It is not yet known how much commercial interest there is in stainless steel reinforcement for concrete structures, and there are differing views about the resulting opportunities in the stainless steel industry. This article presents results from a market survey of consulting and contracting engineers, based mainly in the UK, to test the viability of stainless steel reinforcement. The survey aimed to bring together the attitude of engineers towards stainless steel and information on their involvement with stainless steel engineering. 87 replies were received to 188 letters sent out; replies from 43 consultants and 28 contractors contained information useful for analysis. The article contains charts showing: (1) the popularity of protective measures against corrosion used by the consultants; (2) the expected cost of ordinary reinforcement as a proportion of the structure's whole cost; and (3) a classification of the most important features of reinforcement. The respondents have a strong faith in traditional methods, such as improving concrete quality, and increasing the cover of the reinforcement. Most of them consider performance to be the most important property of reinforcement when designing a structure. They are usually not prepared to pay for the extra cost of stainless steel, and often lack confidence in it.

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    Palladian Publications Limited

    15 South Street
    Farnham Surrey GU97QU,   United Kingdom 
  • Authors:
    • SHA, W KEE
  • Publication Date: 1999


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00788407
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Mar 3 2000 12:00AM