Fans are installed to provide exhaust, intake or circulation. A common application for angle rings and other curved steel sections is in fan housings. The metal rings serve as structural supports as well as mating flanges to connect to round ductwork.
An Axial Fan with Metal Rings Serving as Its Housing and Connecting Flange
Metal . . . → Read More: Steel Angle Rings in Fan Housings
Certain projects require bending metal tubing and pipe into a reverse curve that looks like the letter “S” or repeated reverse curves that look like a sine wave. The applications can be for structural steel, for ornamental and miscellaneous metal, and for art. The methods for bending these shapes include three-roll bending, rotary draw . . . → Read More: Methods to Bend Tubing and Pipe into an “S” Curve
Star architect, Rafael Vinoly, envisioned a spectacular, half-barrel, vaulted skylight 150ft high and 327ft long arching over the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.
To help make this dream a reality, Chicago Metal Rolled Products curved 292 pieces of 5 x 5 x ½ structural steel tubing to an 86ft 8-5/8in radius in . . . → Read More: Curving Tubing for the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
Tank manufacturers at times require that stainless steel half pipe be welded to the outside of their tanks, usually for thermal transfer. For example, recently we had 304 stainless steel, 3” schedule 40 (3.50 OD x 0.216 wall) pipe cut in half longitudinally.
When pipe or tubing is split this way, it is not unusual . . . → Read More: Bending Stainless Steel Half Pipe into a Helix
The bending of steel profiles like angles, bars, beams, channels, tees, pipe and tube, often requires short turn-around times to meet the needs of its customers. Three industrial groups require curving of steel sections: structural steel fabricators, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), and mechanical contractions.
At times it seems counterintuitive that structural steel fabricators would need a fast . . . → Read More: Why Speed and Response Time Is Critical in Profile Bending
Pipe and round tubing can be saw-cut or torch-cut in half longitudinally to create half pipe which can be subsequently straightened or curved. The curved half pipe is sometimes welded to the outside or inside of tanks to be used for thermal transfer. Pipe and round tubing up to 24in OD can be split . . . → Read More: Curving Half Pipe
The request was for 15ea. 8in outside diameter aluminum pipe rolled to an 83ft 7in center-line radius 15ft long and for 9 more rolled aluminum pipes to a 47ft 11in centerline radius 15 ft. long. And the customer wanted the aluminum segments to be shipped to Chicago’s McCormick Place. We asked what all this was . . . → Read More: Rolling Aluminum Pipe for the NATO Summit in Chicago
A steel beam can be cambered by rolling it in a three roll bender, by ramming it with a hydraulic cylinder, or by applying heat with a torch. Cambering a steel beam, by any method, will increase its yield and tensile strength but decease its ductility and toughness. Data from research, however, indicates that the effects will . . . → Read More: How Cambering Steel Beams Affects Their Physical Properties
Everyone recognizes the good that is done when someone does volunteer work, contributes to a charity, helps his neighbor.
Some years ago, Ted Turner, the founder of CNN, gave a billion dollars to the U.N. In a television interview, a reporter asked him if he could have done more good by reinvesting that money in one of . . . → Read More: What Good Are You Anyway?
The price of energy including gas is a hot topic these days. Not only does it cost almost $100 to fill up your SUV, but the price of everything processed, manufactured and/or transported (which is about everything) will cost more because of an increase in energy costs. Furthermore, economists have calculated that a 25 cents increase in . . . → Read More: How Does the Price of Energy Affect Those of Us Working with Steel?