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.
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
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
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