Discussed in a previous blog from last year, an Ohio state park committee was seeking curved steel 20×4 tube stringers for a monumental outdoor stairway. The problem the committee ran into was that the size tubing the design team had decided upon was not produced in the weathering steel which was an essential component of the . . . → Read More: The Grand Outdoor Staircase
Many companies are finding new uses for the helical bending of steel pipe or tubes. Pipe and tubing can be extremely functional in applications which need a helical curve, though rolling pipe helically presents several challenges. Perhaps the most common example used in helical pipe jobs is when a designer calls for handrails on curved staircases. . . . → Read More: Challenges of Helical Pipe Bending
A helical strake is a spiraling strip often designed by engineers to give structural support to large metal cylinders such as smoke stacks. The process to make the strakes requires an initial set up of dies and tooling to roll the parts. A flat steel bar is rolled to a specified diameter or radius. At the . . . → Read More: An Alternate Use for Helical Strakes
Often, in the rolling and bending industry, we field requests asking about the minimum radius to which we can roll or bend a piece. In some instances, an estimator can quickly say yes or no based on prior knowledge and bending experience. There are many factors to take into account when determining the minimum radius such . . . → Read More: A Quick Guide to Minimum Radius Bending
A state park committee in Logan, Ohio, had a vision of a monumental tube-steel, circular stair way with an intermediate platform for viewing one of their many spectacular waterfalls. They wanted to use self-weathering steel for its aesthetic and sustainable advantages over conventional A500 tubing.
Unfortunately, a significant design oversight occurred when it was revealed during the . . . → Read More: Bending Corten Steel to Fabricate a Rectangular, Helical, Stair Stringer
What can a community or chamber of commerce do to beautify a viaduct when it runs under a railroad line? Not much. The crumbling faces can rarely be modified because they are owned by the railroad. Don’t even think about anchoring nicely finished panels to the scummy inside walls…those also belong to the railroad. The newest . . . → Read More: Curved Structural Steel and Curved Steel Sheet Beautify Transportation Routes
Steel circular stairs (sometimes called “spiral stairs”) commonly incorporate “stringers,” structural members that support the treads, side walls (if any), and handrails. These stair stringers can be made of plate, channel, beam and tube (round, square and rectangular). These steel sections are most often curved into a helix but are sometimes formed into more complex compound . . . → Read More: Fabricating Box Plate Stringers for Circular Stairs
As architects and engineers continue to push forward with ever more challenging designs for steel structures, companies that supply the service of curving steel have responded well to the new demands.
Increasingly, designers are weighing the costs and benefits of various proposals. In the best case, benders and rollers (companies that specialize in curving structural steel) are . . . → Read More: Saving Money While Creating Reverse Curves in Structural Steel
Many Bender/Rollers not only curve metal in one plane; they also curve metal in two planes including helical coils. Applications in construction include stringers and handrails for circular stairs as well as ornamental and structural members for buildings.
On a smaller scale, Bender/Rollers make helical coils for OEM applications including for screw conveyors and augers. The ancient . . . → Read More: Helical Coils: Where’s Archimedes When You Need Him?
Curved steel companies may receive the same requests for quotations, but their actual products may not be of the same quality.
When purchasing straight steel, you largely know what to expect. There are standardized specifications and tolerances that steel mills have to meet in order to certify it. Straight steel is essentially a commodity.
Curved steel, however, is . . . → Read More: Making Circular Staircases: Quality Matters