Core building materials should always be selected carefully with an emphasis on their suitability for a project. Before settling on a material, clients need to take in to consideration the purpose of a project, the requirements in regards to stability and load bearing, and also the aesthetics that they’re aiming for.
Materials will also affect the final cost of a project, and regional availability as well as suitability for climates may affect the materials that are available. At MJS Engineering, we have a number of options for your project, each serving a different purpose and offering different benefits.
Stainless steel is a vital metal used in the engineering industry. This steel alloy is extremely versatile. Stainless steel is often used in agricultural engineering for industrial vessels and tanks, and is also used in installations for ducting and pipework. One example of not only the versatility of stainless steel architecture, but the beauty as well, is Frank Gehry’s Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles. The building’s exterior is constructed of stainless steel that was given a matte finish.
Aluminium is used heavily in construction. It’s lightweight, relatively low cost, and easily engineered for different applications. From a green living point of view, using aluminium means that much of your building material can be made from recycled materials. Structural engineer Santiago Calatrava designed a 54 story building in Sweden that is made, in part, from recycled aluminium. This material is renowned for its high resistance to corrosion. MJS Engineering can use aluminium in different alloys to meet various engineering projects.
Titanium has a very high strength to weight ratio, making it ideal for applications where efficient structural integrity is required. It is used extensively in automotive technology as well as aerospace industries, titanium is also finding its place among many modern engineering projects.
The Bronze Age occurred roughly 3 to 5 thousand years ago, but bronze is still prized for its durability as well as its beauty. While civilisations of this era used bronze mainly for household items like bowls or cups as well as weaponry, it was also used as ornamentation in architecture. Bronze is an improved alloy made primarily of copper. Like Titanium, it is often found in aerospace engineering. It’s highly resistant to corrosion and wear, which makes it a good material for precision machined parts. Bronze can be alloyed with other metals to self-lubricate. Lead is commonly used as a lubricant in these situations. Bronze is sometimes used as an accenting material on modern engineering projects, especially in architectural engineering.
The applications of glass in architecture are nearly endless and it is one of the most common products used in engineering today. Highly utilised for architectural engineering, glass can be used to create anything from sturdy pillars to creations so delicate that they seem unreal. Often used in conjunction with steel on modern commercial projects, glass is an excellent insulator from the elements and can be produced in a variety of ways for different purposes. Glass is commonly found as a key component of building facades, interior partitioning, and roofing for commercial or agricultural applications.
You need only look at a picture of the Parthenon or the Taj Mahal to understand the durability and beauty of marble in engineering. These are among the most famous structures in the world and while a building made totally from marble would be impractical today, they are testament to what can be done.
Marble is a high quality material used heavily in commercial and residential engineering projects. While most marble today is seen in flooring, it is also widely used for semi-structural vanity features such as pillars, railings, and staircases. Whether it is marble tile on a floor or a marble veneer around an entryway, this material adds elegance to any structure in which it is used.
In use for hundreds of thousands of years in structural engineering, timber is as widely used today as at any other point in history. Timber is an especially renewable resource and therefore it is considered a ‘green’ material. This material can be used in a variety of projects as both a structural material, or as an accent or finishing material. Timber is lightweight, versatile, and strong. Clients will find examples of timber as a primary material in commercial buildings up to 6 stories high, smaller bridges, and in a variety of agricultural engineering projects like barns and storehouses.
Laminates can be composite materials, or all wood product laminates. They’re often used in flooring and other surface features in commercial installations. Laminates provide an extremely strong, yet cost effective surface which can provide a more uniformed design than organic options.
With the vast number of materials and combinations that can be used, it is small wonder that building designs are becoming not only more beautiful, but more durable as well.