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Did Bethlehem Steel make beams for the Chrysler Building?

  • 1.  Did Bethlehem Steel make beams for the Chrysler Building?

    Staff Liaison
    Posted 11-30-2020 16:12
    David Venditta, a retired reporter for the Allentown, Pa. Morning Call, did extensive research (including from ASM sources!) to answer this question. The results of his labors are documented in a fascinating two-part story.
    Note: Nonsubscribers seem to be limited to two free articles from the Morning Call site. So, if you click on any links while reading Part 1, you may not be able to read Part 2 without a subscription.

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    Scott Henry
    Senior Content Engineer
    ASM International
    Materials Park OH
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  • 2.  RE: Did Bethlehem Steel make beams for the Chrysler Building?

    Posted 12-01-2020 04:50
    In preparation for my presentation: "Nickel Alloys and Stainless Steels.
    A historical perspective" given at the NACE - CORROSION Anniversary
    meeting in New Orleans 1993, I asked my wife Christina to check with the
    owners of the Chrysler Building on the state of the Krupp stainless
    covering the building. It turned out that nobody of the building
    management at that time was aware of the historical implications of
    their building and immideately started to research the situation. The
    outcome was that Walter Chrysler "after exhaustive tests in competition
    with other metals" had ordered Krupp V2A steel from Germany in 1932; but
    apparently was unsure of the expected life span, so all critical
    construction elements were ordered double. The spare items were
    dicovered unused in the cellar. It turned out that up to 1993 only two
    strips, covering the bottom of revolving doors, subject to salt and
    erosion, had so far to be replaced.