The following webinars on stainless steels have taken or will take place. All ISSF webinars are free of charge. If you would like to receive notifications for upcoming webinars, please contact Jo Claes (claes@issf.org).

Understanding corrosion

Material decay and corrosion are natural processes. Almost all materials will in one way or another decay over time. The effects of corrosion in our daily lives can be seen both in our households, but also in the infrastructure we use to e.g. travel from home to work or school and in the industrial facilities that produce what we need to have comfortable and healthy lives.

Even materials, which we believe to be resistant to corrosion like stainless steels, do corrode in certain circumstances. To protect materials from corrosion we first have to understand why it occurs after which we can find solutions to avoid it as much as possible.

Avoiding corrosion means we can save costs and in extreme situations even save lives.

Webinar details


  • How do we consider material decay and corrosion?
  • Delaying or preventing material decay?
  • Corrosion types in Stainless Steels
  • The corrosion timeline
  • Preventing corrosion; the key considerations


Date and time
Thursday 24 September 2020

This webinar has ended. If you missed it, feel free to watch the video: https://youtu.be/0XYVQ5pelTU
For more information, please contact Jo Claes (claes@issf.org)

Building Bridges for Generations

There are hundreds of thousands of bridges in the world, including over 600,000 in the USA alone. More and more bridges are being built to increase our connectivity. They provide essential trading links between regions and countries. The costs of ongoing maintenance or/and replacement is huge over time and is becoming an unsustainable approach.
Many Bridges are now in a poor condition. Many of these structures were built after World War II with a projected life of 60 years. Bridge usage has been much heavier than planned and the recent approach of cutting maintenance costs has become commonplace resulting in many undesirable safety outcomes.
Life Cycle Cost (LCC) evaluations using stainless steels in critical components of bridges consistently shows the benefits of providing operation with very little maintenance over a lifetime exceeding a century. Stainless steels offer an extremely attractive way of providing structural integrity over unlimited time, as a direct result of their high strength and durability and their excellent corrosion resistance that resists all climates and weather conditions. Whilst the material acquisition costs of stainless steels are higher than competing materials, the massive reduction in lifetime maintenance costs mean that choosing stainless steels becomes the significantly lower cost option over the service life. Furthermore, the reduction in CO2 emissions by avoiding standing traffic during bridge maintenance regimes is another compelling benefit.
Building bridges using stainless steels means building safe bridges for generations.

Webinar Details


  • Introduction to stainless steels
  • Global challenge: build resilient infrastructure
  • Building Bridges for Generations
  • Life Cycle Costing
  • Q&A

Thursday 9 July 2020

This webinar has ended. If you missed it, feel free to watch the video: https://youtu.be/e-lURWiXJt0
For more information, please contact Jo Claes (claes@issf.org)

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