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  1. Sparking risks in explosive gas atmospheres

    Stainless steels cannot be regarded as 'spark free' where there could be a risk of gas ignition by frictional contact. Although the corrosion resistance of stainless steels is better then plain carbon (mild steel), their frictional sparking characteristics and their explosive gas ignition risk is no better. This based on work done by the Health and Safety Laboratory of the Health and Safety Executive at Buxton, UK, in 1995.

  2. Stainless Steel and Sustainable Construction

    This BSSA special report, published in February 2004 aims to provide architects and other building and construction specialist specifiers with an overview of stainless steel in the context of sustainable construction. Firstly the context of sustainable development is discussed and its relevance to the construction industries. The advantages of using stainless steel for building exterior applications such as facades, roofing, balustrades, walkways, guttering and drainage, building interior applications such as lift panels, window and door frames and fittings and swimming pool liners and finally structural applications such as column cladding, brickwork support and wall ties and in fire protection are noted along with its application in concrete reinforcement, bridge and tunnel construction.

  3. Stainless Steel:Its Future as a Sustainable Material

    Paper originally delivered at the BSSA Conference 'Stainless Solutions for a Sustainable Future' held in Rotherham on 3rd April 2003. This paper reviews the maintenance of economic growth in the stainless steel industry The social responsibilities adopted by AvestaPolarit towards its employees, protection of the environment and the ways in which the company has adopted a policy of prudent use of resources are discussed. The life cycle cost benefits of stainless steels are contributing to the market growth and sustainability of stainless steels.

  4. Stainless steels for pipework buried in soil

    Type 304 and 316 have given good performance in many sites worldwide and are suitable for the majority of applications, including distribution of drinking (potable) water. However, where soils are particularly aggressive, alloys providing a higher level of resistance such as 2205 duplex or superaustenitic stainless steels may be required: alternatively external protection may be applied.

  5. Stainless steels for swimming pool building applications - selection, use and avoidance of stress corrosion cracking (SCC)

    Guidelines for the grade selection, design, fabrication, maintenance, cleaning and inspection of stainless steels items for use in swimming pool buildings. Avoidance of stress corrosion cracking (SCC) of safety-critical, load-bearing components. (57)

  6. Sustainablity in Action

    Paper originally delivered at the BSSA Conference 'Stainless Solutions for a Sustainable Future' held in Rotherham on 3rd April 2003. This paper details the sustainable development project set up in South Yorkshire, at the Shepcote Lane site of AvestaPolarit Ltd. The project has been at an embryonic stage for about two years, but its birth is now imminent. The project is an example of how unrelated industries and social inclusion projects can come together to the benefit of all parties. The paper details how the not-for-profit organization, the Green Business Network has brought together the textile and stainless steel industries, in a scheme, which includes the recycling of industrial and municipal waste, as part of a social inclusion venture.

  7. The Changing Nature of Energy in the UK

    Originally presented at the BSSA Conference 'Stainless Solutions for a Sustainable Future' held in Rotherham on 3rd April 2003

  8. Towards the Sustainable Use of Material Resources

    Paper originally delivered at the BSSA Conference 'Stainless Solutions for a Sustainable Future' held in Rotherham on 3rd April 2003. This paper focuses on a project undertaken by the Natural Step in 2002, which considered the way materials are used, rather than the material type. The paper firstly explores the use of the Natural Step Framework for Sustainability before using the Framework in relation to the sustainable use of materials.

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