Algoma Welded Shapes
Introduction Manufacturing Process
Algoma Steel Inc., located in Sault Ste. Marie, Algoma Welded Shapes are made from high
Ontario, is a fully integrated mill producing in excess of quality steel plate rolled on Algoma’s 166” Plate Mill.
2.2. million tons of steel per year. There are three main This mill is capable of rolling plate up to 3860mm (152”)
products: sheet, plate, and welded shapes. Algoma’s wide and up to 70mm (2.75”) thick and in mill rolled
metallurgical lab has received certification from the lengths up to 24400mm (80’). An innovative
American Association of Lab Accreditations (A2LA). computerized process control system results in
The sheet/plate and welded shapes complexes are products with better dimensional control and
ISO 9002 certified. Algoma’s Welded Beam Division mechanical properties which are more consistent and
started operations in 1965 and is located just a short reproducible.
distance from the main mill. As the plate enters the Welded Beam Division
Algoma Steel produces three basic types of plant, it passes through a blast cleaning machine which
welded shapes: a regular catalogue range of symmetrical scours mill scale from all surfaces. This is a prerequisite
structural sections (WWF) with depths from 350mm(14”) for the high-speed flame cutting and welding used in
to 1800mm (71”), a regular catalogue range of unsymmetrical the manufacturing process.
sections (WRF) with depths from 1000mm (39”) to The plates are then cut by the oxypropane
1800mm (71”), and a range of Welded Special Sections process into strips which will become the webs and
(WWS) up to 2340mm (92”) deep. flanges of various sections. Two plates, up to 3050mm
WWS Sections can be produced to special (10’) wide and 24400mm (80’) long can be handled
profiles with varying degrees of symmetry and camber, simultaneously.
hybrid flange and web steels and special testing Flame cut edges are carefully examined to make
requirements, in accordance with customer specifications. sure that surfaces are cut true and free from oxide. Cut
Typical applications include crane and bridge girders. flanges and webs are sorted and accumulated into
All three plates for a particular section are
loaded horizontally, side by side, on the input conveyor.
The web is positioned in the middle, between the top
and bottom flanges.
Flange plates are rotated into the vertical
Contacts: position and held against the edges of the web.
Vincent M. Sguigna Vertically adjustable rollers support the flanges so they
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the datum level for the entire assembly. The component
plates are then inserted into the assembly machine and
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1 877 855 5595 The assembly machine is similar to a large vise
with the opposing faces fitted with large drive rollers.
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Applying powerful horizontal fitting pressure, the drive
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welding heads. Adjustable rollers support the plates
such that no tack welds are necessary to keep them
properly positioned. At all times prior to welding, the
plates are unrestrained longitudinally. The equipment
is also capable of processing asymmetrical or
nonprismatic members when required.
As the half welded assembly clears the
machine, it is turned over and placed on the conveyor to
the second welding station. There, the same welding
process is repeated on the other side of the web.
A 3-torch cut off machine cuts the completed
assemblies to the ordered length. Samples are removed
from this surplus material for macro examination and
tensile testing of the welded joint in accordance with
the requirements of CSA G40.20-M94.
Algoma Welded Shapes
In the inspection area, each section is quality
checked dimensionally to verify conformance with
tolerances, and all welds are examined for correct profile
and evidence of defects. If repairs are necessary,
consumables are used to duplicate the penetration and
mechanical properties of submerged arc welds.
The Canadian Welding Bureau was consulted at all
phases of development and has certified the plant as
meeting the requirements of C.S.A. Standard W47 Welding
Welds are made simultaneously along both
flange-web joints in the horizontal fillet position. Two DC
arcs in tandem are used to make each weld, and into both
arc areas are fed two relatively small diameter wires,
electrically in parallel. The two wires are close enough
that they operate under common molten pool of flux, yet
far enough apart that the metal from the first arc has
frozen before the metal from the second arc is deposited
on top. This technique has several benefits:
• The first bead can be designed to give deep penetration,
while the second can be designed to build up throat
thickness and desired surface profile.
• The resultant weld cross-section is such that relatively
high amperages can be used without throat cracking,
which is occasionally encountered with deep
• It is possible to make the full range of weld sizes
required without changing wire diameter by simply
altering the relative position of the parallel electrodes,
and speed of travel.
• Full penetration welds can be accommodated up to a
maximum web thickness of 12mm (o.5”).
Algoma Welded Shapes
1 Depth (d) Maximum 2340mm (92”)
Minimum 350mm (14”)
2160 mm to 2340mm (85” to 92”) subject to inquiry
2 Flange Width (b) Maximum 660mm (26”)
Minimum 125mm (5”)
3 Flange Thickness (t) Maximum 70mm (2.75”)
Minimum 10mm (0.375”)
4 Web Width (h) Minimum 250mm (10”)
230mm to 250mm (9” to 10”) subject to inquiry
5 Web Thickness (w) Maximum 70mm (2.75”)
6 Length (L) Maximum without splices* 24400mm (80’-0”)
Maximum with splices** 30500mm (100’-0”)
7 Camber (•) Maximum 200mm (8”)
8 Mass Maximum 740kg/m (500lb/ft)
740 to 900 kg/m (500 to 600 lb./ft) subject to inquiry
9 Welding Maximum fillet* 10mm (0.375”)
Minimum fillet 6mm (0.25”)
Maximum web thickness for full penetration** 12mm (0.5”)
*Subject to mill limits
**Subject to inquiry