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RE: Use of weathering steel

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It has its limitations.  
*	You won't find it in any literature, but it should never be embedded
in concrete.  It was tried as rebar many years ago, it did not work, it did
not get published.  
*	It should not be near chlorides.  They tried it on Aloha Stadium,
and now have painted weathering steel.
*	It was tried on antenna tower structures, and resulted in a warning
by FHWA and is contained in the web sites below.
*	If exposed to any chlorides or contaminates, the connections should
be sealed, detailed per AASHTO, painted, and/or washed off periodically in a
maintenance program.  It is all spelled out in the literature in the web
sites below.
*	Avoid contact with galvanized steel.  Galvanic corrosion is the
*	A corrosion consultant, and or expert in weathering steel should be
consulted such as:
		John Barsom
		Consulting Limited
		1316 Murray Ave
		Suite 300
		Pittsburgh, PA 15217

		voice: (412) 521-5330
		fax: (412) 521-2699

Additional caveats are contained in the following web sites:

I know just enough to know that I don't know.

Harold Sprague

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bart Kemper, P.E. (
> <bkemper(--nospam--at)>
> To: seaint(--nospam--at) <seaint(--nospam--at)>
> Date: Wednesday, July 26, 2000 2:58 PM
> Subject: Use of weathering steel
> >In addition to being an engineer, I'm also a writer.  I'm working on an
> >article about COR-TEN steel in particular, but am interested in
> >discussion about weathering steel in general.  I am interested in
> >anyone's comments about:
> >*applications that COR-TEN (or other weathering steels) have done well
> in.
> >*applications that COR-TEN or other weathering steels have not done well
> >and why it didn't work out
> >*issues regarding bending, welding, forming, painting, etc.
> >
> >I will cheerfully use your name and company to spread some good ink on
> >your behalf.  The publication is The Fabricator, by the Croyden Group.
> >(  You can reply to me directly
> >(bkemper(--nospam--at) if you think the whole list isn't quite interested
> >in this topic.
> >
> >So you know where I'm coming from: I do not have any personal experience
> >with this material.  I'm a mechanical engineer working in Louisiana and
> >Texas, primarily in industrial/manufacturing/fabrication/facility
> >arenas.  I've become more involved in structural issues, which is why I
> >recently joined this forum.  (In fact, I'm considering getting my
> >masters in Structural--anyone with an opinion on the value of such a
> >degree, please email me offlist).  While I am often involved with static
> >and rotating equipment design/analysis/troubleshooting, I also have
> >considerable expertise in computer modeling (FEA, CFD, linear/nonlinear,
> >composites such as concrete/rebar or laminates, etc.) and have been
> >called on to do more and more structural-related modeling, but I'm still
> >learning standard practices in structural work. So pitch a bit slow on
> >this, especially since the target audience is not structural engineers
> >as much as the fabricators and erectors.
> >
> >Thanks in advance.
> >
> >Bart Kemper, P.E.
> >

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