Now available for purchase from our online store, the vertical sides of the Universal Beams and Columns designed to withstand the sheer forces that are exerted upon them, whilst their flanges work to prevent the pressure from forcing them to give way. Made from structural steel, they are both well suited to performing load bearing tasks and excel at providing other building materials with additional support.
The Universal Beams and Columns, known as I-beams and H-beams respectively, have incredible stiffness, easily surpassing that of a square or rectangular section of equal girth; meaning that considerably less material is required to complete a building project than would be required if you were using a standard cantilever beam, for example. The rigidity of the I & H beam make them ideal for the construction of public buildings, as they do not allow for vibrations to easily pass through them, reducing the distance that sounds and noises can travel through the building.
The design of the I-beam calls for the dimensions of its depth to always exceed that of its width, making it especially well suited to horizontally carrying loads that apply force to its middle or end, which are known as bending loads; H-Beam's on the other hand are made to stand vertically, therefore it is beneficial for its height to be equal to that of it width. One of the biggest advantages of the Universal Beams and Columns is their parallel flanges, which make the use of tapered washers redundant; making them far easier to connect than the flanges of a standard Rolled Steel Joist (RSJ), which vary in thickness.
As stated earlier, the use of another material to accompany these Universal Columns and Beams, especially concrete, is quite common. The reason for this is that the two materials form a symbiotic relationship, each helping the other to achieve what neither would be capable of doing individually. Concrete will often be used when the applied force exceeds what the fasteners can handle, causing them to yield, or if the compression on the metal may cause a lateral torsion, twisting it out of shape.
To learn more or place an order please visit the respective pages of our Universal Column and Universal Beam pages.