10 LITTLE-KNOWN FACTS ABOUT STAINLESS STEEL

Stainless steel has been used since 1990s for numerous industries such as skyscrapers, memorial, kitchen utensils, and many more. You probably use many things that made by stainless steel every day, but have you ever stopped to think about what makes stainless steel so unique? Here are 10 little-known facts about stainless steel:

  1. Stainless steel is an iron alloy that have minimum of 10.5% chromium content by mass. It is known as inox steel or inox from French “inoxydable”.
  2. 1The first stainless steel was discovered by Harry Brearley, a Sheffield metallurgist when he was doing the experiment with different types of steel for weapons in 1913. He noticed that a 13% Chromium steel had not corroded after several months.
  3. 2Stainless steel can be milled into strip, tube, wire, sheet, or bar. It has been used for numerous industries, such as cookware and cutlery, household hardware, surgical instruments, industrial equipment, jewelry, and many more!
  4. 3The manufacturing of stainless steel divided into 6 processes: melting and casting, forming, heat treatment, de-scaling, cutting, and finishing. First, the steel which is the raw material of stainless steel is melted in an electric furnace. Second, it goes through forming operations with hot rolling machine. Third it goes to the heat treatment called annealing step. The purpose of this step is to relieve internal stresses and soften the metal. The annealing step caused a scale on the steel, it needs to be removed. This process called de-scaling process. And then the next step is cutting and finishing.
  5. Stainless steel can be divided into five groups based on the combination of metal alloys. Austenitic has a combination of 18% chromium and 10% nickel. Martensitic contain 12-15% chromium, 0.2-1% molybdenum, and 0.1-1% carbon. Ferritic contains between 10.5% until 27% chromium. Another two groups are duplex and precipitation hardening.
  6. The durability of stainless steel is adorable! It resists corrosion and oxidation. It has the ability to resist rust because when stainless steel exposed to oxygen and moisture, stainless steel produces a thin oxide film and essentially it repairs by itself.
  7. paris_-1Stainless steel can be expands and contracts when the temperature varies. Construction industries have to account for thermal expansion when they use steel material including stainless steel for a building. For example, The Eiffel Tower is approximately 984 feet tall during summer but on cold days, the metal tower is approximately 6 inches shorter.
  8. Stainless-Steel-Soap01Stainless steel can be made into “soap” because it can neutralize strong odors on the hands, like garlic, onion, or fish odor. This unique property due to sulfur compounds in stainless steel that can reduce odors.
  9. Stainless steel is 100% recyclable. 60% of stainless steel is made from recycled materials.
  10. Steel_production_by_country_mapIn 2013, total world crude steel production was 1,607.2 mmt. The biggest steel producer is currently China, which accounted for 48.5% of world’s steel production.

Stainless steel is unique. It also has multipurpose functions and can be use in numerous industries. China as the top of steel producer and Shanghai Metal Corporation which is based in China is one of the leading businesses in the manufacturing of metalworking industry. We can produce and export the best quality of stainless steel and other metal products and service. We prioritize the efficient of manufacturing and environmental sustainability.

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THERMAL COOKING INNOVATION, YOUR PICNIC SOLUTION!

Do you like picnic? Enjoy outdoor activities with family while eating your warm home-cooked? Thermal cooking innovation is the solution!

Thermal cooking or heat retention innovation came from the idea of “cooking without fire”. It arose from Haybox concept, which utilizes the heat of the food being cooked to complete the cooking process. Food items to be cooked are heated to boiling point, and then insulated. Over a period of time, the food items cook by the heat captures in the insulated container.

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The first thermal cooker was found by The Monmouth Archaeological Society’s and the innovative thermal cooker was developed in Asia in the mid 1990s. This Asian thermal cooker innovation was made by stainless steel with two pots, inner and outer pots. The inner pot was used to bring the food to boil, while the outer was used as the container to keep the cooking process continuing.

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Wonderbag and Haybox are the other variants of thermal cooking or heat retention innovation. Wonderbag is an insulated bag to put around pots you already own and Haybox, which is the main concept of thermal cooking uses hay or sawdust to provide the insulation around the pot.

Cook without fire! Isn’t it brilliant idea?

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If you are a picnic’s fan but you are getting bored with common picnic menus like sandwich or salad, you can try your best home-cooked food recipe and bring it with thermal pot to keep your food warm, or even you can cook it with the thermal cooker! You can enjoy the freshly cooked meal!

Beside you can enjoy your freshly cooked meal, cooking with thermal cooker is environmental friendly? Why? It minimizes energy uses, saves water, and also saves food because no burning! The thermal cooking food also taste better because it keeps the flavor and you can get more tender meat.

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Step by step cooking with thermal cooker (Dreampot):

  1. Put the ingredients into the inner pot of thermal cooker. Place saucepan on any heat source to start the cooking process. Heat for a short time with lid on, stir.
  2. Over a period of time, transfer the inner pot into the thermal cooker and close the lid.
  3. After the minimum required cooking, open the lid, and it’s done! Easy, right?thermal cooking recipe

There are a lot of different types of food you can make with thermal cooker. Soups, curries, rice, pasta, even bread, cakes, and desserts you can make it with thermal cooker! How could we make bread and cake without oven? Isn’t it incredible? Check http://www.thethermalcook.com/ to get the incredible recipes of thermal cook food!

Thermal cooking is one of the innovative inventions. The thermal cooker and thermal pot made by stainless steel. Shanghai Metal Corporation as one of the representatives of the metal industry can provide you the best quality of stainless steel!

As a representative of the metal industry, Shanghai Metal Corporation is one of the leading businesses in the manufacturing of metal products in the global field. We can produce aluminum, stainless steel, copper, shipping containers and other metal products and service. We prioritize the efficient of manufacturing and environmental sustainability.

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Metal Step by Step

If you follow this blog, you certainly know that here at Shanghai Metal Corporation we are big fans of the combination between metal and interior design. This is the reason why we often write about metal furniture and metal features employed in architecture projects. We wrote about tables, chairs, wardrobes and so on. But today we take more than a step further. We take a stair further. A metal stair, of course! Metal is more and more employed in the construction of design stairs as the below gallery will show you. Take a look!

Francesco Librizzi Studio has designed a basic and modern metal structure staircase that fits perfectly in a 1900 apartment in Milan. The staircase is made from 14mm-wide lengths of iron, which create ladder-like treads inside a rectilinear tower. (from dezeen.com)

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 Slim by Fontanot is a spiral staircase made of stainless steel. It is minimal, elegant and easily fits any kind of interior design style.

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The modern staircase below is part of a project designed by Lawrence Architecture in Seattle. The structure is made of metal and every step isembedded in the wall, giving an idea of suspension

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According to the official website, Etika by Officine Sandrini is “not a simple staircase, not a simple piece of furniture, but a sculpture, a piece of art.” (from officinesandrini.co.uk) This helical stair is made of iron and the inspiration behind it comes from “an audacious combination of new and ancient knowledge.”  (from officinesandrini.co.uk)

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The Tree of Life – Milan 2015 Expo Steel Symbol

We have already discussed about the upcoming 2015 Expo taking place in Milan, Italy, in less than two months. As you know is a very important event, not just for the European peninsula, but also for all the participant countries willing to promote their products. This year’s theme is “Feeding the Planet. Energy for Life”. It will be very difficult for Italy to beat the success of the Chinese 2010 Expo edition, although the theme seems very interesting. If you visited Shanghai during the Universal Exposition or after 2010, you have probably visited the Chinese pavilion. Indeed, this great piece of architectural art has been the main symbol of the Shanghainese exhibition and it has rapidly became one of the main tourist attractions of the city.

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The Chinese pavillion is a 63 meters high structure inspired by the most important element of the building tradition of China: the dougong system dating back over 2000 years. It consists of wooden beams embedded in overlapping layers on a base of columns. (from IlGiornaledell’Architettura)

But what about Milan? What will be the symbol of the next Expo made in Italy? The Tree of Life. It came to light in early March, erected in the center of the Expo Lake Arena. According to L’Eco di Bergamo,  the project of  the tree was inspired both by the mosaic of the Otranto Cathedral and the floor of Piazza del Campidoglio designed by Michelangelo, of which is a 3D version. Its creator, Marco Balich, explained that the tree is a symbol common to “all cultures, from the Bible to Avatar”.

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The tree has a steel structure made of 150 tons of metal, around which a wooden part was built (90 tons of wood), which will then be adorned with several plants and lights. This 35 meters high installation of steel and wood (and 45 meters of diameter) will be the highest structure of the 2015 Expo. Moreover, the tree will host one show per hour admired by 3000 people each time sitting on the arena built around the Expo lake.

In sum, the symbol of the upcoming Milan Expo 2015 is made of steel. A futuristic steel tree!

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50 Shades of Stainless Steel (304) – #1

The basis of this selection is based on information found on different internet websites including the one from the British Stainless Steel Association.

Not surprisingly, the first grade is 304 (1.4301) and its variants are the most common grades in the SSAS database. This reflects the market as a whole.

Approximate Composition – 18% Cr 8% Ni (exact composition ranges vary between EN and ASTM standards).

This grade combines the following characteristics:

  • Good corrosion resistance
  • Good weldability
  • Excellent ductility giving stretch formability in pressings
  • Hygienic surfaces
  • Work hardening for spring properties
  • Ease of manufacture at the steel mill

This combination of properties leads to the grade being used for a wide range of applications including:

Sinks, pots and pans, catering surfaces, architectural cladding, handrails, food processing, water treatment, pressure vessels, transport containers, surgical instruments, building support products, refrigeration equipment, watch cases, automotive trim, street furniture, anaerobic digestion, chemical plant, sanitary ware.

This is merely a sample of the applications for 304/304L (1.4301/1.4307). Despite the competition from grades with a similar corrosion resistance, this grade is likely to continue to form the backbone of the stainless steel market for some years to come.

Sample applications:

Figure 1: Stainless Steel Sink (Picture from bssa.org.uk)
Figure 2: Food & Drink Processing (Picture from bssa.org.uk)

Because this is one of the most well known stainless steel grades you will find a lot of products from Shanghai Metal Corporation existing out of this material. For example we offer various Strips / Tapes / Bands and much more using 304 materials.

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Source: bssa.org.uk
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The Stainless Steel Soap !

Our soaps are obtained by treating vegetable or animal oils and fats, mixed with alkaline solution. There exist another type of soap that has different characteristics from others : the stainless steel soap.


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This soap is simply a piece of stainless steel and has the surprising ability to neutralize or reduce strong odors from hands, such as from handling garlic, onion, durian or fish. It’s really simple, you just need to rub your hands with it. But how can that be ?


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Unfortunately there isn’t a lot of satisfying scientific data that explains the ability of stainless steel to reduce odor. Anne Marie Helmenstine, a chemistry expert tested it herself and wrote a possible explanation about it in this website. The stainless steel soap helps diminishing the scent but only if it’s from onions, garlic or fish. This can probably be explained by the ability of stainless steel to attract and bind the sulfur from onion, garlic or fish. These compounds are responsible for burning  your eyes while cutting onions and also for their characteristic scent. If the sulfur compounds bind to the steel, then the odor is removed from your finger.

Are you interested to try this soap ? For that we can supply you with the best material of stainless steel ! As an industry-recognized specialists, Shanghai Metal Corporation manufacture and supply various sizes of stainless steel, according to your requirement. Please contact us if you need further information, our English speaking staff will be more than glad to help you. Follow us on social media to discover more products.

    

Sources :chemistry.about.comwikipedia

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Renter’s Horror Stories

Whether you’re moving out for the first time or a long time renter, this article is a must-read. There is renters heaven and renters hell, so soothe your burning memories of unbearable housemates and unfair landlords with the following horror stories.

The Surprise Under The Oven

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“After coming back to my apartment post-wisdom-teeth-surgery-stay at my grandmother’s, I smelled something rotting. Then, I proceeded to see 5 mice before I fell asleep. First thing in the morning, I called my landlord to get an exterminator, but I couldn’t figure out what smelled so terribly. Turned out there were 5 dead rats wedged under the oven.”

The One That Smelled Of Fish

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“I used to live above a fish store and on a hot summer day, the smell would take over the apartment — not to mention, attracted little critters to the house.” – Michelle Manetti, Associate Edior, HuffPost Home

The Landlord Who Stole The Bathtub

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One story tells a landlord that removes the bathtub as won’t pay extra for carpets and curtains. He never specified this wasn’t part of the agreed price, yet took it upon themselves to take a Jacuzzi bathtub out of the deal.

If they are looking for a replacement, Shanghai Metal produces stainless steel kitchen and bathroom sinks. As an ISO 14001 (International Quality Management System) Company and recipient of the “Star Enterprise Award,” Shanghai Metal Corporation prides itself on exceeding international standards of quality and reliability. We guarantee the best prices, quality support, and fast delivery. To find out more, please visit our Website or send your inquiry here. Our English speaking personnel will be more than pleased to help you. Follow us on  LinkedInTwitter, FacebookInstagram and don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel. Or you could try our new mobile app by scanning our QR code.

Sources: Telegraph, Huffington Post

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Social Media Campaign Shames Airline Passengers

A new social media campaign on Instagram and Facebook allows passengers to shame others for their inconsiderate traveller etiquette. It’s common courtesy not to put your feet up on the back of someone’s seat, take your shirt off or clip your fingernails while on an aircraft. But it seems these annoying travelers haven’t yet got the memo. Take a look to discover the worst offenders.

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Have you ever experienced something like this? Share with us in the comments! Shanghai Metal manufactures the stainless steel used in airplane production, preferably more classy ones. As an ISO 14001 (International Quality Management System) Company and recipient of the “Star Enterprise Award,” Shanghai Metal Corporation prides itself on exceeding international standards of quality and reliability. We guarantee the best prices, quality support, and fast delivery.  To find out more, please visit our Website or send your inquiry here. Our English speaking personnel will be more than pleased to help you. Follow us on  LinkedInTwitter, FacebookInstagram and don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel. Or you could try our new mobile app by scanning our QR code.

Sources: Today, Daily Mail

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Goldfish Gets Brain Surgery

In Melbourne, Australia, an apparently regular occurrence is taking plaice (pun intended) – a fish surgery. Dr. Tristan Rich at Lort Smith Animal Hospital operated on a goldfish named George to remove a large tumor.

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To prepare for the surgery, Rich had George swim around in a bucket of water laced with anesthetic to knock him out, the hospital explained in a Facebook post. A spokesperson from Lort Smith told NBC News the surgery cost about $300 AUD and, despite how unusual it seems, it’s not the first of its kind.

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Speaking of, Shanghai Metal produces the carbon steel used in surgical blades. As an ISO 14001 (International Quality Management System) Company and recipient of the “Star Enterprise Award,” Shanghai Metal Corporation prides itself on exceeding international standards of quality and reliability. We guarantee the best prices, quality support, and fast delivery. To find out more, please visit our Website or send your inquiry here. Our English speaking personnel will be more than pleased to help you. Follow us on  LinkedInTwitter, FacebookInstagram and don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel. Or you could try our new mobile app by scanning our QR code.

Sources: NBC News, Metro

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‘Everything But The Kitchen Sink’ – British Slang Translated

Have you ever hung out with a British friend and laughed along with the joke, but just didn’t quite get it? You two may technically speak the same language, but when they use British slang it all goes out of the door.

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Well, here are the main British slang phrases that I’m sure sounded like gibberish at the time but will now become crystal clear:

I’m not being funny but…- not to be rude, a precursor to an insult to soften the blow usually

Lost the plot – gone crazy

Cheers –an informal thank you

Quid – 1 unit of currency

Taking the pee/mick – mocking, taking advantage of someone

Sorry – very casually used, doesn’t always mean an apology

Dodgy – suspicious

Sick – Cool

Deep – Can mean either harsh or profound

Everything but the kitchen sink = every resource possible was used

Speaking of, Shanghai Metal produces stainless steel kitchen sinks at manufacturer prices. As an ISO 14001 (International Quality Management System) Company and recipient of the “Star Enterprise Award,” Shanghai Metal Corporation prides itself on exceeding international standards of quality and reliability.

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Sources: BBC America, Urban Dictionary, Anglotopia

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