Can you imagine living in a home larger than the airplane hangar for a 747? Well David and Jackie Siegel are about to finish construction on their 90,000 square foot residence. David Siegel, the billionaire founder of Westgate Resorts, started construction on this mega-mansion in 2004 and after the financial crisis in 2008 had to take . . . → Read More: Steel Lintels and the American Palace of Versailles
Steel tees, especially larger tees, are produced by splitting a steel beam and then straightening or curving the two resultant tees to the required specifications. At times these specifications can require close tolerance work.
For example, WT12 x 27.5 steel tees were required to be rolled stem-out to an inside radius of 53ft 0.187in with 44ft 4in . . . → Read More: Creating Close Tolerance Curved Steel Tees
One of the structural steel shapes is the tee. Tees can be supplied straight or curved. The smaller sizes are produced in steel mills; the larger sizes are produced by splitting beams longitudinally.
A customer who is seeking steel tees for use in machinery and equipment or for use in construction would typically contact either a steel . . . → Read More: Creating Straight or Curved Steel Tees
Steel tees up to 22 x 142-1/2 can be curved stem in, stem out or stem up. At times, however, either the stem is too large or the radius is too tight to roll a tee. One solution is to fabricate a built-up tee.
For example, a customer wanted two tees with a 14in stem ½ in . . . → Read More: Built-up Curved Tees
20ft WT4 x 9 Split and Straightened to 1/16in Tolerance
One steel section that does not typically come as a profile from a steel mill is the tee section. Except for small sections, steel tees are produced by splitting beams. A rotary shear or a torch cuts the web of the beam to produce . . . → Read More: Straightening or Curving Steel Tees Made from Split Beams
Several steel mills produce small structural steel tees in sizes from ¾” to 2-1/2” which can be purchased at many steel warehouses. Tees can be rolled stem-in, stem-out or stem-up. Larger size tees are made by splitting a structural beam, either by flame cutting or by rotary shear. (A machine that looks like an oversized can . . . → Read More: Bending Steel Tees from ¾ Inch to WT18
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While attending various trade shows either for OEM products like storage tanks, antennas, agricultural and construction equipment, etc., I regularly see where the use of a curved steel section—produced by beam bending, bar bending, angle bending, channel bending or any other section bending—could have reduced the cost of the equipment.
For example, I . . . → Read More: Can a curved steel section reduce the cost of OEM products?
Whenever I talk to architects and engineers about bending beams, bending pipes, or any other steel section bending, three questions usually come up:
Is it structurally sound?
Is it too expensive? And
Is it readily available to meet a demanding construction schedule.
Is it structurally sound?
Writing specifically about steel beam bending, Reidar Bjorhovde addressed this question in the Engineering Journal/Fourth . . . → Read More: Curved Steel in Construction? No worries!
Recently, I gave the presentation at the Kansas City Regional Steel Fabricators Association biannual meeting. 110 steel fabricators, engineers, architects, detailers, and others attended the breakfast.
I talked about the benefits of involving a specialty subcontractor like Chicago Metal Rolled Products in the design process when curved steel elements are included like rolled HSS and W beams.
During . . . → Read More: Galvanizing Curved Steel