The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 50 (1972) > Issues > Issue 6 > Discussion The Application and Economics of Weathering Steels
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Discussion The Application and Economics of Weathering Steels

Mr. A. S. Grimes (F): I welcome the opportunity to discuss the information on this interesting material. Although weathering steel is being used abroad a great deal, it appears to be catching on only very slowly in the UK. As a medium of architectural expression it does seem to offer exciting possibilities, while on the other hand, in the right circumstances, thereare many applications where its totalitarian qualities can also produce considerable economies. I have seen the building in Brussels, which Mr. Godfrey described, where all the external stanchions are exposed to the atmosphere, the only protection being the weathering properties of the steel. As the steelwork was exposed it was essential to detail it with very great care to produce the clean simple lines which the architect wanted. If we use it here in this way we will have to follow the same sort of disciplines.