Why Stainless Steel Works for Indoor Swimming Pools

Posted on August 15, 2012 by Reda Abouleish
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Use stainless steel as the material of choice for your public or private indoor aquatic facilities.

Indoor swimming pools have a wide array of characteristics to choose from.  Just today I took a tour of two different health fitness clubs with two very different indoor pools.  The first one was intended for leisurely family fun while the other was aligned with swimming lanes for serious, get-in-shape members.  One had colorful, posh lights shining upon the water replicating a high-end resort while the family fun one had a no fuss feel.  This is the same with these types of pools throughout the private and public sector.  There are water parks with indoor wave pools, indoor water slides and light fixtures distinct to a facility proving you can find options suitable to any taste.  But one aspect of these indoor pools that was common amongst the two visited facilities (and across the board regardless of the locale) is the room/air temperature.

The air temperature around this type of pool is usually hot, humid and kept that way on purpose to maintain a high level of chemical sanitation.  These chemicals are mainly chlorine- based and placed in around the pool area, the sauna sections, showers, change rooms, etc…  This is why when building an indoor aquatic facility stainless steel is the best option.  Let me explain.

When manufacturing a swimming facility it is important to remember that water will be mixed with chemicals, humidity and high temperatures.  Under such circumstances, certain materials crack and corrode.  High temperatures escalate the corrosion process in several metals and humid droplets of water you find in these areas generate cracks within these metals.  Additionally, the cleaning and maintenance chemicals used alter the state of materials that come into contact with the water, chemicals and humidity; on the other hand, stainless steel remains intact.

Stainless steel is corrosion-resistant, impervious to cracking and remains intact when chemicals react to the metal.   It is easy to clean, stays hygienically sound and does not rust.

To find out more call National Specialty Alloys today!

Why Stainless Steel is the Perfect Sustainable Material Choice for Builders and Architects

Posted on July 8, 2012 by Reda Abouleish
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Stainless steel is an ideal sustainable material for your next project.

There are many reasons why stainless steel is an ideal choice for architects and engineers.  It is an environmentally friendly material that is visually pleasing, purposeful and adaptable to various industries, sizes and shapes.  Modern design seems to be relying upon it more than traditional materials for these reasons.  It can display different details and architectural looks while still delivering high quality, durable and corrosion-resistant traits.

2 Advantages to Choosing Stainless Steel

Reusable

If someone must tear down the material and rebuild over it without saving a building and/or project then the architect does not fret about the affects it has on the environment.  Stainless steel can be dissolved using specific methods.  Once this is completed, the material can be reused, reduced and recycled into something new ensuring the metal is not wasted or left to remain without purpose polluting the land.

Conserves Energy

Some building materials need to be treated before it is able to conserve energy.  For instance, if you do not use stainless steel material to transfer and preserve the coolness of an air conditioning then the results can be unpredictable.  Save yourself the headache.  Stainless steel comes with a highly solar reflective index value that does not need to be applied and reapplied.  It is a characteristic embedded into the metal meaning you do not have to waste time, money and material on reapplying and replacing it to ensure energy conservation.

To find out more about stainless steel and nickel alloys call National Specialty Alloys today.

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!

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.

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!

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.

3 Stainless Steel Staircase Ideas

Posted on December 21, 2011 by Reda Abouleish
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Stainless steel staircases are a great way to add interest to a home or office space.

There are many different stainless steel staircase designs available for you on the market today that come in different shapes matching your home or office vibe.  These stairs add an architecturally interesting element to what may be considered by some as an otherwise boring structure.  Here are some stainless steel staircase ideas to consider during your next renovation or new build.

Spiral staircases may exhibit intricate detail or simple, sleek modern lines covering a wide spectrum of taste and décor.  The name is a direct reflection of its build.  It is created in the shape of a spiral with each step encompassing approximately a twelfth of the stairs.  There is a central column located as a support to each step.  The key to executing this correctly is to take accurate measurements and dimensions before constructing it.  If you are unsure on how to proceed seek out a professional who has worked with stainless steel spiral staircases before.

Another staircase available to fulfill your creative needs is the “L’ shaped stairs.  These are stairs that work with or without railings.  To maximize the stairs one blogger suggested creating extra storage to the bottom of these stairs in the form of drawers.  You could store shoes, books, school bags or whatever you need in this easily accessible area.

The third idea is a simple, common design referred to as vertical stairs.  This is a great option for smaller homes or office buildings.  It does not seem to take up as much space and you can still make the look original by painting them with a touch of color.

No matter what your staircase needs ar, stainless steel is a safe, durable, aesthetically pleasing element to add to your next home/office renovation or new build.

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

 

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