Stainless Steel Tee Sections – Ideal structural components

PUBLISHED 20 June 2017

Stainless steel is the optimal material for a great collection of applications. The material is hundred percent recyclable and already recycled as raw material. Tee sections are ideal structural components for applications with corrosion issues.


Almost all stainless steel products that leave the factory were already used previously in a different form of steel or stainless steel. ‘New’ stainless steel products commonly consist of recycled content of around 60 %.

Stainless steel structural sections

The essential specification for stainless steels is that they should be corrosion resistant for a condition application or surroundings. The choice of a particular “type” and “grade” of stainless steel must originally meet the corrosion resistance requirements. Extra mechanical or physical properties may also need to be studied to achieve the overall service work essentials.
The most common stainless steel grades are 304L and 316L. In both grades, several long bars are available. The following sections are common:

According to the regional location, different sizes and different sections are available.

Tee Sections

T-sections, used in construction, are a load-bearing structure of reinforced concrete, wood or metal. T-sections are also known with different definitions as T-beams or T-bars. They are structural beams with a “T” shaped cross section. The market offers a wide diversity of several T-profiles:

  • equal leg tees, where the width and the height have the same measure,
  • unequal-flange tees, having the height being half the width’s measure,
  • tee-sections with a much greater height compared to the width, generally used in curtain walls.

Availability of Tee Sections

Stainless steel T-sections are available in three primary manufacturing processes: hot rolling, hot extrusion and plate welding.
T-profiles in stainless steel in laser welded execution are the most usual execution, less used in hot-rolled production and rare situations demand in extruded form.
The laser welded allows also for maximum design flexibility for any deviation from the standard that may be of advantage. All T-profiles are available in both imperial and metric sizes. T-bars are typically used for general fabrication.

Capacity of Tee Sections

The ability of T-Section varies based on the sign of moment either positive or negative. The resistance of T section is higher for the positive moment because the flange section would be in compression. But for a negative moment, it yields the same strength as an equal part without the flange.
T-sections in stainless steel are ideal structural components for applications with corrosion issues.

Tee Sections – Better than any other section

Polished Stainless Tee Section

  • For lenghts larger than 4 meters, it offers greater and significantly more resistance compared to a flat bar
  • Just T-beams will reduce rebar requirement
  • We can save nine to twenty percent reinforcement as compared to a flat bar
  • The required depth of beam will also reduce, as the flange or the web will contribute to sagging moment.

Tee Sections for aesthetic applications

Polished or even mirror polished surfaces on T-profiles can be more often sanctioned and seen in bathrooms and kitchens. The benefits are obvious; the highly polished surface is very easy to clean and sanitize.

Tee Section Curtain Wall

At shops and in modern architecture, T-sections include several functions as a bumper bar or as edge protection. T-parts are used to reinforce the bases of glass tables.
Stainless steel T-profiles are also properly fitted into grooves of wooden tables to consolidate visual and practical duty.
Façades made with glazing very often include in the design the use of sharp edged T-sections as mullion to section the glass wall.

T-profiles or basic tees are the less common products in the world of steel structurals but are gaining popularity.

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