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BSSA Understanding Stainless Steel – Centenary Edition

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This book was written to help everyone along the supply chain gain a basic understanding of Stainless Steel.

The idea grew out of a series of one day courses run by the British Stainless Steel Association (BSSA). These courses are designed for those who have little knowledge of stainless steel or who need a refresher in the basics. “Understanding Stainless Steel” complements the Understanding Stainless Steel Course and will help those involved in specifying, designing, buying, selling or fabricating this versatile product.

Click here to download a sample from the book to give you a flavour of its contents.

Chapter Headings of the book;

The World of Stainless Steel – a brief overview of applications

History of Stainless Steels

A Little Metallurgy – basic concepts, atoms, compounds etc

Why is stainless steel “stainless”? – explanation of the passive layer

The Structure of Stainless Steels – ferritic, austenitic, martensitic, duplex, precipitation hardening

Types of Stainless Steel – pros and cons of ferritic, austenitic, martensitic, duplex, PH grades

Grade of Stainless Steel – common grades of each basic type with AISI EN equivalents

Magnetic Properties – stainless steels are non-magnetic. Yes and No.

The Testing of Stainless Steels – how to read a test certificate

Corrosion of Stainless Steels

High Temperature Properties

Physical Properties

Ingredients of Stainless Steel – the effects of the elements in stainless steel and grades which show this effect

The Manufacture of Stainless Steel – overview of process routes

Surface Finishes – range of available finishes and influence on corrosion resistance

Fabrication of Stainless Steels

Material Selection

Recycling of Stainless Steel

The Basics of Stainless Steel – summary of most important issues

Common Standards for Stainless Steel – summary of applicable EN standards for stainless steels

Stainless Steel Quiz – test your new knowledge

Glossary of Terms