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Understanding Structural Steel Beams Engineering

August 16, 2023

Engineering is something that makes the world go round. The advancements made in engineering during the last few centuries have set the base for humanity to prosper as we have. Civil engineering is one of the areas where humanity has made tremendous advancements. The civil engineering revolution and the increased use of steel beams in construction go hand in hand. Structural engineering has made it possible for beams to bear the weight and provide strength to our buildings! In this blog post, we'll discuss how exactly structural steel beams are designed in such a way that they are able to bear heavy loads without breaking or bending.


How Is a Load on Structural Steel Beam Calculated?


  • Using steel beams for construction without proper calculation of load-bearing can have devastating results. Calculating the load on a structural steel beam is a crucial step in ensuring its safety and durability. There are a lot of nuances that go into the design of a steel beam, By accurately determining the amount of weight or force that will be applied to the beam, engineers can design structures that can withstand these loads without failure.

  • One of the most important factors for determining the expected load is the type of load being applied. There are two types of loads — static and dynamic. One of the most important differences between static and dynamic load is that while the former moves the latter remains at the same place.

  • Next, engineers must identify the specific characteristics of the materials being used – such as their dimensions and properties like yield strength and elasticity. These details play an integral role in calculating the maximum allowable stress that can be exerted on the beam before deformation or failure occurs.

  • Understanding how different types of loads are distributed along with beams allows for more accurate calculations. Certain formulas are used for uniformly distributed loads (UDL), concentrated loads (point loads), and even combinations of various loading conditions.


A lot of thought, designing, fabrication, and effort go into manufacturing the perfect steel beams. The world as we know it today might not exist without the availability of dependable steel beams. Scarboro Steel Works Limited is a leading manufacturer and supplier of industrial-grade structural steel beams. We are also the leading name when it comes to structural steel fabrication. With decades of experience in serving clients in Toronto and the GTA, we have established ourselves as industry leaders. Get in touch with us today to procure steel beams or avail of steel fabrication service.