September 2015

Welcome to ‘Stainless Solutions’ from IMOA. Each month, we will cover a different stainless steel issue with tips on design and specification, and links to technical resources.  This month we are highlighting the updated version of our Stainless Steel Building & Construction Library.
2015 Stainless Steel Building & Construction Library

The Stainless Steel Building & Construction Library is a one-stop, non-commercial technical resource compiled by the International Molybdenum Association (IMOA) and the Nickel Institute.

Highly valued by architects, engineers, fabricators, building owners, contractors, and others working with stainless steel in the building and construction industry, this is a comprehensive, downloadable collection of the best free technical information, resources, articles and case studies available anywhere.

The previous version contained 280 PDF files. The 2015 version has been expanded to include 365 items, including more detailed information on sustainability, applications and fabrication.

Download the library (zip file, 559 MB):

Stainless Steel Library for Architects, Engineers & Architectural Fabricators


The library is categorized into six primary topic areas:

  • Applications
  • Finishes
  • Alloy Selection & Specification
  • Fabrication/Cleaning
  • Structural Design
  • Sustainability & Health.

Sub files under these headings further categorize the information by topic.

The Applications file includes subsections on bridges, building exteriors and interiors, historic and new building case studies, and product specific categories such as roofing, ductwork, railings, memorials, roof decks, sinks, swimming pools, sun screens, structural applications and many other topics.

The Finishes file contains North American and European brochures illustrating the wide range of aesthetic options as well as our list of European, North American and Asian suppliers who are helpful about providing finish samples.

Alloy Selection & Specification contains our latest 2015 Specification & Guideline list as well as general information on the different stainless steel alloys and design and specification guidance for corrosive locations. Additionally, there are topic specific pieces on coastal and deicing salt exposure, soil environments, fire resistance, and other subjects.

Fabrication contains comprehensive brochures on austenitic and duplex stainless steel fabrication as well as topic specific information on welding, forming, machining, cleaning, erection, and other subjects.

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Continuing Education – American Institute of Architects (AIA)

IMOA is an AIA continuing education system approved provider with eight 1-hour programs that are registered for both live face-to-face and distance learning credit.

1. Stainless Steel Sustainable Design
2. Bioclimatic Design With Stainless Steel Weather Screens
3. Stainless Steel Structural Design
4. Stainless Steel Specification For Corrosive Applications
5. Deicing Salt: Stainless Steel Selection to Avoid Corrosion
6. Stainless Steel Finish Specification
7. Advanced Stainless Steel Specification and Problem Avoidance
8. Specification of Stainless Steel Finishes and Grades For Corrosive Applications

For more information or to schedule a workshop contact Catherine Houska, 412-369-0377 or email

What is IMOA?

IMOA (International Molybdenum Association) is a non-profit industry association, which provides technical information to assist with successful specification of molybdenum-containing materials. Molybdenum is an element. When it is added to stainless steel, molybdenum increases its resistance to corrosion caused by deicing salts, coastal atmosphere and pollution.

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