Location

Saint Louis, Missouri

Session Start Date

10-18-1994

Abstract

Light-gauge has tremendous potential in the construction industry. It is a material which affords more carrying capacity per less weight. Thus less material needs to be used which leads to a reduction in labor and subsequent reduction in cost, light-gauge is a durable, recyclable product, environmentally friendly in keeping with today's concern for the world around us. It is resistant to insects such as termites, mold mildew, rotting, drying out, warping and non combustible. However the reality remains that if research and development is not undertaken soon, the window of current demand may be short lived. We must accept that steel has significant structural attributes, some of which we have yet to realize, but we must be continually challenged to improve the Industry. Some of the technology already exists and only needs to be adapted to steel. In some cases the technology itself has yet to be developed. If we are content with today's mode of business practice, we will lose tomorrow's opportunities through stagnation. The challenge is to expand our horizons and increase the viability of the light-gauge steel framing industry.

Department(s)

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Research Center/Lab(s)

Wei-Wen Yu Center for Cold-Formed Steel Structures

Meeting Name

12th International Specialty Conference on Cold-Formed Steel Structures

Publisher

University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date

10-18-1994

Document Version

Final Version

Rights

© 1994 University of Missouri--Rolla, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

File Type

text

Language

English

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Light-gauge Engineering in Today's Marketplace - the Challenges

Saint Louis, Missouri

Light-gauge has tremendous potential in the construction industry. It is a material which affords more carrying capacity per less weight. Thus less material needs to be used which leads to a reduction in labor and subsequent reduction in cost, light-gauge is a durable, recyclable product, environmentally friendly in keeping with today's concern for the world around us. It is resistant to insects such as termites, mold mildew, rotting, drying out, warping and non combustible. However the reality remains that if research and development is not undertaken soon, the window of current demand may be short lived. We must accept that steel has significant structural attributes, some of which we have yet to realize, but we must be continually challenged to improve the Industry. Some of the technology already exists and only needs to be adapted to steel. In some cases the technology itself has yet to be developed. If we are content with today's mode of business practice, we will lose tomorrow's opportunities through stagnation. The challenge is to expand our horizons and increase the viability of the light-gauge steel framing industry.