CST's Innovative design concepts and selection of aluminum as the material of choice
continue to solve many unique project design needs, bringing the latest in
aerospace technology to the building and construction industry with lifetime
cost savings and a guarantee of long-term structural integrity. Some of the
most prominent benefits of using aluminum as opposed to steel in various aspects
of the building and construction industry include:
- Aluminum is inherently resistant of most normal atmospheric environments, does not rust or suffer from corrosion problems like steel, and is sefl-healing if scratched. By
comparison, steel requires an uninterrupted organic pain film or sacrificial
inorganic film to prevent rust and corrosion. When a break in the film occurs
on a steel element, the site corrodes rapidly, resulting in undercutting of the
film and further corrosion. Severe rusting may necessitate repair to prevent
structural failure, either local or catastrophic.
- For the ultimate in
cost savings, CST can supply products that are "mill" finish should the
aesthetics of unfinished aluminum match a project's needs. Aluminum can also be
painted (Kynar), if required, or chemically treated (anodized) for extremely
- In comparison to ferrous metals, the
lightweight nature of high-strength aluminum alloys reduces total weight.
Combined with the pre-engineered, component nature of CST's systems, most
structures can be shipped for lower cost through normal cargo methods as
- The lightweight nature of high-strength aluminum
alloys also permits faster, lower cost installations. With components weighing
significantly less than similar steel elements, the manpower and machine
requirements to move parts as well as assemble and lift the structure(s) are
reduced. Alternatively, larger frame sections can be lifted (or longer boom
lengths can be used) and unusual lift and assebmly methods can often be
- The use of aluminum allows for unique structural and
architectural sections (extrusions) to be designed to meet unique project needs.
Specific performance characteristics of a design can be readily achieved and
larger projects can be "fine-tuned" for overall cost savings and absorbing the
initial expense of the new extrusuion die(s).