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Improved engineering model for cold-formed steel

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SCI engineers have developed an Improved Engineering Model (IEM) that more accurately predicts cold-formed steel product behaviour in a wider range of construction scenarios than traditional analysis models allow.

Specialist consultancy engineers from the SCI originally developed the IEM to support Corus Panel and Profiles with the development of their CF60 deck profile. The new analysis considerably increased the spanning capability of continuous cold-formed steel decking for multi-storey buildings, resulting in the use of fewer beams and a reduction in cost.

Dr Hicks, SCI Senior Manager, Building Engineering, said: “The IEM has a far wider application beyond decking; it can be used to more accurately model the behaviour of a variety of other products such as purlins and cladding. In fact, that of any cold-formed steel product.”

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