Opportunities grow for HSS: engineers

Mar 22, 2013 | 01:55 PM | Corinna Petry

Tags  hollow structural sections, HSS, wide-flange beams, structural engineers, steel fabricators, builders, Corinna Petry

CHICAGO — Hollow structural sections (HSS) are gaining ground in industrial applications that previously favored wide-flange beams, but the steel tube product still faces challenges as engineers familiar with other materials are slow to substitute.

HSS is gaining traction in Latin America and other regions where seismic standards are paramount, participants in a roundtable discussion said March 21 at the Steel Tube Institute’s Inaugural HSS Market Conference in Chicago. It also is gaining support from engineers looking for specific attributes.

"It depends on what architects are looking for. Curves seem to be in," one engineer said. "We understand wide-flange beam connection detailing better than HSS, but we like HSS for columns, including exposed applications."....

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