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History of Steel in civil engineering
Immense progress has been made since ancient times in order to make steel an indispensable element in Public Works. Fabrication de l’acier aujourd’hui : coulée au four électrique à arc industriel - Le Creusot. (Régis Courtin, Photothéque Arcelor) (Steel fabrication today : cast in special industrial electric ovens) Immense progress has been achieved since the reduction of iron minerals up to the production of modern steel, via wrought iron, cast iron and recycling, in order to give steel the acclaim it deserves. You are invited to follow the stages of its evolution (...)
Production and Protection of steel products
The processing and protection of steel products We suggest you hereunder browse the main steps of steel processing. Structural assembly of the lift towers of the Grande Arche de la Défense (J.O. von Spreckelsen, Andreu and Deslaugiers) - R.R. By mechanical working we understood the totality of operations which result in adapting metal products, such as beams and sheet etc., to a structure or a finished item.
Steel and Environment
Building to last with steels As you browse these pages, you will see how up to date and dynamic the image of steel is. It is a material of our time. Steel is accompanying architectural renewal throughout the world, allowing light and transparent structures to be built which integrate with the environment. It allows respect for the architectural heritage with which it stands in harmony. The stainless steel footbridge in Bilbao. (Architect: L.F.Ordenez, IDEAM SA) - R.R. The intermarriage of modern steel with the natural and built environment is a complete (...)
Steel, the products
Steel products used in construction We invite you to browse the great diversity of steel products used in the construction and public works sectors. Hot rolling of a steel coil (Arcelor photo library) More than a billion tonnes of steel a year are currently produced throughout the world, and this demonstrates the international scale of the enormous and continually increasing demand for steel. In actual fact steel provides the basis for entire sections of the world economy from the packing sector to the automotive and aircraft industry, as well as numerous specialist metallurgical (...)
We now invite you to find out more about one of the areas where steel occupies a significant place in construction of the structures built, at the same time as allowing designers great freedom of expression.
Steel, the material
Steel materials and production Please take a tour around the main classifications of different types of steel, their treatment processes and the different stages of production. Main hall of the station at Satolas (Architect : Calatrava Valls - Contractor : Eiffel) - Photo SCMF (Rights Reserved) Because of their extensive range, steel materials adapt remarkably well to the technological challenges of the modern world, whilst at the same time adhering to current norms. Very high-strength, new-generation steel materials mean that structures can be significantly lighter. Progress (...)