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One of the major inhibitions to the more widespread use of stainless steel for maintenance-free structures is the lack of design guidance where screw fasteners are required. Stainless screw fasteners are sometimes criticised for their susceptibility fo failure by mechanisms that may not arise with carbon steel fasteners. In this study the major areas of concern have therefore been examined in isolation, mainly using 12 mm diameter fasteners but also with small 6 mm diameter fasteners for light gauge applications. The work was divided into sub-projects, each one concentrating on a particular characteristic or group of related properties. These were:

- Corrosion resistance and stainlessness;
- Stress relaxation (creep);
- Stress corrosion cracking and crevice corrosion;
- Galling, seizure and strength;
- Enhanced connections for lightweight construction.

The report is presented as separate sub-projects, cross referenced where appropriate and subsequently summarized.

Additional information

Authors: SHEMWELL K, British Steel plc, London (GB);JOHNS D R, British Steel plc, London (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 17848 EN (1997) 148pp., FS, ECU 25.00
Availability: Available from the (2)
ISBN: ISBN 92-828-2068-8
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