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Whatever the industry, there are always new people entering for the first time and the stainless steel industry is no different. However, the BSSA recognises that there is a continual need for training and education to increase and strengthen the knowledge base of the stainless steel industry. With this in mind the BSSA offers different courses and seminars throughout the year at a variety of different locations. Courses include the new ‘A Beginners Guide to Stainless Steel, the popular ‘Understanding Stainless Steel’ which can be used as a stepping stone to the ‘Stainless Steel Specialist Course’. Other courses and seminars include ‘Heat Treatment: Principles and Practice’, ‘Mechanical Testing Techniques’ and the ‘Fabrication Seminar’.
A Beginners Guide to Stainless Steel is a precursor to the successful Understanding Stainless Steel course. This course runs for 3 hours and is designed to be less technical in content. It is run as a public or in-house course.
This course provides an overview of the types of stainless steel available, with emphasis on structure, properties and end uses.
This course aims to provide a grounding in the heat treatment regimes applied to common industrial metals and relates their properties to the microstructural changes induced by the treatments.
This course gives a grounding in the range of mechanical properties and associated metrics measured for metals together with detailed descriptions of the test methods and equipment used.
The BSSA Stainless Steel Specialist Course is an educational tool which sets an industry standard for knowledge of stainless steel. Providing comprehensive information about all aspects regarding stainless steel.
The modules are designed to assist architects in the design and specification of stainless steel. Currently, there is a choice of four modules:
Stainless Steel for Architects
A general introduction to stainless steel for architects, including grades, standards, properties of stainless steel, EN 10088 specifications, surface finishes, environmental benefits and where to obtain further advice.
Designing Building Exteriors in Stainless Steel
Designed to help architects get the best out of stainless steel in the design of building exteriors. How to avoid practical problems that would give disappointing service/performance, including issues affecting material selection and long term maintenance. Understanding the key factors which affect performance. Practical guidance on design.
Specifying Stainless Steel for Architectural Applications
Provides architects with practical guidance on the specification of stainless steel, including material grade, surface finish and flatness criteria. It also explores factors influencing the cost of different specifications.
Stainless Steel in Swimming Pools
Provides architects and structural engineers with guidance on the use of stainless steels in swimming pool applications; outlines the principles of good design and material selection, and how to avoid pitfalls, such as stress corrosion cracking.
Relevant technical literature published by BSSA, Nickel Institute and Euro Inox will be made available.