Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Copyright © 2000, MCB UP Limited
Keywords: Corus Tubes
Corus Tubes, formerly known as British Steel Tubes & Pipes, has introduced a new brochure on the merits of hot finished structural hollow section (SHS) columns in multi-storey buildings.
The brochure, entitled Hot Finished SHS for Multi-storey Columns, is supporting an initiative from Corus to develop the use of SHS columns in multi-storey buildings. Corus believes that there is considerable potential for the application of SHS in this field.
In addition to their naturally elegant and more slender form, tubular columns claim a major advantage of being able to be delivered to site as self-finished elements, up to four storeys high, with no on-site work being required.
"New research on fire protection methods using concrete filling and intumescent coatings, and more efficient methods of making beam to column connections, mean that there are even better opportunities for innovative design and cost savings than in recent years", says Andrew Orton, of Corus Tubes.
The brochure looks at ten case histories of multi-storey building projects in which designers achieved considerable benefits from the use of SHS columns. Construction details of the floor beam to column joints used in these projects are also included.
A separate section of the brochure is devoted to connections to hollow section columns, particularly beam to column connections.
Further sections cover structural design, fire resistance and cost comparisons. In addition, there is a comprehensive bibliography.
The publication will be of interest to architects, structural engineers, developers and quantity surveyors as well as building owners/managers.
Copies of this brochure may been obtained from: Technical Marketing, Corus Tubes. Fax: +44 (0) 1536 404049.