Stainless Steel - 100 Not Out!100 years of Stainless Steel
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2013 marks 100 years since stainless steel was discovered in Sheffield. The BSSA have selected 50 applications and features that demonstrate how stainless steel has influenced our lives so far.

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Stainless Steel Offshore

The Armada Platform

Courtesy of Terry Cavner

accommodation modules

Accommodation modules courtesy of MTE Ltd

The Armada Platform is operated by BG Group and exploits three gas and condensate fields in the Central North Sea. In 2009, new accommodation modules were added to accommodate 59 personnel; the cladding of these modules was corrugated stainless steel.

Even in harsh offshore environments, stainless steels typically require little maintenance. Therefore, the client stipulated that all steel exposed to external conditions should be stainless grade 316 (1.4401); this would avoid a costly maintenance budget over its 30 year design life. Stainless steel is an ideal material for this application because of its high strength and ability to withstand corrosive marine environments over a long period of time.

For further information, please see the Armada Platform Accommodation Modules' case study.

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