NOV 22, 2017

A Few Facts About Steel

We supply a number of steel products here at Blastrite, including steel grit and steel shot, widely used for surface preparation processes. Our steel blasting abrasives are suitable for many purposes, including deep descaling and the initial working of metal surfaces, prior to adding new coats of paint. Steel is a dependable and durable material, but how much do you actually know about it? We thought we’d provide you with a few facts to keep you up to speed. Take a look at the following information.

Steel Facts in a Nutshell

  • Steel is well-recognised as strong material that is durable, flexible and much lighter than iron. It’s also stronger than iron too, especially in its purest form, so perfect for a wide range of applications.
  • Millions of people are employed in the steel industry around the World. As the second largest industry, it is estimated the annual global turnover for steel runs into billions of dollars, and this figure is set to increase as the demand grows each year.
  • The largest consumers of steel products are the construction and housing industries. Both domestic and commercial buildings are constructed using steel materials with an estimated 50% of steel production targeting these areas.
  • Steel can be used for many applications including roads and railways, domestic appliances, buildings, bridges, transportation and aerospace. It is also 100% recyclable so anything that is constructed from steel can be melted down and used again.
  • Fire doors made from steel help to control the spread of fire and smoke with ratings varying from 20 minutes to 3 hours. Commonly used for commercial applications, steel fire doors can be genuine lifesavers, helping to protect life and property.
  • The United States recycles enough steel to build 25 Eiffel Towers each day. Speaking of the Eiffel Tower, did you know it can grow by up to 17 centimetres during hot weather? Thermal expansion causes the metal to swell, so the tower is taller on summer days that it is in the winter.              
  • In 1937, 83,000 tonnes of steel were used for the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge. Thanks to advancements and modern ways of making steel, if the same bridge was built today, only half of that amount would be needed.  

Steel is fascinating when you think about it

As you can see, there are so many facts about steel and it’s pretty obvious why it’s such a popular material to use for many different types of applications. We sell some of the finest steel grit and steel shot here at Blastrite and you can contact us today for more information or simply call to place an order on +27 21 417 1700

Created on 22nd November 2017
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