Maintenance and selection of stainless steels for architectural application

Hiroshi Kihira, Izumi Muto

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This review describes how to prevent stainless steels as architectural member from aesthetic degradation caused by corrosion. It was mentioned that proper maintenance and appropriate selection of the materials are important, in order to let the architecture have long enough service time. Xature of atmospheric corrosion on stainless steels are discussed, using rating number method as well as recently developed spot density vs. area ratio plot technique. Results of exposure tests gave guideline for alloy selection relating role of alloying elements and environmental corrosiveness. Rusting process was well characterized by the spot density vs. area ratio chart, which may lead to a diagnostic measure for selecting conditions of cyclic corrosion tests.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)377-383
Number of pages7
JournalZairyo to Kankyo/ Corrosion Engineering
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1996


  • Architecture
  • Corrosion
  • Cyclic corrosion test
  • Exposure test
  • Maintenance
  • Material selection
  • Rating number
  • Rusting
  • Stainless steel


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