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  • Writer's pictureIr Kong Chin Ming


In today’s world, we see and use steel structures everywhere.

The existence of the railways we use every day from home to work, or one of the world’s most visited tourist attraction points Eiffel Tower, is made possible by the use of steel as a structural material. Thanks to its unique properties, all types of steel form a basis for our modern society.

Structural steel is a type of steel that is used as a construction material. It is designed to have a good strength/weight ratio (which is also called specific strength) and to be cost-effective in order to be benefited as a structural component in buildings, roads, bridges, etc.

Structural Steel is that the most preferential metal by architects, designers, engineers, contractors, and fabricators. This is mainly because of its properties especially highly durable, corrosion-resistant, tensile, and cost-effectiveness.


Structural steel has varied applications in the construction industry. It is generally used in designing and building industrial places.

Structural steel has a high strength/weight ratio that makes it excellent to use in the construction of enormous structures such as buildings, warehouses, bridges, factories, etc.

Steel frames, beams, columns, bars, girders, plates, and many others are created by structural steel fabricators which are used in the construction industry.

Every year, about 25% of structural steels are used in the construction of buildings.


The mining industry has a lot of applications of structural steel. Most of the components in the mining substructure are reinforced using structural steel. All workshops, offices, structural parts of mines such as mining screens, fluidized bed boilers, buildings are made with structural steel. Structural steel is easy to clean because of its smooth surface. Therefore, do not interfere with other elements


Structural steel is used to produce trucks, transmissions, trains, rails and ships, anchor chains, aircraft undercarriages, and jet engine components. Most of these vehicles contain a significant amount of structural steel.

Structural steels are used because of their elasticity, corrosion resistance, tensile strength, ductility, malleability, and affordability.


Most marine vehicles are built using structural steel, for example; submarines, boats, supertankers, ladders, steel flooring, and grating, stairs, and fabricated sections of steel. Structural steel can resist external pressures, can be formed easily. These properties make structural steels purposive for the marine sector.


There are a lot of structural steel applications in the energy industry. It is used in many industrial buildings in renewable and non-renewable energy sources such as  transmission towers, pipelines, wind turbines, electromagnets, transformer cores, oil and gas wells.

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