In this article, published in Stainless Steel World News – December 2018, the role of Ferralium in the refurbishment of the Statue of Liberty is explored. We’ve replicated it here for our clients and all interested parties.
Constructed in 1886, this iconic structure was originally a gift from the people of France to the people of the United States. As befitting such a monumentous gift, its internal structure was designed by Gustave Eifel, the designer of the world-famous Eifel Tower.
However, only 90 years following its installation, this world-famous landmark was already suffering badly from galvanic corrosion. The combination of different materials within the statue created almost perfect conditions for accelerated corrosion. An extensive refurbishment process was first suggested and mooted in the 1970s. It would not be until 1982, and the founding of the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Centennial Commission by (then US President) Ronald Reagan, that renovation work began in earnest. Following a lengthy review of suitable materials, Ferralium was selected as the most suitable material for the supporting bars, replacing Eiffel’s original skeleton, onto which the statue’s famous outer copper form was mounted.
Having a similar thermal expansion coefficient and elasticity with other wrought iron components previously installed was helpful, along with minimal reaction to the copper cladding. However, the significantly greater strength and ability to supply bars and bolts meant that it could be used throughout the refurbishment project.
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The Stainless Steel World News article can be found here.