Steel is a malleable alloy made from carbon and iron. Every year almost 1.8 million tons of steel is used all over the world. Steel fabrication is a process which involves fabricating sheets of steels into creating various equipment and instruments. Steel is strong and durable owing to its properties. Steel fabrication can help create the most complex structures in a matter of few hours and sometimes even less.
Uses of steel fabrication
- Steel is an alloy which can be fabricated into thin sheets of metals or long standing durable structures. When steel is fabricated for industrial use it can be put to further use.
- Prefabricated steel structures can be used to design housing schemes and offices.
- Fabricated steel can serve as a core structure for offices and buildings. It can also be used as a durable covering for an exterior surface or as a covering for pipes and other industrial structures. Steel skeletons are the core of any large building like a sky scraper.
Why is steel fabricated?
Steel has a number of traits which make it ideal for fabrication. It’s a strong and durable. It is available in ample amounts and is diverse enough to be applicable for a variety of uses. Also in the construction industry steel is considered as a cheaper option without having to compromise on the quality of the structure and instead add to its strength. It offers the highest structural integrity when compared with other metals.
Different metals can be added to steel for different purposes. The different structures are added to steel to increase its resistance to heat and electricity. When chromium is added to steel, stainless steel is obtained. It is n alloy which is suitable for utensils and other such structures because it’s prone to rusting and can bear all sorts of elements without compromising on the quality.
Other alloys when added to steel can change its durability and help make it more malleable. Because of its strength and durability, it’s one of the most widely used alloys for industrial purposes.
The fabrication process
Before the sheet of steel is fabricated the fabrication shop works with the client to create a blueprint. Steel can be processed to create needle thin structures to larger ones which could be as big as football field. Some fabrication shops have special CAD tools which can make it easier to create three dimensional structures which are easier to visualise and aid a great deal in creating actual steel structures.
Once the planning is carried out, it’s tie to actually work on the process. A variety of tools and techniques can be used to create different shapes out of the steel. Heat and pressure are used to create different shapes out of the steel.
Once the steel has been processed into different shapes and designs, it’s time to assemble it to from a specific structure. Pieces of steel are welded and riveted together before being placed in their new location.