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What Is Steel Tube?


Steel tube, with square or rectangular shape, is a kind of strong, tough, and durable construction material. Its versatility makes it various applications in different industries. Each year millions of tons of steel tubing are produced.


Steel tubing can be welded or seamless. Seamless tubes are made by passing the molten steel over a piercing rod to create a hollow tube. Welded tubes are made from curling a rolling plate and welding the seam together. In the past, seamless tubes were stronger than welded tubes. However, with advanced technology, welded tubes have sufficient strength to replace welded tubes for many applications.


Applications For Steel Tube


Steel tubes are widely used in the construction industry. Steel tubes are valued for their strength and ability to withstand extremes of temperature, pressure, and destructive elements.


Top steel tubing applications include:


Construction and Engineering

Automobile Manufacturing


Construction and Engineering


The construction and engineering industries use hollow structural sections (HSS). HSS is a form of steel tubing and is commonly circular, square, or rectangular. In the UK the term HSS is not used. Instead, the basic shapes are named CHS (circular), SHS (square), and RHS (rectangular).


Rectangular HSS is commonly used in welded steel frames which are subjected to loading from different directions. Square and circular HSS are often used as columns.


In construction, metal scaffolding made from steel is the industry standard. As no nuts and bolts are required, assembly is quick and easy. Steel scaffolding can transport workers and heavy equipment with ease.


Automobile Manufacturer


The automobile industry has been using steel tubes in ever-increasing quantities since the early 1990s.


Precision steel tubes are used in the internal parts of the vehicle: in the suspension, fuel injection, and vehicle control systems.

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