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AD 338: Guidance on the use of stainless steel

The Advisory Desk is often asked questions related to the use of stainless steel in construction. Questions typically concern design, fabrication, erection, corrosion and other general aspects. The purpose of this Advisory Desk Note is to give a summary of useful sources of relevant guidance for architects and engineers, most of which is freely available on-line.

Resources developed by SCI

SCI has developed extensive guidance on the design of stainless steel and hosts two web sites from where information may be downloaded (www.steel-stainless.org and www.stainlessconstruction.com). The following resources may be obtained from those web sites or, in some cases, paper copies or CDs are available.

Design Manual for Structural Stainless Steel, Third Edition

This Euro Inox publication offers comprehensive design guidance aligned to the Eurocodes. The publication may be downloaded from www.steel-stainless.org/designmanual Paper copies or CD copies may be ordered from the Euro Inox web site (www.euro-inox.org) A commentary giving the background to the recommendations is also available, on-line.

Structural Design of Stainless Steel

This SCI publication (P291) offers comprehensive design guidance, including design tables, for design to British Standards. The publication may be downloaded from www.steel-stainless.org/uksoftware or from www.steelbiz.org Paper copies may be ordered from Steelbiz or directly from SCI.

Architects’ Guide to Stainless Steel

This SCI publication (P179) provides technical information and includes a number of case studies. A paper copy may be ordered through Steelbiz or directly from SCI. Alternatively, a web site of the publication, with additional case studies, is available at www.steel-stainless.org/architects 

Design software for stainless steel

Design software for stainless steel structural sections to the Eurocodes is available from www.steel-stainless.org/software The software includes fire resistant design and refers to a database of hot rolled and laser welded sections as well as enabling the user to define the dimensions of a range of cold formed sections. Design software in accordance with British Standards is available at www.steel-stainless.org/uksoftware

Online Information Centre for Stainless Steel in Construction

This on-line database contains over 100 resources concerning the design, specification, fabrication and installation of stainless steel in construction. Information may be accessed from www.stainlessconstruction.com

Stainless SteelCAL

SteelCAL provides computer aided learning modules for students and young practising engineers and architects. The modules are available in English, Portuguese and Spanish. The modules may be accessed through www.steel-stainless.org/steelcal 

Information & Guidance on the Use of Stainless Steel in the Water Industry

Guidance on grade selection, durability, design, fabrication and maintenance for water industry applications may be downloaded from www.stainlessconstruction.com/Specification/General

Euro Inox

Euro Inox is the European market development association for stainless steel and its web site www.euro-inox.org provides extensive guidance on the use of stainless steel, including some of the above mentioned documents. Further relevant publications are:

Erection and Installation of Stainless Steel Structural Components

This Euro Inox publication (which was drafted by SCI) provides guidance on site practice for stainless steel construction.  The publication may be downloaded from the web site or a paper copy may be ordered from that site.

Stainless Steel in Contact with Other Metallic Materials. Materials and application Series, Volume 10

This Euro Inox publication (latest issue, 2009) describes the principles of galvanic corrosion and the main parameters that allow designers to estimate corrosion risk.

Other resources Electronic advisory

The British Stainless Steel Association provides a web-based advisory service on all aspects of stainless steel.  It may be accessed at www.bssa.org.uk

In addition to these resources, designers should be aware that two new European specifications were issued in May 2009, covering stainless steel in construction:

BS EN 10088-4:2009 Stainless steels. Technical delivery conditions for sheet/plate and strip of corrosion resisting steels for construction purposes

BS EN 10088-5: 2009 Stainless steels. Technical delivery conditions for bars, rods, wire, sections and bright products of corrosion resisting steels for construction purposes

Contact: Nancy Baddoo
Tel: 01344 636525
Email: advisory@steel-sci.com

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