Structural steel is the bread and butter of steel fabrication. Designers, architects and engineers choose different sections for their aesthetics and structural qualities – their choices determined by size, weight and profile.

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There are multiple types of structural steel used in construction that differ in size, weight and profile.

Parallel Flange Channels

These channelled beams are U-shaped with right-angled corners – a bit like a stick of staples. They come in many different sizes; however, the two sides are always the same length and parallel. They also offer a high strength to weight ratio and have similar uses to angled sections.

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Tapered Flange Beams

Taper flange beams are I-shaped sections and are also available in a wide variety of sizes. In construction, these are often used for cross-sections of girders. Though they have quite high resistance ratios, they are not usually recommended when pressure is present along their length as they are not torsion (twisting) resistant.

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Universal Beam

Universal beams, also known ad I-beams or H-beams, are shaped like their namesake: an ‘I’ when standing upright and a ‘H’ on their side. Universal beams are usually made of structural steel and are used in construction and civil engineering, among other industries.

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Universal Column

Universal beams are also widely used for structural steel purposes. They are similar to beams and are often called I-beams or H-beams. However, all three sections are equal in length. As their name suggests, they are mainly used for columns and have fantastic load-bearing capabilities.

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