Stainless Steel for Durability, Fire-Resistance and Safety (10042)
By G. Waller and David J. Cochrane, 1990. Fire tests and study of life-cycle costs together demonstrated that stainless steels are cost-effective materials. They offer a greater degree of safety than glass-reinforced plastic, aluminum or mild steel, galvanized or painted steels. Compared with mild steel, lightweight stainless steel structures reduce topside weight of oil platforms. Additionally, they enhance fire resistance and virtually eliminate the need for maintenance. Maintenance onshore and offshore is costly, disruptive of production, and sometimes hazardous. The wide deployment of stainless steel will therefore yield significant economic benefits as well as providing levels of fire safety unequalled by alternative methods, the studies showed.