Working with Structural Steel

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Metals are an important element of structural engineering and architectural design. The variety of metals and their alloys can serve a wide range of tasks. A material frequently used in steel construction and in building locksmithery is the unalloyed general structural steel, whose properties are mainly determined by its carbon content. The course is an introduction to working with structural steel. How does the material behave under certain loading conditions? Where does it have its strengths, where its weaknesses? How can the fabricator use both for his benefit? The aim is to convey a feeling for the material through manual handling by means of experiments. It will be shown how steel can be separated by cutting or chipping processes, how forming is possible by hand-guided tools. Metals can be joined by fusion welding processes. The course introduces the TIG and MAG welding techniques. Two electrical techniques that are standard applications in metalworking. Potentials of welded joints but also their disadvantages will be shown.
As a work sample, a utility sculpture made of round steel will be designed and manufactured. The design should take into account the specific structural possibilities of the steel. Modular structures are possible, but also chaotic, deconstructive structures.

Successful participation in two studio and workshop courses can be substituted for an elective subject within the Bachelor's degree programme.

Location: metal studio
Dates: weekly | Wednesdays | 9:00 - 12:00 | Fridays | 9:00 - 12:00 | 13:00 - 16:00 |
Start: 13.10.2021 | 15.10.2021
End: 02.02.2022 | 04.02.2022
Material contribution: 25€

Location: Metal workshop

Number of participants: 12

Instruction in the workshop: Michael Staack