Curved structural steel including pipe, often exposed, is increasingly being used in construction of a wide variety of structures. There are many ways to connect intersecting curved pipe. Here are three ways to connect the pipe: one for a curtain wall for an arena, one for a band shell, and one for a trellis for a . . . → Read More: Different Ways to Connect Intersecting Curved Pipe
The new North Halsted Bridge in Chicago with its curved steel arches doesn’t have to look impressive to be impressive. Connecting the River West neighborhood to the ever-lively Old Town area, the bridge is designed for multi-modal use, i.e. for bikes and pedestrians, too.
I agree with Blair Kamin’s criticism that it looks squat and not elegant, . . . → Read More: Curved Steel Bridge Arches that Are More Functional than Beautiful
Curtain wall systems cover the outer walls of buildings but are not structural. They keep out the weather. Since they are not structural, they can save construction costs. Curtain wall systems can incorporate curved steel to create curved curtain walls.
For example, the Sprint Arena in Kansas City, Missouri, has an elaborate curtain wall system that curves . . . → Read More: Bending Tubing and Pipe for Curved Curtain Wall
On display at the London Olympics, the competitive sport of fencing is based on three disciplines each with its own steel weapon size and style.
From left to right, epee, sabre, and foil
Those of us in the metal business are familiar with many of the different grades of steel that have been developed and improved over . . . → Read More: Specialty Steels Used in the Olympics: From Epees to Barbells
On July 31, with little time in her busy schedule, Jeanne told me, “Just show me the good stuff.” I skipped the Power Point presentation and headed directly for the section bender where her crew was videotaping the rolling of 1-1/2, 2, 2-1/2, and 3inch pipe into rings varying in diameter from 6 to 18ft. The . . . → Read More: Celebrated Architect Jeanne Gang Visits a Metal-Working Factory
The Actual outside diameter (OD) of a pipe is larger than its name: Nominal (nominal means “in name only” from Middle English nominalle meaning “of nouns). Use the table to the right to cross reference the Actual OD (outside diameter) of the pipe to the Nominal Pipe Size. For pipes larger than 12″, the Actual OD . . . → Read More: How to Check the Diameter of a Metal Pipe
A common use for curved structural steel is for canopies at the entrance to buildings. Using curved steel such as rectangular or square tubes can provide an aesthetically pleasing look in addition to functionality.
Creating a similar structure out of straight sections may require additional welding and trim time. Consequently, the additional rolling costs of using curved . . . → Read More: Bending Steel Tubes for Canopies: Functional Aesthetics
Recently we were contacted by a customer for a very difficult steel plate rolling job. They required steel cone sections to be rolled for a scrubber system that was being added to a coal power plant. It is a green initiative that is supposed to reduce sulfur dioxide emissions by up to 90%, as well as . . . → Read More: Rolling Steel Plate Cones for the Environment