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Structural steel is a type of steel that is used for construction purposes, and this type of steel is available in a variety of shapes. Structural steel can vary by shape, size, chemical composition, and mechanical properties. Structural steel is used in bridges, buildings and other types of structures throughout the world. During its manufacture, the steel is fabricated to suit a project’s applicable specifications such as strength, chemical composition and shape. The main ingredients in structural steel are iron and carbon. Common additives found in addition to the iron and carbon are manganese, alloys and certain chemicals, which improve its strength and durability.
Steel is the product of mixing iron with carbon. When it is formed into particular shapes and sizes, it is referred to as structural steel. The I-beam is the most common type used today. Skyscrapers, stadiums and the ship building industry all incorporate some type of I-beam construction.