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Advantages of Structural Steel Beams

August 12, 2016

There are many reasons why structural steel beams are the preferred material in residential and commercial construction. Structural steel beams are materials that are able to endure loads while providing an opposing force to remain unaffected by bending. Bending moment is characterized by the bending force that is inflicted unto the beam from added external loads, the weight and the width of the actual beam, as well as the load’s effect on the beam.

Many engineers and architects prefer to use structural steel beams for construction projects, as well as civil and marine operations. During the manufacturing of structural steel beams, other material elements can be added such as aluminum, titanium, and niobium. The added elements are used in order to control the size, shape, composition, strength, and storage requirements of the structural steel beams.

There are many different materials employed in the construction of buildings and bridges, however structural steel beams make it possible for the framing system to be accomplished in less time in comparison to other alternative materials. The strength values as well as the chemical composition are specific depending on the requirements of the construction project. Structural steel is versatile to work with, which is why it is also used in the construction of pipelines and large ships.

The production of structural steel beams means minimum waste during construction, which is advantageous for anyone looking to streamline costs. Moreover, steel can be fire proofed by using external insulation and specialty coatings which inhibit steel deterioration in case of fire. In comparison to other traditional construction materials, structural steel beams make it possible for engineers and architects to work at their creative peak thanks to structural steel’s endless design possibilities. What’s more, structural steel can be bent and curved into shape in order to accomplish designs that are nonlinear and out of the box.