Beam Splitting

Steel supply beam splitting

Steel Tee Beams are a versatile structural element in construction, offering unique advantages when utilized effectively.

What is a Tee Beam?

  • Definition: A Tee Beam is a steel profile with a stem and flanges.
  • Production: Tee Beams are wide flange beams cut into two pieces.
  • A Tee Beam is a steel profile uncommon at the mill.

The Cutting Process

  • Description: We have a specialized device to cut the web of a beam, producing two Tee Beams.
  • Center vs. Off-Center Cuts: While center cuts are most common, off-center cuts are also possible.
  • Transformation: The portion of the beam formerly known as the web becomes the stem of the Tee Beam.

Anatomy of Tee-Beam vs Wide Flange Beam

Diagram of a Tee Beam
Diagram of a Wide Flange Beam

Advantages of Steel Tee Beams

  • Versatility: Tee Beams can offer structural support and flexibility in various applications.
  • Customization: Larger Tee Beams can be tailored to specific project requirements by adjusting the cutting process.
  • Strength and Stability: Tee Beams provide robust support, particularly in load-bearing situations.
  • Reduce the height and weight of the assembly
  • Easier to bend the beam

Disadvantages of Tee Beams

  • Lower tensile strength than comparably sized W-beam
  • Less resistance to tensile forces when compared to a W-beam

Application in Construction

  • Structural Support: Tee Beams are seen in building frames, bridges, and other load-bearing structures.
  • Space Optimization: Their unique profile allows for efficient use of space, making them ideal for projects with limited clearance.
  • Flexibility: Tee Beams can accommodate various design requirements, adapting to different architectural and engineering needs.

Understanding the Part Numbers

Tee Beams split from Wide Flange Beams are designated as “WT” preceding the size (stem height X weight/foot X length). For example, a Wide Flange Beam size W12 x 30 X 20 split to a Tee Beam would be designated WT6 X 15 X 20 since the 12-inch height of the original beam split in half = 6 inches and the 30 pounds per foot of the original beam split in half = 15 pounds.