Here at Process Steels we are proud of all of our high quality, durable steel products. However on-going research could soon make it possible to produce even stronger steel columns than ever before. In the last two decades, nanotechnology has been placing an increasingly important role in supporting progressive technological advances to manage the corrosion of steel.

Steel is a type of widely-used engineering material for many industries and can be found in manufacturing, construction, defence, transportation, medical, and other applications. Structural steel is a preferred building material for many high-load situations, thanks to its high level of strength and resistance to deformation.

However, like any other material, there are limits to the forces structural steel can withstand before it becomes deformed. This can either be through twisting, buckling, or because of inelastic change in shape.

Now scientists have studied materials at a smaller level than ever before to understand when the change in shape is due to changes in the structure of the individual ‘grains’ within the material, and when it is because of those grains moving with respect to one another.

Their findings revealed that it may actually be the smaller particles within the grains can be responsible for deformation, and that motion between the grains may be less widely responsible than previously thought.

While the studies are only a first hint at what is taking place on a nanoscale, they are a step along the road towards stronger steel columns in the years to come, making this already popular building material even better for the future.

If you are in need of reliable and efficient steel stockholders in Birmingham then Process Steels should be your first port of call. Here at Process steels we have a wealth of steel products and our team of professionals and welders help a wealth of knowledge to help you and your business. For more information about our products and services call us on: 0121 526 5757 or contact us here.


The television programme DIY SOS: The Big Build, surrounds touching stories of local people and companies grouping together to help someone or a group who are less fortunate or are possibly going through a tough time with very little light at the end of the tunnel. Here at Process Steels, we are extremely proud to have donated to the last project of the 23rd series that was recently aired across the United Kingdom, as we aided with an essential extension by donating our RSJ beams to the family involved.

The project surrounded a family from Dudley where all 3 children were affected by the condition Fragile X Syndrome, which causes a range of developmental problems and cognitive impairment. Living inside a more confined, smaller home was definitely not ideal for the family, as two of the children were having to share a room, which was detrimental to their development and the aiding of the condition. More space was desperately needed so the parents re-mortgaged the house and attempted to complete work on a two-storey extension, although funds soon dried up.

This is where DIY SOS: The Big Build and our help came in, as the highest quality materials were required to provide the family with their dream home – that being somewhere safe and spacious enough for everyone to comfortably manage day to day life. Our bespoke steelwork expertise paid off as we donated RSJ beams that had been manufactured to the exact dimensions of the extension, so that it had the solid and secure structure to be built around and finished.

The project proved to be a great success as the family are now enjoying life in a warm, welcoming and spacious home that suits the parents and their 3 children. For us, it was a great experience and drove us on to continue innovating with our RSJ beams which help builders Birmingham and whoever else that is in need of an extension. Contact us today to find out more.

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