General information on steel sections
Steel sections have a specific cross-section that stretches over the length of the product. Product descriptions such as U- or T-profile are derived from this relative cross-section. Steel sections are available in a variety of cross sections, where norms help guide the requirements in size, weight, permitted deviations and static values.
Steel sections are popular due to their versatility and are used in many applications, including Construction. Generally steel is a sustainable, environmentally friendly material: Raw materials used in the manufacturing of steel are universally available in large quantities. Steel is fully recyclable without compromising quality.
How are steel sections manufactured?
Steel sections can be manufactured through the process of hot-rolling, cold-rolling or cold drawing. When choosing the manufacturing process the specific material and desired form should be taken into consideration.
Hot-rolling is primarily used when manufacturing standardised steel sections. During the hot-rolling process blocks of raw steel are heated to rolling temperature, sometimes in multiple steps, in order to be processed and formed. The basic material created can then be manufactured into beams and alike. During hot-rolling, mill scale is created on the surface of the steel sections which can be removed at a later stage in the process.
Depending on the required strength and characteristics, steel sections may additionally be cold-rolled. Cold-rolling steel at room temperature generally allows for greater size accuracy.
The primary material used for cold drawing has commonly already been given a specific contour in preceding rolling processes. With the aid of a stencil, steel sections are shaped into their final form. Cold drawing generates high-quality steel sections with only minor deviations in measurements and a smooth finish. The cold drawing process furthermore increases the stability of steel by strengthening the material.
Which industries utilise steel sections in their manufacture?
Steel sections are made use of throughout multiple sectors. Industries purchasing large quantities of steel sections include:
- Agricultural equipment
- Construction and building components
- Infrastructure and street furniture
- Trucks and trailers
- Lifting and excavating
What are the benefits of steel sections?
Steel sections provide many advantages to customers, such as
- Enhanced end product performance
- Strong, light products
- Opportunities to cut costs
- Opportunities to simplify processing
- Maximised yield
- High carrying capacity
- Easily connected to other materials
Which products can you buy in the Kloeckner online shop?
In the Kloeckner online shop you can find a broad assortment of quality steel products, including an extensive range steel sections:
- Universal Beams and Columns
- Flat, Rounds, Squares and Angles
- ERW tubes
- Structural Hollow Sections