The BSSA. • Who we are! • What we do! • Stainless Steel. • Types and Structure. • Properties: mechanical, physical, corrosion resistance. marks the th anniversary of stainless steels. To mark this event, Alan Harrison of the British Stainless Steel Association (BSSA) has revised his popular . The BSSA Guide to Understanding Stainless Steel is now available to buy. Designed to give a basic knowledge of stainless steel to people.

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Other common sources of contamination are abrasives previously used on carbon steel, carbon steel wire brushes, grinding dust and weld spatter from carbon steel operations, introducing iron filings by walking on stainless steel and iron embedded or smeared on surfaces during layout and handling. Stainless steel is a robust and relatively forgiving material, but adherence to informed, good practice will ensure satisfaction for customers and suppliers alike.

These processes remove, in a controlled manner, from the affected areas, the dark oxide film and a thin layer of metal under it, leaving a clean, defect-free surface.

Sulfuric acid is commonly referred to as battery acid. The Accreditation Scheme criteria requires all fabricators to conform to stringent standards of competence, training and education, personal and professional conduct, adhering to a Code of Ethics and a Code of Practice, and committing themselves to continuing competency development.

The protective film reforms after exposure to air. What Is the Conductivity of Copper? Designed to help architects get the best out of stainless steel in the design of building exteriors. Residual adhesives from tape and protective plastic sometimes remain on surfaces when they are stripped.

Once damaged, corrosion may initiate. Practical guidance on design. Scratches and Mechanical Damage Scratches and gouges form crevices on the steels surface, allowing entrapment of process reactants or contaminants, providing ideal locations for corrosion.

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Passivation involves treating stainless steel surfaces with, usually, dilute nitric acid solutions or pastes.

Stainless Fabrication: Common Traps to Avoid

The anode end of a battery is corrosive, while the cathode end is passive and no corrosion occurs. This corrosion happens when two different metals are introduced within the same electrolyte environment. Dust and grime arising during fabrication may contain these contaminants and should be prevented from settling on stainless steels. Stainless steel is best installed last to avoid damage during construction.

Based in Sheffield, the Association provides marketing support, technical advice, information, training and education in all aspects of stainless steel.

Understanding the key factors which affect performance. So a ‘Get it right the first time’ approach to stainless fabrication stedl necessary to stainlesw the best result. Welding The high temperature characteristics of welding can introduce surface and other defects which must be addressed.

Common Traps to Avoid. Provides architects with understanring guidance on the specification of stainless steel, including material grade, surface finish and flatness criteria, and factors influencing the cost of different specifications.

Specifying Stainless Steel for Architectural Applications. Installation Stainless steel is best installed last to avoid damage during construction.

Publication: BSSA Understanding Stainless Steel – Centenary Edition

The Superduplex steel offers a slight improvement with 45 percent at room temperature. Design, construction and technology.

Depending on which text editor you’re pasting into, you might have to add the italics to the site name. There are different grades of stainless steel and each resists sulfuric acid corrosion differently as BSSA explains. How Does Rust Spread? Deleterious oxides of chromium may develop staknless each side and on the under surface of welds and ground areas.

British Stainless Steel Association (BSSA)

Passivation Passivation involves treating stainless steel surfaces with, usually, dilute nitric acid solutions or pastes. Care must be taken. Crevice corrosion is commonly found in crevices where oxygen is restricted and in low pH environments like sea water. Distortion Stainless steel has a relatively high coefficient of thermal expansion coupled with low thermal conductivity, at least compared with carbon steel. Nitric acid treatments will remove free iron, but not iron oxide contaminants.


Oil, grease, fingerprints, crayon, paint and chalk marks may also contain products that can provide crevices for localised corrosion and also act as shields to chemical and electrochemical cleaning.

Also, careful storage and handling including protective coating films are required prior to and during installation to minimise risk of damage to the stainless steel structure. Pitting occurs when the protective layer of the stainless steel is penetrated creating an anodic spot.

Duplex Steel is more resistant as the heat rises. If left to harden, adhesives form sites for crevice corrosion and are difficult to remove. She has been writing professionally since and has used her knowledge of programming, Web development and auto repair to share in her writing what she learns from her day-to-day adventures.

A common misconception is that stainless steel is percent corrosion resistant as explained by eStainlessSteel. There are eight types of corrosion in metals as outlined by eStainlessSteel. Wire brushing should only be done with stainless steel bristles that have not been used on any other surface but stainless steel. With just a few exceptions — gold, palladium and platinum — all metals corrode.


This includes stainless steel. What Is Electrolytic Copper?

This process removes contaminants and allows for a passive film to be formed on a fresh surface, following grinding, machining etc. Selective leeching is a type of corrosion wherein a fluid will simply remove metal during demineralization or deionization.