NAS hosts a Stainless Steel Workshop for UofL Engineering students

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On October 20th, 2023 North American Stainless hosted the first NAS-University of Louisville Stainless Steel Workshop for Engineering  Students of the UofL Speed Engineering School.

The Workshop was hosted at the Mill situated in Ghent Kentucky and featured a morning classroom session followed by lunch and a tour of the plant.

The classroom session included the following topics:

General Knowledge on Stainless Steel:

  • Stainless Steel Families: Austenitic, Ferritic, Duplex, Martensitic
  • Influence of alloying elements: Cr, Ni, C, N, Mn, S, Cu, Si, Al , Ti, Mo
  • Applications of Stainless Steel: Austenitic, Ferritic, Martensitic and Duplex Grade applications

Stainless Steel Fabrication process:

  • Melt Shop
  • Hot Rolling
  • Cold Rolling

Types of corrosion:

  • Uniform corrosion
  • Pitting corrosion
  • Crevice corrosion
  • Galvanic corrosion
  • Intergranular corrosion
  • Stress corrosion cracking

Profitability of use of stainless steel:

  • Life cycle costs
  • Examples of structures with less/higher maintenance

Mechanical properties of stainless steel:

  • Strain stress curves
  • Elongation
  • Deformation
  • Impact sensitivity
  • Temperature sensitivity
  • Charpy test
  • Fire resistance

Joining stainless steel:

  • Welding
  • Mechanical connectors
  • Adhesives
  • Press Fitting

Sustainability and environment considerations:

  • Recycled content
  • Leeds certification

The students that attended the workshop left with a better understanding of stainless steel both the product itself and the production process.  In the future we hope that when they come across stainless steel as a possible option for a product or project the knowledge acquired will help them view stainless steel as the best option for many of these