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Standard steel forms

Cable and rod production :

Cable and rod production : Cable and rod production

Cables are manufactured from individual wires which themselves are made by drawing the end of a rolled rod through a tapered hole. Wire can be galvanised or sheathed to prevent corrosion. Stainless steel wire can also be produced.

Castings :

Castings : Castings

For complex shapes, which may be too expensive or impractical to fabricate, or where there is sufficient repetition of details, steel castings may be an appropriate solution.

Curved forms :

Curved forms : Curved forms

Steel members of any standard section can be curved. The curve can be about the major or minor axis; reversed curves and hoop shapes are also possible.

Introduction :

Introduction : Introduction

The traditional process for steelmaking resulted in blocks of steel known as ingots or billets, which then needed to be processed into useful forms.

Modified forms of steel sections :

Modified forms of steel sections : Modified forms of steel sections

Non standard steel sections can be fabricated where architectural or structural solutions dictate standard sections inappropriate.

Rolled sections :

Rolled sections : Rolled sections

Most structural sections used by architects and engineers are formed by hot-rolling in a range of standard sizes.

Shaping steel into standard forms :

Shaping steel into standard forms : Shaping steel into standard forms

Designers can select from a wide range of standard steel sections to determine the profile, size and weight appropriate for the majority of situations; the following figure illustrates some of the most common sections used for structural steelwork.

Tubular sections :

Tubular sections : Tubular sections

The two principal ways of making structural hollow sections are the seamless method or by welding.

 

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