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Architecture, Building and Construction

Case studies

Desalination Plants
Water is essential to life but global supplies are under pressure from population growth and may be unable to sustain total demand by 2025. Desalination plants provide reliable, sustainable supplies of fresh water but need to be constructed from materials that can withstand such hostile environments. This case study explores the sustainability benefits of using molybdenum-containing stainless steel in the construction of seawater desalination plants, greatly increasing resistance to corrosion and enabling cost-effective, reliable operation.
Federal Building, San Francisco
Sunscreens greatly reduce the need for air conditioning in buildings. The Federal Building in San Francisco was built with computer-controlled stainless steel sunscreens which, together with natural ventilation, reduce the energy needed to cool the building by two-thirds. The molybdenum-containing stainless steel is highly corrosion resistant and is specified for a design life of 100 years.
Friends Arena, Stockholm
Molybdenum is an important alloying element in high-strength steel (HSS), which enables lighter and stronger structures than conventional steel. This study looks at the use of HSS in the Friends Arena, Stockholm, which reduced the quantity of steel used for construction by 17% and also cut greenhouse gas emissions by 17% over the lifetime of the stadium.

Stainless Steel Selection System Case Studies

Case studies from around the world have been developed using IMOA's stainless steel selection system to explain instances of good performance and unacceptable corrosion staining. Download or order hardcopies of this literature here.

We are always adding new case studies. Please let us know if you have a project that we could use.

Case Study 1: Pittsburgh and Chicago Handrails and Street Furniture
released in 2009
Case Study 2: Minneapolis Exterior Wall Panels and Window Frames
released in 2009
Case Study 3: New York and Miami Light Poles
released in 2009
Case Study 4: Singapore Roofing
released in 2009
Case Study 5: Hong Kong Building Exteriors and Railings
released in 2009
Case Study 6: Canary Islands Railings and Lampposts
released in 2009
Case Study 7: Barcelona Coastal Curtain Wall
released in 2009
Case Study 8: Sao Paulo Building Exterior
released in 2009
Case Study 9: Australian Costal Fence
released in 2009
Case Study 10: New York Pier Railings
released in 2009
Case Study 11: Thames Barrier
released in 2009
Case Study 12: Milan Builden Exterior
released in 2009
Case Study 13: Rio de Janeiro Building Exterior
released in 2009
Case Study 14: New Zealand Coastal Building Exterior
released in 2009

Moly does the job

Moly does the Job: Swimming Pools
released in 2003
Molybdenum brings safety into swimming pool buildings. This case study has been kindly contributed by Dr Peter Dierschke, Materials Consultant to the Hempel Special Metals Group, Oberhausen, Germany
Moly does the Job: Handrails
released in 2002
Molybdenum keeps street handrails safe and attractive. This article has been written by an IMOA consultant, Catherine Houska of TMR Stainless, who will play a leading part in IMOA’s effort to promote molybdenum containing stainless steels in the area of outdoor applications in architecture, building and construction.