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Stainless Steel Surfaces: A Guide to Alloys, Finishes, Fabrication and Maintenance in Architecture and Art





Stainless Steel Surfaces: A Guide to Alloys, Finishes, Fabrication and Maintenance in Architecture and Art

L. William Zahner

ISBN: 978-1-119-54154-7 August 2019 368 Pages



A full-color guide for architects and design professionals to the selection and application of stainless steel 

Stainless Steel Surfaces offers an authoritative and comprehensive guide to the application of stainless steel to create surfaces for building exteriors, interiors, and art finishes. The first volume in Zahner's Architectural Metals Series, the book is a visual, full-color book filled with the information needed to ensure proper maintenance of stainless steel and suggestions for fabrication techniques. The author—a noted expert in the field—covers a range of topics including the history of the metal, choosing the right alloy, information on a variety of surface and chemical finishes, and facts on corrosion resistance.

Stainless Steel Surfaces is filled with illustrative case studies that offer strategies for designing and executing successful projects using stainless steel. All the books in the Zahner's Architectural Metals Series offer in-depth coverage of today's most commonly used metals in architecture and art. This important book:

•    Contains a comprehensive guide to the use and maintenance of stainless steel surfaces in architecture and art

•    Features full-color images of a range of stainless steel finishes, colors, textures, and forms

•    Presents case studies with performance data that feature strategies on how to design and execute successful projects using stainless steel

•    Offers methods to address corrosion, before and after it occurs

•    Discusses the environmental impact of stainless steel from the creation process through application

•    Explains the significance of the different alloys and the forms available to the designer

•    Discusses what to expect when using stainless steel in various exposures

Architecture professionals, metal fabricators, developers, architecture students and instructors, designers, and artists working with metals, Stainless Steel Surfaces offers a logical framework for the selection and application of stainless steel in all aspects of architecture.


Chapter 1 Introduction to Stainless Steel

Chapter 2 Alloys

Chapter 3 Surface Finishes

Chapter 4 Expectations of the Stainless Steel Surface

Chapter 5 Designing with the Available Forms

Chapter 6 Fabrication Processes

Chapter 7 Corrosion Resistance Characteristics

Chapter 8 Maintaining the Stainless Steel Surface

Appendix A Reference Organizations; Stainless Steel Specifications Specific to Architectural and Art Applications (US and European)

Appendix B Relative Cost of Different Finishes of Wrought Stainless Steel

Appendix C Relative Gloss/Reflectivity of Different Stainless Steel Finishes

Appendix D Designers and Finishes Shown in the Book

Further Reading