Frequently Asked Questions about Structural Steel

We, the team of VRKP steel, thought that we must answer all the most frequently asked questions about Structural steel, from its history to composition to its uses plus some fun facts.

Frequently Asked Questions about Steel

Structural steel products are usually manufactured by using a particular profile or shape or chemical composition. The composition of the steel mainly consists of iron and carbon. Depending on the application, other elements can be combined for increased strength and durability. Engineers will use a particular profile or plate of steel depending on the span, load-bearing requirements, and shape of the structure which is involved.

What is steel?

When the metal called iron is mixed with carbon and other elements it is called steel. The resultant alloy has many applications such as the main component of buildings, infrastructure, tools, ships, automobiles, machines, various appliances, and weapons. The uses are myriad because steel has a very high tensile strength and relatively low cost.

Who discovered it?

The steel was discovered in Turkey and date back to 1800BC. The modern production of steel dates back to Sir Henry Bessemer of England who found a method for the production of steel with high volume and low cost.

What is the difference between Iron and Steel?

Iron is a natural element that is found in nature within an Iron Ore. Iron is the chief component of Steel, which is an alloy of Iron with the main addition of Steel. Steel is much stronger than Iron, with better tension and compression properties.

What are the properties of steel?

  • Steel has a good Tensile Strength
  • It is incredibly malleable
  • Durable – the steel can withstand external forces.
  • Conductivity – is very good at conducting heat and electricity, useful for cookware and wiring.
  • Lustre – steel has a very attractive, silvery appearance.
  • Corrosion Resistance – it has high corrosion resistance.

Which is the best Structural steel plant in Hyderabad?

Sugna TMT is the best steel plant in Hyderabad. Sugna TMT is the leading steel supplier in Telangana State.

When alloyed with other metals such as aluminium or vanadium, titanium alloy is the strongest. In terms of sheer strength, the best titanium alloys beat low to medium grades of stainless steels. However, the highest grade of stainless steel is tougher than titanium alloys.

What is the strongest grade?

Type 440 – which is a higher grade of cutlery steel. It has a higher percentage of carbon, has much better edge retention when properly heat treated. It is hard to approximately Rockwell 58 of hardness, making it one of the hardest and toughest stainless steels.

Why is not Structural steel termed as a metal?

Steel is an alloy and therefore not a pure element, is not technically a metal but is a variation on one instead. It partially consists of a metal, iron, but because it also has non-metal carbon in its chemical make-up, it is not a pure metal.

Which is the most used type?

304 Stainless Steel or Type 304 the most commonly used grade; the classic 18/8 (18% chromium, 8% nickel) stainless steel. Outside of the US, it is most commonly known as A2 stainless steel, in accordance with ISO 3506 (not to be confused with A2 tool steel)

Some interesting facts about Structural steel?

  • While iron is a strong material on its own, steel can be 1000 times stronger than iron.
  • Rusting of steel slows down or can even stop entirely when an electrical current is passing through steel. This method is called Cathodic Protection.
  • Steel is a highly recycled material in North America.
  • Steel was first used for skyscrapers in 1883.
  • It takes more than the wood of 40 trees to make a wood-framed home a steel-framed home only uses 8 recycled cars.
  • The first steel automobile was manufactured in the year 1918.
  • The amount of energy necessary in the production of a tonne of steel has been cut down in half over the last 30 years.
  • A typical household has up to 65% of steel products.
  • Steel is in your electronics too! Of all the materials that make up an average computer, about 25% of it contains steel.


The first major mass demand for steel came from the railroad companies. Many industries soon followed in demanding steel for their requirements. Steel was first used in mass production for the construction of railroad tracks.

We hope you enjoyed reading this article and we hope we have answered the most frequently asked questions about Structural steel, if you have more questions, please do comment and we will try our best to answer them.

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