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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Tidal Power

Courtesy of OpenHydro

 

16m Open-Centre Turbine

Courtesy of OpenHydro

Courtesy of OpenHydro

 

OpenHydro Turbine Research Structure

Courtesy of OpenHydro

The recent announcement about the narrowing gap between capacity and demand for electrical power highlights the need to find new ways of generating this precious resource. Renewable energy will make increasingly important contributions to the energy mix as fossil fuels run out. One such source is tidal power.

One of the greatest advantages over other renewables is the predictability of the energy available from the tides. Therefore the race is on to harness this limitless source of energy. Many different prototypes are being built with different design concepts. One such design uses the same idea as a steam turbine. Turbine blades are fixed to a hub which is driven by the tide within an outer stator, thereby generating electricity.

The movement of the rotor depends on having a smooth, corrosion resistant surface. Stainless steel is the natural choice for such an application, having a long track record in subsea applications.

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