Light Gauge Steel Framing (LGSF)
There is a huge demand for best construction practices and it is rapidly growing with the entry of leading global corporate organizations into the country. Hence, the use of lightweight, faster and sustainable building solutions is necessary to meet the growing demand. Light Gauge Steel Framing (LGSF) Around 50% of the project time is saved by LGSF construction for a large scale project. The overall Project material cost is reduced almost by 30% and the maintenance cost by 20% as compared to the traditional construction systems.
Light-gauge steel framing members are manufactured by a cold-forming process in which sheets of steel are put through a series of roll forming dyes and formed into desired widths, lengths, thicknesses, and shapes. The strength of cold-formed sheet steel comes from the thickness of the material and how it is shaped. When a sheet is formed into a “C”-shape, its bends act as stiffeners and increases the strength of the sheet many times over. Strength-to-weight ratios can be highly favorable.
In fact it won’t be inappropriate to say that the age of steel buildings has arrived in India. Prefabricated load bearing elements in steel provide high quality for reasonable prices and shorten the construction period to a large extent. Due to its high load bearing capacity, steel structural member are produced as small profiles and sizes, are lighter without compromising on quality. As the sizes of the load bearing elements are smaller than concrete, usable space is a lot bigger in steel buildings, which enables more efficient use of building space, adding to the overall economy of construction.
Thin sheets of galvanized steel can be formed into steel studs for use as a building material for rough-framing in commercial or residential construction (pictured), and many other applications. The dimension of the room is established with horizontal track that is anchored to the floor and ceiling to outline each room. The vertical studs are arranged in the tracks, usually spaced 16″ apart, and fastened at the top and bottom
- Steel displays the strongest resistance to earthquake.
- Strength of steel of unquestionable due to its ductility
- 21 times more flexibility in comparison with timber and 10 times more than that of reinforced concrete (concrete + iron equipment); appropriateness to poor ground areas
- small ratio of specific weight to carried load
- elongation rate
- capability to change its structure under load and capability to turn back prior resistance when loading is completed
- More homogenous and isotropic structure in comparison with concrete and its high resistance.
- Light steel structures only sway and not collapse.
- Steel provides reliability, rapidity and functionality.
- Steel is resistant to moisture, fire, corrosion, storm, terminates and corrosion.
- Steel is reliable.
- Steel is economical.
- While cost of money and input materials, as well as investment terms increases consistently in constructions made of conventional materials, similar problem is not confronted in steel construction system. Therefore, cost of investment is lower.
- Steel is ecological.
- Steel is esthetical