Working with Structural Steel

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Metals are an essential element of structural engineering and architectural design. The variety of metals and their alloys can serve a wide range of applications. A material frequently used in steel construction and building locksmithing is unalloyed general structural steel, whose properties are determined mainly 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 to his advantage? The aim is to convey a feel for the material by means of manual handling experiments. It will be shown how steel can be separated by machining or cutting 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 metal fabrication. Potentials of welded joints but also their disadvantages will be shown.

A utility sculpture made of round steel will be designed and fabricated as a work sample. The design should address the specific structural possibilities of the steel. Modular structures are possible, but also chaotic, deconstructive structures.

Successful completion of two studio and workshop courses may be substituted for an elective within the bachelor's degree program.

Location: metal studio

Date selection: weekly | Mon 9:00 - 12:00 | Tue 9:00-12:00 | Wed 13:00 - 16:00

Start: | Mon 09.10.2023 | Tue 10.10.2023 | Wed 11.10.2023

Material contribution: 30 €

Location: Metal workshop

Instruction in the workshop: Michael Staack