The Stainless Steel Coil; Why It Is Valued
There are many uses for stainless steel coil—everything from consumer appliances to industrial parts to medical components. Because of its wide range of applications, stainless steel coil is dependent on in many markets, including the chemical, petroleum, electronic, automotive, aerospace, architecture, construction and HVAC industries.
Stainless steel coils are manufactured from hardened, tempered and pre-hardened stainless steel. Once formed by way of the cold rolling process (in which a strip of stainless steel is squeezed between rollers under temperatures lower than the stainless steel’s re-crystallization temperature), numerous additional processes, such as polishing, leveling, slitting, buffing, edge conditioning and more are commonly applied, depending on what the stainless steel coil’s intended use is.
Stainless steel coil’s popularity is due to the many attractive traits that constitute stainless steel, including its high resistance to corrosive elements, such as extreme temperatures and weather conditions, as well as its high ductility and tensile strength, its significant strength-to-weight ratio and its naturally attractive sheen. These qualities make stainless steel—in all of its various forms—especially attractive to the construction and architecture industries— strength and aesthetics both being of particular importance.
One such stainless steel architectural feat that you are sure to recognize is St. Louis’ “Gateway to the West”—the highly recognizable 630 foot arch built in honor of the westward expansion of the United States. The Gateway Arch, designed by Eero Saarinen and Hannskarl Bandel, began its construction in 1963 and was not finished until 1965, costing the city $13 million. With a carbon steel interior, the Arch’s exterior is made from stainless steel, making it rather hard to miss from miles away. Whether you like The Gateway Arch or not, one must accept the fact that it has become one of the most notable symbols of American history and identity, in addition to being a rather impressive nod to our favorite go-to alloy, stainless steel.