSF has developed this brochure to provide a handy reference source to help engineers and designers to decide whether to use stainless steel, and, if so, which grade to use. The brochure has chapters dealing with a wide range of relevant topics, from abrasion resistance to fire resistance and further on to mechanical and physical properties. The publications to which it refers can be downloaded from links provided in the brochure.
This resource is an guide to stainless steel and its use as a roofing material. The mechanical, physical and environmental properties of stainless steel are described and a cost comparison is presented against carbon steel. Guidance is given on grade and finish selection, compatibility and required corrosion resistance. Detailed roof design is described, considering the shape, folding operations and fasteners. Finally best practice techniques for welding to achieve water tightness is discussed.