Six Common Types of Steel Sections

Six Common Types of Steel Sections Structural steel is versatile and flexible enough to be shaped into a variety of profiles. The designs of skyscrapers, bridges, ships, and other large structures call for many different types of steel sections, so it’s imperative that professional fabricators have the capabilities to meet the demands that the project calls for. Here are six of the most common steel sections required in constructing large structures:


Also called universal beams or H-beams, these structural steel beams have a strong center to provide vertical support. They can be used on their own, welded together to create continuous beams, and embedded in concrete. Almost every major structure requires support from I-beams, making this material one of the most common in large-scale construction projects.

Angled Beams

These steel beams form an L shape and are often used in the framework of structures. Though the length of each segment can vary, angled beams always form a right angle.


Similar to I-beams but with two parallel flanges extending from only one side of the vertical support, U-beams are often used as braces to reinforce the structure. U-beams can range in size according to the blueprints.

Flat Bars

These simple yet versatile steel sections have myriad uses in construction projects. Typically, they’re used to connect different sections and can take on nearly any shape to accomplish this task.

Round & Square Beams

Solid steel beams that have a round or square shape are more often used in industrial equipment and appliances as opposed to building a structure. Nonetheless, they have numerous applications and are an important commodity in a range of industries.

Hollow Structural Sections (HSS)

Hollow structural sections, often abbreviated to HSS, are circular steel bars that are hollow in the middle. The hollow space on the inside improves resistance to torsion, making HSS a vital component for multi-axis loading applications.

How to Perfectly Fabricate All Manner of Structural Steel Sections

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