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Steel Building Misconceptions

June 1, 2020 10:42 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Steel buildings are everywhere, but historically speaking, it’s a relatively new construction material. Many people are laboring under misconceptions about steel and how it functions in a building. In short, it’s an extremely durable building material that offers excellent benefits, making it very popular in modern construction. As always, the higher-quality steel you get, the longer your building will last. Here’s what you need to know about common myths about steel buildings in Indiana: Steel frames will rust: Building steel is often dipped in a protective coating, which safeguards the material against rust and corrosion. Most building steel comes with... View Article

What’s the Difference Between Iron and Steel?

May 18, 2020 10:42 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Iron and steel are both frequently used in construction, although steel is the modern metal of choice. Some people think of them as interchangeable, but there are several key differences between the materials. If you’ve ever wondered what the difference is between iron and steel in Indiana, read on to learn what these metals are made of. Iron Iron has been used in construction for about 6,000 years, although it’s not as popular as it once was. Structures like the Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty are constructed with iron, which is quite durable and attractive. Iron is a... View Article

The Pros and Cons of Skyscrapers

April 2, 2020 9:32 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Skyscrapers are major undertakings that require complete conceptual design to ensure their aesthetic value and structural integrity. Whether you are building in Indiana or anywhere else in the United States or Canada, the benefits of skyscrapers are often apparent in the “wow” factor, although there are disadvantages as well. Here is an overview of the pros and cons of skyscrapers. The benefits of skyscrapers Skyscrapers are the best way to have as much work or retail space in as few city blocks as possible. Height creates space in dense cities, and large cities like New York and Chicago are notable... View Article

Overcoming Vortex Shedding in Skyscrapers

March 19, 2020 9:32 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Vortex shedding is the oscillating flow of air or water as it goes past a bluff, rather than a streamlined body. As skyscrapers are rarely streamlined, this causes excessive force that could lead to structural damage. In fact, it is a likely factor in the 1940 collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. Skyscraper vortex shedding is an issue that must be addressed during design and construction in Indiana and beyond. Here is an overview of vortex shedding and ways to overcome it. Effect of vortices Everyone has seen a vortex. The swirling currents in rivers and streams and the flow... View Article

Concrete vs. Steel: Which to Choose?

March 12, 2020 7:50 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

When it comes to commercial construction, two major building materials reign supreme: concrete and steel. When it comes down to it, if you’re going to construct a new building for nearly any purpose, one of your first (and most critical) choices is to build your structure from concrete or steel. The debate over the merits of these two materials rages on. Still, in a side-by-side comparison, there’s almost no debate about which is the better choice: steel. In fact, there are so many benefits of steel construction in Indiana that it’s hard to know where to begin. Fight back against... View Article