PERFORMANCE & PROPERTIES
STRENGTH Wheel loads: Designs for up to 10 tonnes axle loads can be supplied. For maximum loadings on particular sizes and patterns please consult the Component Development technical staff.
DEFORMATION If correctly installed, the channels will not deform unless subjected to loads for which they are not designed.
SCRATCHING Will only scratch through misuse.
WEAR The system does not suffer from wear.
FATIGUE No fatigue unless incorrectly installed or overstressed.
CREEP The channel design and installation methods allow for thermal expansion.
IMPACT Properly installed, the channels will resist impact loads but gratings may suffer if subjected to loads for which they are not designed.
EFFECT OF CHEMICALS
Stainless steel is not affected by normal floor cleaning substances or by most chemicals likely to come into contact with it. It will, in fact, outlast the vast majority of floor covering materials with which it is used.
The hygienic nature of stainless steel drainage channels ensure that there are no crevices or cracks to form a haven for bacteria.
The coefficient of thermal expansion of stainless steel is 1.6mm per metre through 100 degrees centigrade. The channel design and installation method allows for thermal expansion.
If correctly installed, the system should have a service life and a period if reliability and durability equal to the life of the building.