METALWORK REINFORCEMENT

Metalworks are structures made out of different metal alloys used in various areas of human life: construction, mechanisms, equipment production, large-scale machines etc.

Metalworks have several main advantages:

- reliability;
- longevity;
- robustness;
- transportability;
- ease of assembly and disassembly;
- quickness of construction;
- assembly by large elements;
- high load-bearing ability;
- lower weight relative to reinforced concrete structures.

During renovation and repair works one of the primary tasks is to find optimal construction decisions that can increase the total load-bearing capacity of the entire structure.

Metalworks reinforcement is exactly the decision that is needed here. This method allows to install metal structures in such a way as to reinforce the load-bearing capacity of the building without interfering with overall stability of its frame.

This method is often used to restore doorways in a building that is in an unsafe condition, and to preserve the integrity of walls after their partial disassembly.

The main reasons for collapse of metal structures are errors, committed during their manufacture or assembly, imprecise layouts at the planning stage and low quality of metal involved. More than 20% of all defects are caused by disintegration of welding seams, 40% – by loss of stability, and 20% by disintegration of the metal itself.

Metalworks reinforcement is utilized to nullify the aforementioned defects by way of reinforcement elements, U-sections, cleats, diaphragm plates, etc. This procedure allows to prolong the service life of those structures that are not cost-effective to repair.

Metalworks reinforcement can be used for manufacturing buildings, warehouses, office buildings, residential real estate etc.

A project to enhance the load-bearing capacity of metallic structures involves reinforcement of inter-floor slabs, rafter systems, doorways, columns, manholes, main walls etc.

A careful analysis of all documentation on the structure is necessary before commencing reinforcement works.

The quality of the initial construction plan has to be assessed, as is its relevance to the actual building in question. If the experts find no deviations from the plans, they star investigating the reasons why the building had lost its initial geometry or structural integrity and afterwards put together a comprehensive plan of the building’s restoration and reinforcement.

After the emergency restoration works are finished, the building may be reopened for use.

In reality, the works aimed to increase the load-bearing capacity of a building are comparable by labor intensity to the construction of the building itself, but without said works a large proportion of existing buildings would have had to be demolished a long time ago.

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