Steel Usage in Drilling and Exploration

Posted on November 30, 2012 by admin

The oil and gas industry has surged over the past couple of years in order to compensate with the growing demand of consumption. Along with the boom of oil and gas is also the resurgence of the steel industry. Tubular goods to be used in drilling rigs, pipes, joints, and tubes has made oil and gas exploration much easier.

Since most technological tools for exploration and drilling are made of steel, production of tubular goods has increased by numbers each year. In fact, the American Iron and Steel Institute reported that a steel manufacturer in the US broke an all-time sales record last year with a staggering production of 19.2 million metric tons of steel, all for the drilling industry.

With the fact that the drilling industry and steel go together, it is undeniable why many steelmakers strive to become one of the best steel manufacturers. The innovation of the core drilling method must be backed up with a quality steel manufacturer, the reason why National Specialty Alloys (NSA) makes sure that their line of steel products are quality made, ISO certified, and efficiently delivered.

NSA provides different kinds of steel alloys to be used in industries such as:

  • Water filtration
  • Marine
  • Mixing
  • Pulp and paper
  • Food processing
  • Drilling
  • Chemical; and
  • Pump

Why Steel is Used in the Oil and Gas Industry

Steel is used for the construction of heavy machinery utilized in drilling because it resists oxidation, mainly due to the chromium content. When steel is exposed to oxygen, a chromium oxide film acts as a protective layer. This is also the reason why steel appears shiny.

The metal underneath the steel alloy is protected from water and heat, and even if the surface acquires a scratch, the chromium oxide layer will eventually reform it. Apart from chromium, there are a number of elements which can be alloyed such as:

  • Silicon
  • Titanium
  • Tungsten
  • Nickel
  • Copper
  • Aluminum
  • Nitrogen

The reason why some elements are alloyed is in order to enhance the physical, mechanical and corrosion properties of a specific type of steel.

Oil and Gas Tools

Seamless steel tubes are used in downhole drill motors, sand screens, and perforating guns. Most steelmakers see to it that their products are high resistant in order to yield strength and be able to tolerate tight dimensions.

Tools which are used for drilling and exploration should be able to bear heavy loads, withstand harsh weather and work at high operating speeds. For this reason, an oil and gas drilling company should have a steady and trusted supplier of steel, one which can assure them of providing high quality products such as NSA.


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Why the Dairy and Food Processing Industry Use Stainless Steel

Posted on October 30, 2012 by Reda Abouleish

Prevent the spreading of disease and food contamination by using stainless steel.

It is interesting to discover how the benefits of stainless steel extend beyond personal cookware.  Many home kitchens understand the advantages to cooking with this metal and that is why it is a preferred material for cookware and utensils.  It’s durable, corrosion-resistant and has unsurpassed hygienic traits that other materials do not exhibit.  But did you know this extends to commercial industries too?  I have extensively discussed the uses of this metal in the marine, oil and gas, and environmental clean-up settings but what about the presence of stainless steel in the dairy and food processing business?

Prevents the Contamination of Johne’s Disease in Dairy Cows

Scientists have learned that when farmers use stainless steel water troughs then Johne’s disease within dairy cows is prevented.  According to the USDA, this may save a dairy business as much as “$200,000 per year in a herd of 1,000 dairy cows.”  These financial fatalities mainly consist of a production decrease/profits loss and cover the necessary removal costs of infested animals.

Prohibit Food Contamination through Stainless Steel Tanks

Stainless steel plays a vital factor in the food production industry.  Stainless steel tanks are essential to the effectiveness and success of this business.

Stainless steel does not corrode and is highly rust-resistant meaning when chemicals and food acids come into contact with this material the tanks stays intact.  This preserves the food nutrients and tastes while excluding any undesirable toxins and/or chemicals from entering the mixture.

To find out more about how your business can benefit from using stainless steel and nickel alloys, call us today!

The Relationship Between Stainless Steel and Swimming Pools

Posted on June 20, 2012 by Reda Abouleish

Find out the benefits of using stainless steel for your next pool design project.

Summer time means temperatures are rising, kids are out of school, backyard cookouts are planned and hopefully, somewhere in this summer picturesque scene, a pool is involved.  It is way too hot not to involve endless swimming days into the mix.  With that said, today I am going to focus on pools and the relationship pool design has with stainless steel.

Stainless steel is incorporated into pool design in different ways.  Consider what you need the steel for and where it will be used before diving into purchasing steel for this project.  Think about if you are going to need the steel item to be fully submerged or saturated all the time.  For instance, pool ladders and diving board structures fall into this category.  Alternatively, do you need to design areas that shall only get splashed instead, such as changing rooms, bathrooms and/or seating areas?

Grades 304 and 316 are commonly used for all of the above locations.  For the more drenched areas, choose type 316.  Its crevice corrosion resistance makes it an ideal choice.  Of course,  ask a professional that specializes in steel to discover what your options are and which works best to meet your needs.

For more information on stainless steel and nickel alloys call us today!

Disadvantages of Using Plastic

Posted on February 6, 2012 by Reda Abouleish

Plastic does not break down...even after 100 years. Prevent this from happening by switching to stainless steel.

Kids in schools are learning about the importance of taking care of the environment.  Then they are coming home and teaching us dinosaurs about the importance of changing our eating and drinking habits to prevent us from consuming more than necessary making a negative impact on the environment.  Within that same context, I am learning about the disadvantages to using plastic versus stainless steel.

Plastic contains a harmful substance called BPA.  BPA can cause havoc on one’s own body leading to health complications.  In some instances, BPA has been linked to causing developmental issues in young children, causing prenatal problems for pregnant woman and cancer in others…and that is just the beginning.  Additionally, plastic does not disintegrate.  So what does this mean for consumers?  It means whenever you use plastic it sits in our landfills, pollutes our waters and puts wildlife (and ourselves) in harm’s way.

Make the Switch to Stainless Steel

To prevent any health risks from forming and to protect the environment make the switch to cutting down on using plastic.  It is an easy change to make that has a big impact on the environment and our lives.  It is simple.  Start by bringing to work steel utensils rather than plastic.  Store leftovers at home in glass containers rather than plastic.  Carry around a steel water bottle to the gym rather than plastic.  All of these small changes help prevent further damage to fall upon the earth trickling down to us.

To find out more about stainless steel and nickel alloy bars call us today!


Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas – Think Outside the Box

Posted on January 10, 2012 by Reda Abouleish

Think outside the box this Valentine's Day and buy that special someone new stainless steel appliances.

Every year people rush around last minute to get their significant other Valentine’s Day gifts.  Chocolates and flowers seem to be the most common gift choice.  But why not stand out from years past?  Make this year special by thinking outside of the box.  Here are two Valentine’s Day gift ideas that he/she will appreciate.

Give Brand New Stainless Steel Appliances

Proceed with caution when selecting this gift item because not all women and men will interpret receiving stainless steel appliances as romantic.  But if your spouse has been complaining about the kitchen appliances for years and if he/she believes the kitchen is the heart of the home then this is an ideal gift. It is something that shall last for many years to come.  And who knows?  Maybe your significant other will use the new equipment to cook you a Valentine’s Day dinner.  Just don’t mention it first.  It could be taken the wrong way and then you will be spending Valentine’s Day alone.

Book a Spa or Golf Day

Some people never have enough time to get away from the nuisances of the daily rut so why not book a spa or golf day.  Check out the local spas and golf resorts in your area.  Choose one that has the amenities, packages and promotions you desire.  Spas and a round of golf are a great way for a person to relax and return rejuvenated.

There are a number of unique ways to express how much you appreciate and adore someone.  Make this Valentine’s Day extra special.

To find out about the benefits of using stainless steel and nickel alloy for your business or home call National Alloy Specialists today. We are able to deliver customized orders that meet your specific needs.  It does not matter if you are in the Oil and Gas industry or the Aerospace industry.  Just call one of our specialists today.



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