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RE: Hot cambering vs. cold cambering

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The vast majority of steel fabricators use hydraulic cambering machines today. They simpley load the structural member in the device and cold bend the shape to achieve the specified camber. Pettinghaus is one manufacturer of hydraulic camber machines.

Some years ago, the predominate method used was heat cambering. Wedge shaped areas of a rolled structural shape were heated on the side of the structural shape that the iron worker intended to shrink. The iron worker would adjust the size of the wedge and the number of wedges to obtain the specified camber. This process requires more skill and seasoned iron workers.

Harold Sprague

From: "Ken Peoples" <kspeoples(--nospam--at)>
Reply-To: <seaint(--nospam--at)>
To: "Seaint" <seaint(--nospam--at)>
Subject: Hot cambering vs. cold cambering
Date: Thu, 24 Jun 2004 08:16:43 -0400


We are bidding a detailing job that has quite a few 60' long W30 and W27 beams cambered 1 1/2". While the method of cambering has nothing to do with our detailing, the fabricator asked what I knew about cold cambering vs. hot cambering and I had to admit that I don't know much about either. I would like to find out what there is to know - not only for his benefit but for mine as well. Is there anyone out there who would like to give me a lesson or point me to a good source on the subject?

Thanks in advance.

Best regards,


Kenneth S. Peoples, P. E.

Lehigh Valley Technical Associates, Inc.
1584 Weaversville Road
Northampton, PA 18067-9039

Phone: (610) 262-6345
Fax: (610) 262-8188
e-mail: kpeoples(--nospam--at)

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