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Arcelor Cellular Beams

Free up some space!

Arcelor Cellular Beams

Advantages for constructional creativity
Design, space-gain, feelings for detail and functionality are among the decisive advantages of ACB cellular beams for oors and deckings.

ACB beams make it possible to create slender, aesthetically pleasing and functional structures that allow greater freedom of design and imagination.
Smith Knight Fay garage, Stockport (UK)

Choosing ACB beams reduces constructional height, the number of beams, the size of the foundations and many physical constraints, leading to signicantly lighter structures.

The savings in weight and height, the customised prefabrication (and consequent limitation of cutting on site), the reduced assembly time and the rapid installation of utilities are real economies that considerably reduce construction costs.

Daimler Chrysler production Hall, Stuttgart (DE)

The just-in-time delivery to the site of ACB beams and the speed of assembly without sacricing safety are major advantages.

St Andrews Car Park, Norwich (UK)

Football Club Training Academy, Liverpool (UK)

Footbridge, Belval (LU)

To gain space
Hauteur H de la poutrelle ACB (m)

Spans of 8 to 25 m for oors!

1,8 1,6 1,4 ACB de plancher mtallique

Spans Without service duct With one service duct With many service ducts
: suitable : very suitable : ideally suitable

<12 1,2 m 1

>12 m
ACB de couverture

0,6 0,4 0,2 0


IMD - New meeting Place, Lausanne (CH)



Porte L (m)




Height of ACB beam as a function of span

Height, beam Hauteur HH, deof la ACB poutrelle ACB(m) (m)

ACB steel-concrete mixed solution. Spacing between joists of 2.5 to 3 m

Height, ACB beam (m) Hauteur H H, de of la poutrelle ACB (m)

1,6 1,4 1,2 1 0,8 0,6 0,4 0,2 0 0 10 20 Porte Span, L (m) 30 40 50

1,4 1,2 1 0,8 0,6 0,4 0,2 0 0 5 10 15 20 Span, L (m) Porte L (m) 25 30 35

Hauteur H de la poutrelle ACB

Spans of 10 to 45 m for roof supports!

1,4 1,2 1 0,8 0,6 0,4 0,2 0

Cactus Shopping Centre, Esch/Alzette (LU)

Poutre ACB mixte Espacement B=2,5 3 mtres

20 m

20 - 40 m

> 40 m

Straight span

Span with arched beams Beam on simple support

0 5 10 15 20

Porte L (m) Arched beam on simple support




: suitable : very suitable : ideally suitable

Height of ACB beam as a function of span

Height, beam Hauteur HH, deof la ACB poutrelle ACB(m) (m)

1,6 1,4 1,2 1 0,8 0,6 0,4 0,2 0 0 10 20

Span, L (m) Porte

Sports Centre, Limassol (CY)




Crdit Lyonnais, Paris (FR)

Ofce Building Service, Bonnevoie (LU)

Banque Populaire, Kirchberg (LU)

Innite possible combinations

Profil de dpart (hauteur h)

Poutrelle ACB (hauteur H)

Depending on the desired objective, stiffness or high load bearing capacity and according to the application, there are innite possible combinations. Starting from one or two basic sections, ACB beams offer a multitude of geometrical congurations in terms of diameters, spacings and openings, up to 1.60 metres in height. Floors, optimisation of the load/weight ratio
Starting h) Profil desection dpart (height (hauteur h) h H
ACB beam (height H) H) Poutrelle ACB (hauteur

ao S

ao = 0.8 to 1.1 h S = 1.2 to 1.7 ao H = 1.3 to 1.4 h Commonly used versions: HISTAR 355 (S355), HISTAR 460 (S460)

Integration of all process steps

Roofs, optimisation of the height/weight ratio

Starting (height h) Profil de section dpart (hauteur h) h H S
ACB beam (height H) H) Poutrelle ACB (hauteur


ao = 1.0 to 1.3 h S = 1.1 to 1.3 ao H = 1.4 to 1.6 h Commonly used versions: S235, HISTAR 355 (S355)

Manufacture: the perfect technical answer to all your requirements

Poutrelle ACB (hauteur H) Profil de dpart (hauteur h)

Etape 1 : oxycoupage

Etape 1 : oxycoupage

Renforcement du montant

Renforcement du montant
Etape 1 : oxycoupage

ACB cellular beams are manufactured from H or I hot rolled steel sections Renforcement dutwo montant Etape 1 : oxycoupage by cutting the web and reassembling by welding the sections tip to tip Renforcement du montant Etape 1 : oxycoupage or with the addition of intermediate ats. This method of manufacture has been patented. Etape 2 : sparation des ts Etape 2 : sparation des ts

Manufactureaof o cellular beams


All the process steps for manufacturing and customised part-nishing of ACB cellular beams Ralisation des assemblages Ralisation des assemblages Etape 2 : sparation des ts are brought together in as des single Renforcement du montant Etape 2 : sparation ts process ow: bending/arching, Etape 1 : oxycoupage cambering, manufacture of hybrid or variable stiffness beams, ... Ralisation des assemblages desof assemblages This type of manufacture allows precise adjustment of Ralisation the height the beam. Manufacture of an ACB beam Etape 3 : rassemblage - soudage Etape 3 : rassemblage - soudage
Stage ame cutting Etape 1: 1 : oxycoupage
Etape 3 : rassemblage - soudage Etape 3 : rassemblage - soudage

Etape 2 : sparation des ts

Stage of Ts Renforcement du montant Etape 2: 2 :separation sparation des ts

Stage 3:: reassembly - welding Etape 3 rassemblage - soudage

o Ralisation des a assemblages

Etape 2 : sparation des ts

Example of an ACB beam with variable stiffness. Long cantilevers (stadium stand, ...), continuous beams (footbridges,...), gantry cross-beams. Etape 3 : rassemblage - soudage Ralisation des assemblages

Etape 3 : rassemblage - soudage

Example of ACB beam with extended opening

Example of ACB beam with blocked opening

Tools to assist in your project design

50 abacs for initial project calculation
These abacs can be used to determine the appropriate ACB beam section as a function of span, load, version, concrete quality and slab thickness.
Mixed steel-concrete section - Basic sections IPE & HE - Version S355 - S = 1.5 x ao Concrete C25/30 - Slab thickness = 12 cm

A IPE 300-HEA 280 (ao=260, S=390, H=388)



IPE 330-HEA 300 (ao=280, S=420, H=422)

Ultimate load ultime qu = (1.35 GG ++ 1.5 xB B(kN/m) (kN/m) Charge q = (1,35 1,5 Q) Q) x

IPE 360-HEA 340 (ao=310, S=465, H=470)


D IPE 400-HEA 400 (ao=350, S=525, H=537) E K


IPE 450-HEA 450 (ao=400, S=600, H=609)

Toyota Garage, Cologne (DE)



IPE 500-HEA 550 (ao=480, S=720, H=719)


G IPE 550-HEA 650 (ao=560, S=840, H=828)


IPE 600-HEA 800 (ao=640, S=960, H=963)


IPE 500-HEB 550 (ao=480, S=720, H=724)


IPE 550-HEB 650 (ao=560, S=840, H=833)

0 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

IPE 600-HEB 800 (ao=640, S=960, H=968)

Span (m) Porte (m)

ACB software for optimised design

This design and calculation tool has been devised to enable you to take full advantage of the formidable potential of ACB beams. It is available to design consultants and architects on our Web-site and on request.
Arcelor Sections calculation software

A technical brochure and Web-site to assist you

A technical brochure, prepared by Arcelor Sections, gives details of the uses and calculation of ACB cellular beams. It is available on request or on our Web-site, This Web-site also makes special software and calculation tools available.

A Technical Assistance team to meet your needs

We have engineers available to answer your questions, especially regarding the design of structural elements, constructional details, surface treatment, re protection, metallurgy or welding and to assist in realising jointing with new or existing structures.

Complete and accessible documentation

Our Marketing and Technical Assistance team is ready to provide you with advice free of charge on the calculation of projects. Calculation software can also be downloaded on

ISO 9001
The production and marketing of ARCELOR Sections products are ISO 9001 certied. All production comes from an integral electric line, which is ISO 14001 certied and thus guarantees environmentally friendly manufacturing and consistent quality. The end material is 100% recyclable. The ARCELOR Sections hot-rolled products carry CE marking in accordance with EN 10025-1: 2004.

Photo credits: Arcelor Edition 2006-1