Why does stainless steel need a fabrication and erection standard?

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Why does stainless steel need a fabrication and erection standard?

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Stainless steel has different material and mechanical properties to carbon steel. For example: • it work hardens very rapidly, • the residual stresses arising from fabrication are higher, • special procedures are required to prevent contamination from carbon steel pick-up. Furthermore, stainless steel is often used because of its attractive appearance, in which case an overriding objective is to protect the surface of a stainless steel component during fabrication and erection. Because of these different properties and requirements, special fabrication practices are required.

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