You already know that steel is one of the most commonly used construction materials, but you might not know that many different types of rolled steel sections are used in construction.
From a section roll to a channel roll, continue reading to learn everything you need to know about the different sections and their applications:
- Angle sections: Rolled angle sections are manufactured in an L shape and have two different legs. They’re available in either equal or unequal lengths and are commonly used for roof trusses and floor joists.
- Channel sections: Also known as a C-section, a channel roll consists of two equal flanges connected to a web at both ends. They’re available in a variety of sizes and weights and are used throughout steel-framed structures.
- T-sections: As the name suggests, a rolled T-section consists of a flange and web arranged in a T shape. Like angle sections, T-sections are often used in steel roof trusses to form built-up sections. In fact, a construction team can join two angle sections to create a T-section.
- I-sections: I-sections are also commonly known as steel beams or rolled steel joists. They consist of two flanges and a web connected to form an I shape. You’ll find these used as beams, lintels and columns throughout steel structures.
- Round bars: Rolled round bars contain circular cross sections and are used as reinforcement for concrete or steel grillwork. These bars come in diameters ranging from 5 mm to 250 mm to fit a contractor’s specific needs.
- Square bars: Like round bars, rolled square bars also contain cross sections, but they’re square-shaped instead of rounded. These come in the same diameter range as round bars and are often used in windows and gates.
- Flat bars: Rolled flat bars are also commonly used for windows and gates. The width of the bar ranges from 10 mm to 400 mm, and their thickness varies from 3 mm to 40 mm.
- Steel plates: Rolled steel plates look like regular sheets of thick metal and are used to connect steel beams and as tensional members in roof trusses.
- Thermomechanically treated bars: Rolled thermomechanically treated (TMT) bars are manufactured by spraying red-hot steel bars with cold water, which cools the surface down while keeping the inner core hot. This quenching process gives the bar more yield strength for use in steel buildings.
- Welded wire fabrics: As nothing more than mild steel bars welded together, these are as simple as it gets. They’re arranged perpendicular to one another and are welded at each intersection to provide reinforcement for floor slabs, pavement and much more.
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