3 Common Applications of Stainless Steel

Chase Alloys have been a leading stainless steel stockholder since 1992. In the 20+ years we have been in business, we have supplied stainless steel to a number of businesses all of whom use the metal in different ways. Today we are looking at the some of the most popular uses of stainless steel bars, tubes and sheets.

Architecture & Construction

 

Due to the general low cost and resiliency against vandalism, stainless steel is widely used for roofing, beams and cladding in a great number of buildings. Because these features are extremely desirable, stainless steel is also heavily used in the manufacturing of street furniture and public vending machines.

Carbon steel was at one time heavily favoured over anything else, especially in construction. During the building of bridges, carbon steel was used as a support. However, the reinforced concrete used on the bridge (from limestone) was often introduced to larger amounts of grit salt. Over time this acidic substance would rust the carbon steel and cause it to corrode.

Today, to combat this issue and improve upon the structural integrity of bridges, stainless steel is used.

Kitchenware

 

Kitchenware and cutlery is arguably the most common use of stainless steel, with stainless steel knives, forks and spoons all being mass-produced. For various types and finishes of cutlery, different types and grades of stainless steel can be used. Knives tend to be produced with specially made 410 and 420, whilst most forks and spoons are made with 304 grade stainless steel (a blend of 18/8 stainless steel, nickel and chromium).

The finer knives made from grades such as 410 and 420, can be tempered and hardened so that the piece of cutlery will have a very sharp edge. Whereas the more supple 18/8 stainless steel is easier to contort into different shapes (spoons and forks).

Medical Uses

 

Due to the increased durability of stainless steel, in comparison to carbon steel; it is used primarily in a medical context as a medical implant and for artificial limbs components and hips.

However, stainless steel is also used medically elsewhere outside the body; and can be found in examination machines, orthopaedic beds and storage cabinets.

Outside of the body, stainless steel can be found in various apparatus such as medicine cabinets, examination machines, operating tables and orthopaedic beds. Stainless steel is used for this type of equipment because it is seen to be extremely hygienic and very easy to clean; two features that are vital when dealing with equipment in a medical capacity.

5 Iconic Stainless Steel Sculptures from Around the World

The first thing that comes to mind when thinking of sculptures is traditional clay sculptures sitting in an art gallery.

Stainless Steel has provided a medium now to slow down the use of clay and provide the foreground for some of the most iconic sculptures in the world. Listed below are five of the most interesting, modern and unique sculptures to have ever been made (or yet to be made) of Stainless Steel. Some may be instantly recognised, others may be new but each provides unique landmarks for their countries.

One of the most iconic is the Unisphere in New York, USA. Overused in films, this large spherical sculpture represents the Earth. The Earth is being encircled by three large orbit rings which represent the first manned space missions. Even if you don’t know the Unisphere by name, odds are you have seen the structure used as a backdrop/location for a vast majority of films and television shows. These include; two Marvel blockbusters (Iron Man 2 and Captain America the First Avenger), White Collar, CSI NY, Tomorrowland and even two instalments in the Men in Black franchise (1 & 3). This sculpture has stood strong since 1964/1965. The Unisphere was commissioned to celebrate the true beginning of man’s space age. The Unisphere was designed by architect Gilmore D. Clarke and has become the symbol for the World’s Trade Fair.

Unisphere  in New York, USA

Unisphere in New York, USA

 

Maybe a lesser known structure but equally as unique is the Jerusalem Upside Down in (you guessed it) Jerusalem, Israel. This hourglass-shaped structure is situated at the highest point of the Israel Museum. With Jerusalem being one of the most spiritual in the world (especially being an important location in a variety of faiths, including Catholicism/Christianity and Judaism), this structure aims to signify that. The name simply comes from the sculpture’s purpose; the hourglass flips the city of Jerusalem into the sky. This highlights the spiritual importance of the city as both a heavenly and spiritual place.

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Jerusalem Upside Down in Jerusalem, Israel

 

A more abstract in style sculpture is the Sibelius Monument in Helsinki, Finland. The sculpture aims to emulate the wave-like formations of organ pipes. This is done through the use of over six hundred steel tubes welded together to form the sculpture. The monument was created to pay homage to Finnish composer, Jean Sibelius. The abstract piece was sculpted by Finnish artist Eila Hiltunen and was unveiled to the world in 1967. Much like many of these sculptures, the Sibelius Monument has become a landmark to Finland and attracted thousands of tourists. This iconic landmark has been replicated in a smaller version at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris. A similar concept has even been designed by Hiltunen and is located in the grounds of the United Nations headquarters in New York City.

Sibelius Monument in Helsinki, Finland

Sibelius Monument in Helsinki, Finland

 

Another relatively abstract and iconic piece is the Cones in Canberra, Australia. This piece stretches out for over twenty metres and consists of seven well-polished steel cones. The cones almost interact with their environment by reflecting and distorting the shapes and colours of the trees around the sculpture. The sculpture has been sat within the National Gallery of Australia’s Sculpture Garden since 1982. This geometric stainless steel sculpture was designed by Hebert “Bert” Flugelman. Flugelman specialised in a variety of stainless steel pieces, all very similar in geometrical style as the Cones. A lot of these sculptures can be found across Australia, some of these works include:

  • Festival Sculpture (Tetrahedra) located at the Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide.
  • Mall’s Balls (Spheres) located at Rundle Mall, Adelaide
  • Dobell Memorial (Pyramid Tower) located at Spring Street, Sydney.
Cones in Canberra, Australia

Cones in Canberra, Australia

 

Different from many of the other structures (and closer to home), is the Man of Steel sculpture in Sheffield, UK. Unlike many of the others on this list, this sculpture isn’t actually complete yet. The sculpture has been in development since 2012 and is aimed to be finished in 2016. The “Man of Steel” is set to depict a steel man sat on top of a black coal column. This sculpture is aimed to pay tribute to Harry Brearley’s development of stainless steel in Sheffield over a hundred years ago. The coal base is to add further highlighting to the regions huge coal seams and their contribution to the industry. This new landmark for Sheffield is set to be a fitting replacement to the Tinsley Towers, the large cooling towers of Sheffield that were demolished in August 2008.  The aim is to turn the new sculpture into a profit making tourist attraction, even including a visitor centre and observation deck for tourists to admire the structure in all its glory.

Man of Steel in Sheffield, UK (due to be complete & open to the public by 2016)

Man of Steel in Sheffield, UK (due to be complete & open to the public by 2016)

 

Stainless Steel may play a large role in a lot of the modern buildings and architecture, but it also has a prominent role in some of the most iconic landmarks in the world.

5 Famous Buildings Constructed Using Stainless Steel

Stainless Steel is widely used in building for both practical and cosmetic reasons. From an aesthetic point of view, Stainless Steel is bright and reflective and a perfect complement to glass.

5. Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton.

The Art Gallery of Alberta is a public art gallery showcasing over 6000 works of art. The Gallery, located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; features a huge stainless steel ribbon that wraps around the building, serving both functional and visual elements.

4. Sage, Gateshead.

The Sage is a music and concert hall located on the bank of the river Tyne in Gateshead, in the North of England. From a design point of view, the building features an eye catching curved glass and stainless steel design.

3. The Kelpies, Falkirk.

The Kelpies are two 30 meter horse head sculptures located in Falkirk, Scotland. The Kelpies are constructed from structural steel with a stainless steel cladding. There are 990 unique stainless steel skin-plates used for the cladding of the iconic structure.

2. Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles.

The Walt Disney Concert Hall is home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and a variety of musical events. The skin of the building is made from Stainless Steel, finished in matte; producing a reflective, mirror like exterior.

1. The Chrysler Building, New York.

The Chrysler Building is one of the most iconic buildings in the New York skyline. However, contrary to myth, the spire of the building isn’t made from hubcaps, but in fact, Stainless Steel. Stainless Steel is also used for the Art Deco style sunburst pattern at the top of the building.

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Stainless Steel: Advantages for Design & Aesthetics

Stainless Steel can be used for a variety of applications. However, its popularity isn’t only due to its practicality, but also its aesthetic appearance.

Stainless Steel is bright, reflective and easy to maintain. A Stainless Steel surface doesn’t fade, smudge or rust; making it ideal for domestic purposes such as kitchen counter tops or appliances.

Stainless Steel is also extremely durable and can be moulded into a variety of shapes. Steel’s durability combined with the appearance of its surface, is one of the primary reasons for its widespread use in building.

Some famous buildings constructed from of Stainless Steel include the top of the Chrysler Building in New York, the exterior of the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, and the exterior of the Jin Mao Tower in Shanghai.

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