If you’re looking for steel beams, then you’ve come to the right place. At Metro Steel, beams are just one of the many components that we fabricate using structural steel. Our steel beams are available in an array of shapes and sizes, so whatever your steel beam needs, we’ve got you covered.
What is structural steel?
Structural steel is a type of steel that’s been specially fabricated for use on structural elements of a building or for other structures such as towers, pipelines, bridges, and ships. Structural steel is a carefully regulated industry and has to meet many standards to ensure the safety and stability of each and every structure.
In Australia, structural steel is mostly used in the construction industry in the form of structural beams. They lend structural support to buildings with the vertical section (or web) of the beam providing resistance from tearing apart, breaking, or collapsing while the flange resists any bending of the section.
Common Steel Beams
- Universal Beams – These are universally called RSJ’s or Rolled Steel Joints and comes about from the way a beam was traditionally made using just a single sheet of steel. Also referred to as I-beams and H-beams, they’re so-called because an I-beam looks like an “I” when standing upright and when it’s laying on its side it looks like an “H”. They’re commonly used in the construction industry and in civil engineering.
- Welded Beams – These are made up of 3 separate plates of steel which are welded together, and consist of a top flange, web, and a bottom flange. When being fabricated, the flange and web dimensions are carefully matched to load requirements along the length of the beam. These are used in construction and for industrial applications like cranes.
- Tapered Flange Beams – These are available in a wide variety of sizes and are I-shaped sections. When used in construction, they’re often used for the cross-section of girders. Although they have quite a high resistance ratio, it’s not usually recommended to use them if pressure is present along their length, since they are not resistant to twisting.
To ensure the integrity of structural elements of a build, it’s crucial to rely on high-quality steel fabrication. While it may seem a straight forward process, it takes years of professional experience and technical knowledge to get it right, which is why it’s important to work with expert steel fabricators such as Metro Steel.
If you’re considering steel beam fabrication for your next project, then come and speak to the experts at Metro Steel. We have the experience and knowledge to answer all of your questions and find the best solution to meet your needs.
Why not give us a call on 07 3204 1000 to discuss your project or drop by our purpose-built facility at Kabi Circuit, Deception Bay.