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Purple rebar is used for tiebacks in shoring. The purple coating is corrosion protection.


On Wed, Apr 1, 2009 at 1:21 PM, David Fisher <dfisher(--nospam--at)> wrote:

I was in Santa Barbara last week and I saw CalTrans doing some work on SB 101 Freeway…


All the rebar was purple…!


Whats the deal with that?



Epoxy coating…in the Central Coast?


Great wine, though…



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You mean like epoxy-coating or galvanizing, or ___?

Not that I recall.


In a message dated 4/1/09 1:13:46 PM, gmse4603(--nospam--at) writes:

Did it have corrosion protection?

On Wed, Apr 1, 2009 at 11:58 AM, <
Rhkratzse(--nospam--at)> wrote:

The main thing I remember about Korean steel -- actually rebar -- a long time ago, was that it was distinctly purple.


In a message dated 4/1/09 11:54:16 AM,
dmorris(--nospam--at) writes:

I was involved with a similar situation using Korean steel.  We were
given the main section parameters (Ix, Sx, Zx, etc) .  We weren't given
J and Cw so we had to use the conservative equation for calculating Lr
for calculating the moment capacity under lateral-torsional buckling. 
When we were mostly done, we found out that the promised steel strength
of 50 ksi was actually 46 ksi.  The other item I remember that there
wasn't the wide suite of sections that you get in North America.

Gary L. Hodgson and Assoc. wrote:
> Bill,
> One of my customers insisted on buying Chinese steel so I had to use
> it. The yield strength is only 34 ksi (for the steel he was using) so
> the savings may not be as good as it looks to the guy just buying on
> price alone.  Their W shapes are not the same as North American
> shapes (or European also) so you can't compare them on price per pound
> basis either.  The publications (that were given to me) on their steel
> are not as informative as ours, i.e. no J, Z, Cw, just area, mom of
> inertia, section modulus, depth, width and thicknesses.
> Personally, I wouldn't buy any of their stuff based on personal
> experience - too many junky products.  Back in the 70's, Hodgson
> Custom Rolling (my brother's company) had a big job rolling a lot of W
> shapes.  Every so often one these beams would snap and you could hear
> it in the office 75 ft away.  The steel came from Canada, the USA,
> Japan and occasionally Europe - no Chinese steel then. The fewest
> number of breakages were Canadian, then American, then European and
> Japanese.  I am sure everybody has improved their steel since then,
> but I suspect that the Chinese steel today would be at end of the
> list.  And Canada has stopped making wide flanges.
> Hope this is helpful.
> Gary
> bill(--nospam--at) wrote:
>> We've got an overseas job (so "Buy American" isn't an issue) where
>> they're contemplating using structural steel from the Peoples'
>> Republic of China.
>> I'd like to know if anyone has any direct or indirect experience with
>> use of Chinese-made steel. And please, I'm not looking for hearsay
>> (heck, I could contribute that myself), but actual anecdotal evidence
>> of problems (or sucesses) with its use. Specific details would be a
>> plus.
>> I know that a lot of foreign-made steel was problematic in the past,
>> and I also know that the PRC hasn't got the best rep regarding
>> quality control for a wide range of manufactured goods in the very
>> recent past.
>> But what I'm looking for is solid information.
>> Thanks in advance.

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