Stainless Steel Reinforcement Queensland Australia

Benefits of Stainless Steel Reinforcement

It is no secret that stainless steel is more expensive than ordinary steel, however here are some reasons to consider using stainless rebar on your next project:

Reasons for Specifying Durinox Stainless Steel Reinforcing Bar:

  • Concrete is a “sponge”. Stainless steel reinforcing bar provides a solution to problems associated with chloride induced corrosion in reinforced concrete structures, particularly in aggressive environments, such as sea water, where early deterioration of carbon steel is a serious problem.
  • Stainless steels are easy to handle, manipulate and weld and can withstand damage and abrasion during installation when compared with galvanized and coated steels.
  • The use of stainless steel rebar will outlast galvanized steel rebar by more than 5 times in a variety of corrosive environments.
  • Stainless steel can be recycled after many years of service meaning; less environmental impact.
  • The enhanced performance of stainless steel will reduce the maintenance and repair costs of a comparable carbon steel reinforced structure. The cost of repeat inspections, traffic interruption for engineering work and perhaps demolition is virtually eliminated.
  • Stainless steel is a cost effective option in structures that have difficult future access for repair or maintenance.
  • Stainless steels’ mechanical strength and corrosion resistance may allow a reduction in the thickness of concrete, which can considerably lighten the weight of a structure. It also equates to cheaper transport costs for prefabricated items.
  • The higher mechanical properties of some grades of stainless over carbon steel may enable the use of reduced metal sections.
  • Stainless is forgiving in installation; it can be flush with the concrete surface without subsequent corrosion risk. Therefore concrete pouring methods, curing, coatings, on-site inspection and special concrete blends may be able to be relaxed.
  • Stainless steel reinforcing should be used in the critical corrosion zones only. If designed correctly, there are no subsequent risks of galvanic corrosion of rebar, when buried in concrete away from the recognized corrosion zones. Joining between stainless and carbon steel can be achieved with couplers or lapping.
  • The durability of stainless steel is attractive to asset owners who often look at the “triple bottom line” (environment, social and financial) when assessing the overall cost of a structure.
  • Austenitic stainless steels have low magnetic permeability and are suited to applications where disturbing strong magnetic fields need to be avoided such as housings for electronic equipment, transformer bases, medical buildings and airports.
  • Austenitic stainless steel retains ductility to temperatures below -196ºC making it suitable for reinforcement of containment systems for LNG and Liquid Oxygen.
  • Stainless steel has low thermal conductivity and high strength at elevated temperatures giving it superior fire and heat resistance qualities compared to standard mild steel.

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