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RE: Steel frame in the coastal environment?

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Go cautiously in the weathering steel area.  It depends on the coast.  Check

If the coast is fresh water, weathering steel should work with proper
detailing.  If the coast is salt water, weathering steel has had problems.
Some weathering steel structures near coast lines had to be painted.

For coatings, you should consider the epoxies and polyurethanes.  Or you can
also consider metalizing.  Check out for the
USACE Paint Technology Center.

Harold Sprague

> -----Original Message-----
> From:	Peter Higgins [SMTP:JillHiggins(--nospam--at)]
> Sent:	Tuesday, May 16, 2000 2:48 PM
> To:	INTERNET:seaint(--nospam--at)
> Subject:	Re: Steel frame in the coastal environment?
> Agreed. The maintenance of an offshore platform can be difficult and
> expensive. However, many sheltered elements only get painted once during
> their life. A shoreline building foundation is similar to sheltered
> elements.
> Also, there are coatings available for buildings which we would never
> consider for offshore structures.
> Hot dip galvanizing for example works well for "building" sized members,
> and sheet piling, but we'd never find a tank big enough to take an oil
> platform pier, nor would it last long in an intertidal zone. For a shore
> based building however it is common.
> Weathering steels are another option, but cannot be used in an offshore
> platform since the coating never gets the chance to fully form in the
> intertidal zone. However, we make sheet piling of it all the time.
> Properly selected such protection is neither excessively expensive to
> apply
> the first time, nor ornerous to maintain.
> I should have chosen another example. (my own house is structural steel on
> the Pacific coast if that helps, and corrosion is far down the list of
> concerns)
> Peter Higgins, SE