Steel angle design software takes the confusion and guesswork out of designing support angles. Calculate too small of angle and your masonry may crack; design too large of angle and your budget suffers.

Steel angles are often used to transfer the dead load of masonry back to the steel framework of the structure typically over doors and windows. Shelf angles, clip angles, and beam flanges are equipped with slots in differing directions to help the builder adjust the steel angle appropriately. The mason readjusts the angle as they work in order to keep the brick flush and squared.

The steel worker or engineer readjusts the steel angle again to provide adequate structural support once the masonry is completed. The beam that supports the steel angle will deflect when loaded and the angle must be spot welded to secure its position. Horizontal expansion joints are often installed directly below the steel angle to accommodate for this deflection and provide additional support.

Quality steel angle design software determines the precise size of angle required to keep costs low. Properly designed angles equate fewer chances of improper installation.  The cost of steel angles is based on the overall weight of the beam and hence an overdesigned beam equates in larger budgets.

If the structural support angles are placed in an environment that draws moisture, a protective flange must be applied to deflect moisture and prevent corrosion of the steel. Regular inspection should be made to ensure that settling and deflection have not affected the supports. A routine structural inspection should also be performed to check for loose fastenings, broken welds, and corrosion.

The use of steel angles to strengthen a brick structure is becoming increasingly popular. This method can significantly increase the strength and stability of a structure when performed properly. Utilizing the exact calculations of a quality design software program not only reduces the workload of the engineer, contractors, and builders, it provides peace of mind for the crew and owner. The steel angle design software eliminates one more potential design flaw and keeps construction moving on schedule.

More and more contractors, builders and engineers are turning to design software to produce structurally sound buildings at a lower cost to the consumer. Steel angle design may be a complicated field, but designing software takes the guesswork out of the calculations involved with these structural support angles.

March 31, 2008

Steel Angle Design Helps Avoid Structural Problems