The efficient operation of public infrastructure has a strong effect on the quality of our daily lives: reliable access to energy and drinking water; the ease of travelling by road, rail, air or water; the safe disposal of waste and sewage; all determine how we live and work. In these sectors, stainless steel plays an important but often unnoticed role.

Stainless steel in infrastructure: bridges

Life Cycle Cost (LCC) evaluations consistently show the benefits of providing operation with as little maintenance as possible over a lifetime exceeding a century. Stainless steels, especially Duplex stainless steels, offer an extremely attractive way of providing structural integrity over unlimited time, thanks to their high strength and their corrosion resistance that meets all climates and weather conditions. The extra cost over a cheap short-term solution is less than 10% when used in the critical areas.

This brochure illustrates the use of stainless steels for road, pedestrian, rail, mixed rail/road/cycles traffic. They are located in hot and cold climates, inland and on the seaside. Various product forms, tubes, tie rods, rebar, plates, fasteners, etc.. have been used, demonstrating the wide range of options available to the architects/civil engineers.

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Stainless steel in infrastructure

Material selection is a decisive factor for the durability of infrastructural buildings and installations. It is the key to maximum availability and low life-cycle cost. The present brochure illustrates examples of stainless steel use in infrastructural applications in different parts of the world. It will foster the exchange of best practice and encourage authorities, private investors and design engineers to consider the stainless steel option whenever they embark upon infrastructural projects.

The brochure is available in English and Chinese [clicking on the language will open the brochure]

Stainless steel in tunnels

Stainless steel is finding increasing use in tunnels for its fire and corrosion resistance properties and long maintenance-free life. This brochure provides detailed case studies to demonstrate why stainless steel is becoming the material of choice in road, rail, metro and long sub-sea tunnels.

The brochure is available in Chinese, English, Japanese, Korean and Spanish [clicking on the language will open the pdf]

Stainless steel in sewage treatment plants

Water – the blue gold of the blue planet, used in so many ways: for agriculture, for the processing and preparation of food and beverages, for heating and cooling, for energy generation, and for the production of a wide spectrum of industrial and consumer goods. About 70% of the world’s surface is covered with water, but less than 3% of it is fresh water, making it a very precious commodity. The use of water produces wastewater. Like any other waste products, wastewater is a valuable, sustainable resource and should be treated appropriately.

This brochure from ISSF will give you more detailed information on where stainless steel is used in sewage treatment plants and why. Operators of WWTPs and the manufacturers of the equipment used in them appreciate stainless steel for a number of reasons. They are very much aware of its technical and economical advantages. Some of their testimonies have also been included in this brochure.

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Road bridges

Stainless steel can be used extensively in road bridges. A few examples are:

Pedestrian bridges

Many pedestrian bridges use stainless steel. A few examples are given here:

Stainless steel in rail links

Besides passenger cars, stainless steel can also help to build the rail infrastructure. Some examples are:

Stainless steel in road tunnels

Stainless steel is finding increasing use in tunnels for its fire and corrosion resistance properties and long maintenance-free life. A few examples are:

Stainless steel in the underground

Stainless steel can be used everywhere in the Underground, the Underground stations and the entrances to those stations. Just a few examples are highlighted below:

Stainless steel in car parks

Stainless steel can be used in car parks for other reasons than aesthetic design, e.g. using stainless steel reinforcing bar in concrete, or using it as an enclosure:

Stainless steel in energy supply

Stainless steel can play an essential role in getting energy where it needs to be. It can help in various ways e.g.:

Use of stainless steel in the infrastructure of harbours, airports and terminals

In harbours, airports and terminals stainless steel is used for a wide range of applications. Some examples are listed below:

Stainless steel in water and sewage equipment

Stainless steel is the obvious choice when contact with water is involved. It has been extensively used in infrastructure for the following applications:

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