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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Depending on which text editor you’re pasting into, you might have to add the italics to the site name. There are eight types of corrosion in metals as outlined by eStainlessSteel. There are different grades of stainless steel and each resists sulfuric acid corrosion differently as BSSA explains.

Common Traps to Avoid. Scratches and gouges form crevices on the steels surface, allowing entrapment of process reactants or contaminants, providing ideal locations for corrosion.

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. So a ‘Get it right the first time’ approach to stainless fabrication is necessary to gain the best result. Methods of Plating Stainless Steel. Surface damage, defects and contamination arising during fabrication are all potentially harmful to the oxide film that protects stainless steel in service.

The concentration is affected by temperature. Once damaged, corrosion may initiate. The anode end of a battery is corrosive, while the cathode end is passive and no corrosion occurs.

This chromium layer is Angstroms — or millionth of a centimeter — in thickness according to WorldStainless. What Is Tungsten Steel? Wire brushing should only be done with stainless steel bristles that have not been used on any other surface but stainless steel. Sulfuric acid is commonly referred to as battery acid. Stainless Steel for Architects. 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.


Two factors that contribute to the holding strength of this protective, passive layer of chromium are temperature and oxygen availability. Selective leeching is a type of corrosion wherein a fluid will simply remove metal during demineralization or deionization.

BSSA Understanding Stainless Steel “Centenary Edition”

Design, construction and technology. Prevention would be better. Deleterious oxides of chromium may develop on each side and on the under surface of welds and ground areas. Scratches may also contain xtainless steel or other contaminants embedded by the object that caused the scratch. The Place to Start Photographs courtesy of Peritech and Outokumpu.

Care must be taken. Stress corrosion, or chloride stress corrosion, occurs when cracks occur while the metal is under tensile stress.

Also effective is blasting with stainless steel shot, cut wire or new, iron-free sand garnet is a common choice. General cleanliness and removal of potential carbon contaminants such as crayon marks, oil or grease is important in obtaining good weld quality.

A primary goal of the stainless steel industry is to have finished products put into service in a ‘passive’ condition free of corrosive reactions. So, stainless steel expands rapidly with the input of heat that occurs during welding and the heat remains close to the heating source. Based in Sheffield, the Association provides marketing support, technical advice, information, training and education in all aspects of stainless steel. Common causes of surface damage and defects during fabrication include:.

Surface Contaminants Common contaminants likely to attack stainless steel include carbon steel and common salt.

Publication: BSSA Understanding Stainless Steel – Centenary Edition

Designing Building Exteriors in Undestanding Steel. 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. Common contaminants likely to attack stainless steel include carbon steel and common salt. The room temperature numbers of the Duplex Steels are about the same as the Stainless steel is a robust and relatively forgiving material, but adherence to informed, good practice will ensure satisfaction for customers and suppliers alike.


What Is the Conductivity of Copper? Most types of stainless steel can resist low or high concentrations, but it will attack the metal at intermediate temperatures.

Contact us General enquiries: The Scheme gives owners and specifiers of stainless steel sfeel certainty that fabrications using stainless steel will be performed by technically competent industry specialists. Crevice corrosion is understandign found in crevices understansing oxygen is restricted and in low pH environments like sea water.

Clean abrasive disks and clean flapper wheels are commonly used to atainless heat tint and other minor surface imperfections. The protective film reforms after exposure to air. The high temperature characteristics of welding can introduce surface and other defects which must be addressed.

An electrolyte, also known as a corrodant, is any bsa which can pass electric current; this includes water as the Galvanic Corrosion Chart from ThelenChannel. With just a few exceptions — gold, palladium and platinum — all metals corrode. 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.

Distortion can be minimised through using lowest amperage consistent with good weld quality, controlling interpass temperatures and using controlled tack welding, clamping jigs with copper hnderstanding aluminium backing bars as heat sinks on the welds. The most frequently encountered fabrication problem is embedded iron and loose iron particles, which rapidly rust and initiate corrosion. Passivating, unlike pickling, will not cause a marked change in the appearance of the steel surface.