In a changing world, it is critical to consider both sustainability and resilience when selecting structural materials. Stainless steel’s inherent corrosion resistance, high recycled content, ability to absorb energy (i.e., blast, impact, seismic events, landslides), fire performance, and strength make it an ideal choice. While the ability to use stainless steels without coatings makes it aesthetically appealing, it is also commonly used for hidden applications, such as historic restoration and to extend the life of other materials.
The publication of the new AISC 370-22 specification for structural stainless steel, AISC 313-22 code of standard practice, and substantial revision of the ASCE/SEI 8-22 specification for cold formed stainless steel, structural design with austenitic and duplex stainless steels has become much easier. This presentation will introduce these publications, summarize information on the sustainability and resilience of stainless steel, and provide project examples.
- Learn about the new AISC and SEI/ASCE 8 specifications, code and design guide and resources for selection of stainless steel for structural applications.
- Review current data and resources available for assessing the sustainability of stainless steel.
- Acquire knowledge of the inherent characteristics of stainless steel that make it resilient and how it compares with other metals.
- Discover where stainless steel is being used structurally and the reasons for its selection.