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Steel angles are also known as angle irons or steel angle bars, depending on how they are formed. The shape formation process uses either hot-rolled or cold-rolled carbon steel. A steel angle formed using hot-rolled steel is known as angle iron, while that formed using cold-rolled angle iron is known as a rolled angle.
With a strong resemblance to the letter ‘L’, a steel angle is formed with a 90° bent angle between its two sides. The sides of an angle iron can be equal or unequal in size, resulting in two subtypes, namely equal angle and unequal angle. Angles with more than 90° bent between their webs are known as V-angles. Buy Angle Iron Today
A hot-rolled angle iron has well-rounded outside edges with tapered sides of unequal thicknesses, and a sharp square outside corner.
A cold-rolled angle iron is more distinctive with its slit edges, uniform thickness of sides, and the outside corner rounded off.
A cold-rolled angle iron has multiple advantages of allowing pre- and post-notch in-line operations such as creating holes, slots, notches, perforating, and mitres, while being in the flat state. The uniform thickness and flatness of the cold-rolled angle iron gives it this advantage. With the hot-rolled angle iron, such operations have to be done off-line which incurs additional expense and time. The tapered legs of a hot-rolled angle iron prevents completion of these additional processes during its formation stage.
Cold-rolled angle iron has less scaling on its surface and is, thus, easier to prime, paint, or powder-coat, as compared to its hot-rolled counterpart.
There are two types of angle irons, based on the web or side lengths of the angle, namely equal angle and unequal angle.
Equal angle irons derive their name from both their sides being equal in width.
Unequal angle irons have one side wider than the other and are, thus, termed as an unequal angle.
Both types of angle irons are produced from either mild carbon steel or high strength, low-alloy carbon steel depending on their end use. The angle iron is accordingly subcategorised as light weight or heavy steel, respectively.
Angle steel is generally given three types of surface treatments which are black (untreated), hot-dipped galvanised, and painted to provide additional protection against corrosion.
Angle iron, being a structural steel product, is used to create frameworks requiring joints formed at a 90° angle. It is easily available in different types of steel, grades, and finishes. Production of angle iron is cost-effective as these are quickly manufactured in bulk. Being highly versatile in its application utilities, angle iron is a popular choice of fabrication product for many industries such as marine, chemical, paper, food, petrochemical, pulp, automotive, telecommunication, and the construction industry. All these industries find angle iron to be a handy structural steel product in their daily applications.
If you are unsure about the right type of angle iron to be used for your project, just give SteelScout a call and we will provide you with the right steel angle iron best suited for your project.
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