Aesthetically pleasing to the eye, this finish has become popular with many high profile architects and has been specified and used in a variety of applications in including building fascias, architectural sculptures and bridges.
Aesthetically pleasing to the eye, this finish has become popular with many high profile architects and has been specified and used in a variety of applications in including building fascias, architectural sculptures and bridges. Examples of Corten structures include...
The Angel of the North (UK)
Matsunoyama Natural Science Museum (Japan)
The Center for Contemporary Art (Australia)
The protective layer constantly develops and regenerates over time, reacting to the pollutants in the atmosphere. Consideration should be made with regard to the thicknesses used especially when the material is utilised for structural rather than solely cosmetic purposes.
The benefits of such a steel are immediately obvious – a self–protecting steel is economic, long lasting and easily recyclable. Masteel are a stockist of Corten–B and Corten–A.
Weathering steel is a high strength low alloy steel that was originally developed by United States Steel in the 1930s to resist
The first weathering steel bridge in the UK was a footbridge at York University in 1967 and the material was used for many bridges around the UK in the following 30 years or so. However, the use of weathering steel on bridges has increased significantly since 2001 when a former restriction on the use of the material over highways with less than 7.5m headroom was removed. It is now the material of choice for a wide range of bridge decks.
This article highlights the benefits of weathering steel for bridges, describes the limitations on its use, and comments on both the material availability and the appearance of such bridges. It also provides advice on a range of issues including design and detailing, fabrication and installation, inspection and maintenance, and remedial measures, should corrosion rates exceed those anticipated at the design stage.