Designers of structural steel sections need to be aware of a new system of specification introduced by steel giant Corus to comply with the new European Union Construction Products Directive (CPD).
The company has scrapped traditional designations for its most popular sections including the UB (Universal Beam) and UC (Universal Column).In their place are UKBs (UK Beams) and UKCs (UK Columns)branded Corus Advance. From last month all structural sections and plates used in the UK and the rest of Europe must comply with the CPD. Sections that comply are entitled to be CE marked.Corus was the first steel company in the world to be approved to CE mark its sections and the company has introduced the Advance range to simplify the process. Designers simply need to specify 'Advance' to ensure compliance.'Specifying a Corus Advance section guarantees that it was manufactured by Corus, in the UK, and that it is compliant with CE,' said Corus general manager of construction services and development Alan Todd.'The new name reflects recent improvements and recognises our well established world-class processes,' he added.Todd added that the Advance range includes 21 new beam and column sizes.'Structural steel design has changed a lot over the last 50 years. A lot of buildings these days have long spans to get rid of columns and shallow floor depths to make the building more efficient' he said.