With many types of structure, steel is often used as a strong and affordable building material. Conventional steel materials have the problem of needing to have a finish to them to prevent oxidation and decay. This has commonly done with paints and coatings, but with modern thermal processing, it can also be done during the manufacturing process.
Here are some of the ways that thermal processing can be used in building materials:
1. Applying Coating For Exterior Metal Finishes
For some exterior finishes, metal is a great choice of material. These metal materials often have a paint coating on them for the finish. This can be scratched and damaged, leaving the metal exposed. With thermal processing, the finish can be part of the metal panels, which will give improved performance and make the material resistant to scratches and damage.
This is something that you may want to use on roof panels or siding on commercial buildings, which you need to have a strong, weather-resistant material for the exterior finish.
2. Making Metal Materials Corrosion-Resistant For Industrial Applications
In many industrial applications, corrosive elements can be a problem for common steel building materials. There are modern thermal processing techniques that can be used to create special stainless steel that is ideal for corrosive environments, but still have the strength and characteristics as conventional structural steel materials.
These materials are ideal for special applications where the materials used in construction have to withstand various different conditions.
3. Hardening Using Thermal Processing And Tempering
In some applications, steel may be excessive loads that it needs to carry. Tempering is a method that can be used to harden the steel to make it stronger. The thermal processing and tempering can also add desired characteristics such as wear-resistance, which is something you may want on moving parts of a structure, or materials that need to be durable enough to stand up against foot traffic or equipment.
These processes can also help to make materials more resistant to changes in their dimensions.
Tempering is one of the most common types of thermal processing of steel, and is what gives structural steel its strength to carry heavy loads.
Thermal processing and tempering can be used to not only provide strength to materials, but also to give material other properties such as resistance to oxidation and decay. If you need building materials for special applications, contact a thermal processing service to find out how they can help you with your projects.
To learn more, contact a company like Pacific Metallurgical Inc. with any questions you have.