Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Using Stainless Steel to keep a castle connected to the mainland.




Stainless UK have supplied 650m² of stainless steel reinforcing mesh and nearly 3000 stainless steel bars for use in repair works to the causeway and sea walls at historic St Michael’s Mount in Cornwall.







St Michael’s Mount is a small tidal island off the Cornish coast that can only be accessed by a man made causeway between mid tide and low water. The island has been inhabited since Neolithic times and the monastic buildings currently found on the summit date back to the 12th Century. In early 2014 the severe winter storms that battered the South West caused significant damage to the granite setts causeway and the sea walls that help form the islands harbour. In late 2014 major repair works were started to repair the damaged structures.





To assist in the repairs, Stainless UK manufactured in their Sheffield factory, 90 custom made stainless steel type A252 reinforcement mesh panels in 2 different sizes. In addition, over 3,000 cut and bent ribbed reinforcement bars and smooth dowel bars were supplied to the site. All the steel supplied for the work on the island, through builders merchant Jewsons, was grade 316 stainless steel specified for its long term durability in this harsh coastal environment.


For over 20 years, Stainless UK have been supplying stainless steel products for use in coastal repair works. Projects include Ilfracombe harbour, the sea wall at Dawlish, Beaumaris pier and Greve De Lecq in Jersey.


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http://www.bssa.org.uk/latestnews.php?id=2558

Friday, 29 July 2016

The five tonne polished stainless steel Concorde nose cone.


When aero-engine specialists acquired the nose cone rescued from the iconic Concorde prototype they contacted Sebastian as he had worked on the design of the BA Concorde's passenger experience and interior design. From the resulting conversations came a plan to create a piece of sculpture repurposing the Concorde nose that would celebrate the intersection of art and technology.



 

The resulting art piece was inspired by sonic waves that the aircraft would have made by surfing the earth's atmosphere at over Mach II. Fabricated from five tonnes of polished stainless steel, burr walnut, and bronze, the sculpture is over seven metres long. The sculptural form swivels on an Olympus main bearing and shows the nose tilted, as it would have been on take-off.


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http://sebastianconran.com/project/orange-aero

Monday, 25 July 2016

$3m+ for one of the most expensive Stainless Steel watch ever.



Phillips has lined up the star lot to end them all for its fourth watch auction in Geneva in November.


Phillips has set an estimate of US $3m+ on the stainless steel Patek Philippe ref.1518 it will put under the hammer at its Geneva saleroom at the beginning of November.

The watch is one of four known to exist and has never been offered at auction before.

Phillips has previous form in achieving record sums for stainless steel Pateks. In 2015 it achieved nearly $5m for a stainless steel single-button chronograph, reference 130, $3.3m for a stainless steel split seconds chronograph, reference 1436 and $1.2m for a stainless steel chronograph, ref. 1463.


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Sources:
http://www.watchpro.com/phillips-to-sell-holy-grail-stainless-steel-patek-in-november/



Friday, 17 June 2016

Detecting ripples in the fabric of spacetime with the help of Stainless Steel


Physicists have detected ripples in the fabric of spacetime that were set in motion by the collision of two black holes far across the universe more than a billion years ago.



The event marks only the second time that scientists have spotted gravitational waves, the tenuous stretching and squeezing of spacetime predicted by Einstein more a century ago.




The faint signal received by the twin instruments of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) in the US revealed two black holes circling one another 27 times before finally smashing together at half the speed of light.

“This is confirmation that there’s a real population of black holes out there waiting to be detected in the future,” said John Veitch, an astrophysicist on the LIGO team at the University of Birmingham.


The cataclysmic event saw the black holes, one eight times more massive than the sun, the other 14 times more massive, merge into one about 21 times heavier than the sun. In the process, energy equivalent to the mass of the sun radiated into space as gravitational waves.

LIGO’s optical components quietly reside in a colossal vacuum chamber encompassing 10,000 cubic meters (353,000 cubic feet), with an air pressure of 10-9 torr, or one-trillionth of an atmosphere. Creating and maintaining this vacuum is absolutely essential to LIGO’s operation. LIGO's vacuum environment prevents sound waves from causing vibrations on the mirrors since sound cannot travel through a vacuum. Maintaining this vacuum requires the constant operation of ion pumps that extract molecules outgassing from the tubes and other structures inside the vacuum systems. Stray water molecules are also removed by continuously operating liquid nitrogen cryopumps.

LIGO’s vacuum tubes were constructed of spiral-welded 304L Stainless Steel a mere 3 mm thick. With its relatively low carbon content, 304L steel is resistant to corrosion, especially at the critical welded seams.


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Sources:
images: Credit: Kiwamu Izumi/LIGO

http://www.theverge.com/2016/2/13/10981478/gravitational-waves-detection-ligo-space-elisa-pulsar-timing

https://www.ligo.caltech.edu/


https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/jun/15/gravitational-waves-detected-from-collision-of-second-set-of-black-holes-ligo

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Olafur Eliasson tackles climate change with Stainless Steel waterfall at Versaille



Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson has unveiled two large-scale water installations at the Château de Versailles in France. Eliasson may be best known for his Weather Project (2003) in the Turbine Hall of Tate Modern, London and his four large-scale stainless steel artificial waterfalls that were installed on the shorelines of Manhattan and Brooklyn in 2008.


Eight years on, and Eliasson is still working with artificial waterfalls. This time his similarly-sized stainless steel project in Versailles, along with a series of site-specific works, aim to reflect on the effects of climate change.



Using a construction crane, Eliasson allows water to crash down into the basin of the Grand Canal at the Palace of Versailles. The piece is titled Waterfall and the crane is positioned in such a way that on June 21, the cascade of water will obscure the sun, creating a shimmering array of light from certain perspectives.

Historically, the royal court at Versailles was a place of constant observation - of oneself and of others; the strict social norms of the time were enforced through a web of gazes,” said Eliasson in a press release. “I ask myself: how do you, the visitor, view this iconic site? What does it do to you? Have we all become king?

Overall, the installations seek to facilitate introspective experiences, with visitors questioning whether they are in Eliasson’s words, “consuming or producing the experience.” “The works outdoors and indoors address the need to offer the opportunity for everyone to become an explorer, not just a king or queen,” he added.

With Olafur Eliasson, stars collide, the horizon slips away, and our perception blurs. The man who plays with light will make the contours of the Sun-King’s palace dance,” said Catherine Pegard, President of the Château de Versailles.


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Sources:
images: Anders Sune Berg

http://www.techshout.com/mobile-phones/2016/07/lumigons-new-t3-stainless-steel-phone-night-vision-camera/

http://olafureliasson.net/press/versailles

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

How you can see in the dark with Stainless Steel…




Yes! for the first time ever a new phone has been released featuring a night vision camera.


Danish smartphone maker Lumigon has gone ahead and released a marine-grade stainless steel phone with an in-built night vision camera. The new T3 is the first phone in the world to boast this ability.

The phone, from the Scandinavian company, has a 2K HD night vision camera that is claimed to be able to capture photos and videos "in total darkness".



The Lumigon T3 clicks photos in the dark through a 4MP night vision camera with dual IR flash. There’s also a 13MP main snapper accompanied by dual-tone flash, PDAF, 120fps slow-motion skills and 4K video recording abilities. Even its 5MP front-facing lens has been decked out with 2K video recording and LED flash.



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Sources:
http://www.techshout.com/mobile-phones/2016/07/lumigons-new-t3-stainless-steel-phone-night-vision-camera/

http://www.wired.co.uk/article/lumigon-t3-phone-night-vision-specifications

Friday, 27 May 2016

150 tons of fish-friendly stainless steel



The 150 tons of swirled stainless steel assembled at Ice Harbor Dam near Burbank is a “beautiful blend of engineering and art,” said Kevin Crum, project manager for the Army Corps of Engineers.


Three of Ice Harbor’s six turbines date to 1961.

Rather than replace them with newer turbines for efficient hydropower generation, the decision was made to use the replacement project as a test for reducing harm to juvenile fish.

Most fish pass over the dam’s spillway, go through a spillway weir or go around the dam via a bypass. The remaining 5 percent come downstream through the turbine and can become disoriented or injured. Some don’t make it out alive.

They face two dangers: slamming into the steel blades or dramatic changes in pressure.

The new turbine is designed to provide more uniform water flow and pressure through the turbine.

Salmon and steelhead are less likely to bang into a turbine blade.

There also is less stress on a balloon-like organ, the swim bladder, which helps a fish maintain buoyancy. A sudden shift in pressure can make it inflate suddenly, causing internal injuries.

Efficiency in hydropower generation has not been ignored.

Tests with models of the new fixed-blade turbine show that it may increase power generation by 3 percent to 4 percent.

When all three of the turbines are installed, the increase in power generation should be enough to supply electricity to about 3,000 homes, said Mark Gendron, senior vice president of power services for the Bonneville Power Administration.

The stainless steel blades of the new turbines are expected to better resist pitting and corrosion than the original steel turbines, lasting longer and requiring less maintenance.

Installing the first blade is expected to take up to 14 months. It should be operating in 2017, and the second high-tech turbine should replace another of the dam’s ageing turbines in 2018.


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Sources:
http://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/local/article77578822.html