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What are the various differences between an H-beam and a I-beam ? View All

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rahul gopinath
H beams are mainly better, heavier and more load resistant that the I beams

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Saying H-beams are better than I-beams is very subjective. It is important to use the optimal beam configuration for the application.

In general H-beams have longer and heavier flanges than I-beams, but in many times the term H-beam and I-beam can be used interchangeably and is depend on the Industry and the Country where the term is being used.

To make designations of beam types even more confusing. I-beams can be called W-beams for "Wide-Flange" beam.

If you look H-beam up on wikipedia you are redirected to the I-beam page.


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Richard Williams
Well not being an engineer I looked at your answer and then the two letters involved with the descriptions. I of course have to be wrong about this but isn't an I-beam actually an H-beam lying on its side?

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John Tsouflias
an H beam here in the US is primarily used as steel piles, mainly because of its heavy section properties. I beams are similar to H beams, but less stocky. I beams are primarily used in steel framed buildings or similar structures. H beams are not economical in use for framing purposes

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Steel Vs Timber Beams

s:Steel is expensive - especially given recent increases in world steel

t:Timber is cheaper and less prone to world fluctuations in prices

s:Steel needs a specialist supplier/fabricator
t:One supplier/fabricator for all structural needs

s:Steel needs a specialist subcontractor on site
t:One subcontractor (a Carpenter) for all onsite needs

s:Steel work involves greater organisational complexity i.e. steel work

has to interrupt the carpentry work, to allow carpentry work to proceed
t:No interruptions to the flow of trades work

s:Site welding creates safety issues for those undertaking the work

t:No safety needs over and above normal carpentry needs

s:Steel involves heavy lifting which may include cranes, props and

t:Timber is lighter and involves simpler handling procedures

3 years ago


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