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127-Fundamentals of Steel - Part A

By: Patrick L. Glon, PE

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Course Objective

This continuing education course is written specifically for professional engineers with the objective of relating to and enhancing the practice of engineering.

Course Description

127-Fundamentals of Steel - Part A

Written in an easy to understand style, the course Fundamentals of Steel — Part A takes a look at steel in an informative and intuitive way — using among other things, a story of a yardstick as a teaching tool. After a brief history of steel in the U. S., and an introduction to the most influential and dominant codes, the manufacturing process of steel is presented. This is followed by a discussion of the most important mechanical properties — and the factors affecting them — of steel including easy-to-understand drawings. Then the various shapes are presented and discussed with clear and easy to follow diagrams. One of the many topics presented is a discussion of how a single nominal sized beam can have the largest member of its class be over 160% times larger than the smallest.

Photos relating to the topics presented include the John Hancock Building in Chicago.

The course is not a design course. It does however offer some sample calculations to demonstrate the material properties and the design criteria for steel members.

Fundamentals of Steel — Part B, a companion course, continues on with a look at how the shapes are used in the field with an emphasis on connections — both welded and bolted. Bar joists are discussed. Some of the very serious weaknesses of structural steel are discussed including methods of protecting against these weaknesses.

127-Fundamentals of Steel - Part A
Daniel Harker
01/17/2019
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Just the right amount of detail for a basic course in steel.
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127-Fundamentals of Steel - Part A
William Young
01/08/2019
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A good course to know the basics of the steel design. Some relevant examples will be nice to add to the course material.
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127-Fundamentals of Steel - Part A
Scott Graham
01/07/2019
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Good material well presented, test was fair and comprehensive
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127-Fundamentals of Steel - Part A
John A Mirando
01/03/2019
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Excellent.
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127-Fundamentals of Steel - Part A
Landon Efird
12/28/2018
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Integrity Consulting Group
Excellent refresher course to brush up on basic steel history. Looking forward to sister course Part B.
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127-Fundamentals of Steel - Part A
Roberto J. Garcia-Tuñon
12/10/2018
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Excellent!
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127-Fundamentals of Steel - Part A
Lawrence Fetter
11/25/2018
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Comprehensive course content covering history, manufacturing, structural shapes used in construction and basic stress/strain relationships for rolled steel shapes.
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127-Fundamentals of Steel - Part A
Robert Grace
11/25/2018
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very detailed and covers all points
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127-Fundamentals of Steel - Part A
Abraham Abugattas
10/31/2018
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Excellent refresher of concrete principles. Thank you.
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127-Fundamentals of Steel - Part A
Michael Drake
09/29/2018
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vERY GOOD REVIEW OF BASIC COURSE FOR STEEL
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127-Fundamentals of Steel - Part A
Sanjeev Malhotra
09/09/2018
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127-Fundamentals of Steel - Part A
Hayward Luckett
08/14/2018
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Excellent. Very informative.
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127-Fundamentals of Steel - Part A
Paul Banaszak
08/03/2018
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Good easy to understand, even for an electrical engineer. However Q20 is incorrect. On pg 19 - not all manufacturers will produce all shapes.
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127-Fundamentals of Steel - Part A
D. Dziubakowski
08/03/2018
Verified Buyer
Excellent course. It was a great review and cleared-up a couple of misconceptions.
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127-Fundamentals of Steel - Part A
Surendra Jain
07/31/2018
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Good for the basic knowledge of steel which every engineer should have.
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127-Fundamentals of Steel - Part A
John Phillips
05/21/2018
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Good course. Excellent review of the basics.
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127-Fundamentals of Steel - Part A
R Semenza
04/17/2018
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Very good introduction course to steel fundamentals. Coming from a different engineering discipline, the course has enough detail to be interesting but not exhaustive or overwhelming.
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127-Fundamentals of Steel - Part A
Robert Gray
02/28/2018
Verified Buyer
I learned a huge amount about steel that I never knew. Great course for people who haven't worked with this material before such as myself, a Chem Engr.
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127-Fundamentals of Steel - Part A
James Crook
01/26/2018
Verified Buyer
Good coarse, Reviewed properties of steel and specifications; manufacture of steel and history.
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127-Fundamentals of Steel - Part A
David D. Nuckols
08/08/2017
Verified Buyer
I thought course was well written and provided a good introduction into structural steel.
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127-Fundamentals of Steel - Part A
Jim Crowley
05/13/2017
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Interesting and well organized.
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127-Fundamentals of Steel - Part A
Frank Cooper
05/08/2017
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Good basic information refresher course on Steels. A few of the concepts could be developed further to account for changes taking place in the steel industry in recent years.
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127-Fundamentals of Steel - Part A
Don Haumann
02/13/2017
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Pretty good. My first time thru steel in 30+ years
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127-Fundamentals of Steel - Part A
Malcolm Rahat
12/26/2016
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Includes everything there is to know about steel.
1 of 1 customers found this helpful.
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127-Fundamentals of Steel - Part A
Brian VH
12/22/2016
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Good fundamental information about the material and its uses. Well written and interesting.
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127-Fundamentals of Steel - Part A
ALEXANDER MAKITKA, JR.
12/15/2016
Great course! There is lot of both great history and technical data.
1 of 1 customers found this helpful.
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127-Fundamentals of Steel - Part A
Allen Jones
11/23/2016
Verified Buyer
Course was OK. I thought you were being a little too tricky on a couple of questions.
A portion of the review was omitted because it addressed specific test questions and answers.
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127-Fundamentals of Steel - Part A
Stephen Laccinole
11/02/2016
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Tricky true/false questions but good review of steel
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127-Fundamentals of Steel - Part A
Richard Maroske
10/31/2016
Verified Buyer
The "Fundamentals of Steel - Part A" tested my memory about the subject. It has been 25 years since I worked with steel design. I was familiar with the total subject, although some of the information was new to me. It was a great course even though I did not receive a 100 on it. I missed 3 of the questions on the three areas I reviewed the most. I talked myself out of the correct answer. I am looking forward to taking "Fundamentals of Steel - Part B" in the future. Thanks, Rick Richard P. Maroske, PE
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127-Fundamentals of Steel - Part A
Solano
10/27/2016
The course was very good. It is hard to make these types of subjects interesting and he managed to do it.
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127-Fundamentals of Steel - Part A
Bill Pippine
10/07/2016
Verified Buyer
Great refresher on structural steel. Covers the basics of strength of steel and shapes. It's the type of refresher course that we need every 10 years that covers the basics for a CE that is not directly and continuously involved in one of the basic civil engineering areas.
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Fundamentals of Steel - Part A
Richard L. Kent P.E.
08/09/2016
Verified Buyer
Excellent course as clear, concise, and well written refresher.
1 of 1 customers found this helpful.
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Fundamentals of Steel - Part A
Warren M. Childress, PE
08/02/2016
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Very good course. It is helpful to refresh knowledge of Steel Construction basics.
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Fundamentals of Steel-part A
Larry D. Harrell
05/11/2016
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Good basic information & review
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Great Intro
Tomas M Bagdas
04/27/2016
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Education Program Development Specialist / Manager
Cathy Bravo
04/11/2016
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Fundamentals of Steel Part A
Luis Figueredo
01/25/2016
The course was a brief but thorough survey of steel, its origin, uses, manufacture, and rules and standards for its use
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Anonymous reviewer
12/20/2015
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Excellent
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Charlie R. Mitchell, PE
09/05/2015
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The course was useful and well conceived. There are too many true/false questions and not enough numerical questions.
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Bob Browning
07/20/2015
Excellent course. Material was presented very well.
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Fundamentals of Steel - Part A
William Goodfellow
07/13/2015
I decided to take this course to become more familiar with the materials I, frequently, use and recommend for my projects. I am a civil engineer and most, if not all, my project affiliation requires me to be familiar with steel and steel reinforcing. I learned information that I previously was aware of and the progress and improvements the have taken place since my varied involvement during my career.
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anonymous
05/31/2015
A good basic course on steel.
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anonymous
04/24/2015
Very educational..recommended
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anonymous
03/05/2015
Good review of steel making process.
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Challenge One of the Test Answers
Kyle Poor
02/15/2015
One of my test answers was incorrectly marked as wrong.
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Clifford Woodbury
02/15/2015
The section on Shapes was a bit repetitive; overall, however, good course.

I do have specific comments on my two test questions that were marked wrong; given the warning above, I'll skip the details other than to say I don't understand why my answers were wrong.
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fundamentals of Steel Part-Ale
Claudio Dallavalleo Name
01/10/2015
excellent review course
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fundamentals of Steel Part-Ale
Claudio Dallavalleo Name
01/10/2015
excellent review course
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Steel part 1
David Mueller
01/03/2015
needs more numbers and problems, and less history
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James B. Whittum, P.E.
12/14/2014
Fundamentals of Steel, Part A gives a good review of the history of steel making, a summary of production methods and description of the many ways steel is used.
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Fundamental of Steel Part A
Ahcene Djebli
12/07/2014
It is a good review course. It is a good refreshing memory course
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anonymous
11/22/2014
A very good and comprehensive introduction
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Tom Franchi
11/05/2014
Should have less history and more explanations of design process and techniques used by practicing engineers.
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anonymous
11/01/2014
I found this coarse very useful. I think is well prepared and understandable.
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Fundamenetals of Steel Part A
anonymous
10/26/2014
Clearly worded and well written. Great general information.
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Matt
09/28/2014
A good introductory class for structural steel design. Covers the basic information in a timely manner
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anonymous
08/12/2014
easy qs
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anonymous
08/03/2014
between the information given and the test, it was great to review and take the exam. The presentation was excellent and easy to follow and did not take a lot of my time to study
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Minor adjusts
Don Borkowski
07/15/2014
Steel "A" Quest.9; coke is the product and is the end process of the burning and used in the final end of the steel making process. #23 the top flanges remain parallel; the underside slopes at the 2" in 12" variation.

I need to add the State of New York to the test listing.
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R. Duane Monical
07/07/2014
Course Is very good BUT I think some of your answers are nitpicking although technically correct
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anonymous
06/26/2014
Good review of the basics.
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anonymous
06/16/2014
Course was as described and other comments from other takers were accurate/helpful.
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Richad Hurter
05/05/2014
First of all I cannot wait to see what 5 questions I had wrong! I would have bet my pay check that I had them all right!!

SunCam Comment: We always send an email with detailed results and a certificate of completion when you complete a test.
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Question 15
Darrell Nelson
04/06/2014
I don't agree with the answer to question 23.

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Steel Part A
James Maddrey
04/04/2014
Interesting course. Worth the time spent.
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anonymous
04/02/2014
This was an excellent presentation of the fundamental properties of Structural Steel and various steel shapes.
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Gary Noel
03/24/2014
Good info, but there were some unnecessarily deceptive questions...................

I passed. But I think it is best to make these tests fair for the Engineers that follow me. That?s why I made these comments.

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anonymous
03/22/2014
Thought the course was very well prepared and presented. Enjoyed it thoroughly.
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anonymous
03/18/2014
Good Review and refresher
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Leonard Weintraub
01/29/2014
This course is a good review of basic principals. It is easy to follow the fundamentals and the test answers are well defined in the text material. I rate this as "good".
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Great value
James Ruggieri, P.E.
01/27/2014
Productive use of time to come up to speed quickly on basic steel concepts.
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Excellent review
Don Edwards
12/27/2013
An excellent review.
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anonymous
12/21/2013
This course presented a very good refresher for the fundamentals.
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anonymous
12/15/2013
Pretty good review course, especially when one is not a steel designer and college is 40 years in the past.
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John Hoff
12/14/2013
I feel that some of the questions were not clearly answered in the material. However, the course is very worthwhile for a old time non-structural Civil Engineer.
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Consulting Engineer
Harry Alexander
12/10/2013
Well done. College-level course text and exam.
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Kenneth Sykes
10/04/2013
The course was great. The explanation of the steel making process makes steel design more visual.
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anonymous
09/27/2013
Several of the questions have language that is a bit ambiguous, leading to a guess what the intent is. Otherwise the course material itself is very informative.
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anonymous
08/07/2013
This was a good review of basic principles. I am a Chem E and don't use this information in my practice. I haven't had any materials coursework in many years, so a refresher was in order.
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Good course, text glitches detract a bit from content.
J. Doss
07/31/2013
Course materials could benefit from a technical editor's review and clean-up.
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Ed Jessen
07/30/2013
Some of the questions were not specific enough to get the correct answer. There is no reason I should not have gotten all the questions right. The material is a good general reinforcement of information I use every day.
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James D Roggenkamp
07/25/2013
Very Good Refresher Course on the history of and manufacture of Structural Steel and its mechanical and properties.
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Not a Mechanical Engineer
David Wegner
07/25/2013
The course was informative and helpful. The last time I was exposed to this information was about 30 years ago. It will be helpful in my current position as a Petroleum Storage Tank engineer.
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Michael J Pagnotta
04/26/2013
Pretty good intro to steel. I did think that some of the questions were a bit ambiguous. But overall very good.
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Civil/ Structural
anonymous
02/25/2013
Great 4 hour course. Excellent refresher course on the fundamentals of steel construction. I thought question 8 was a poorly worded.
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anonymous
02/23/2013
The course seems too basic for a practicing engineer. I also felt a couple of the questions on the exam were not accurate.

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Excellent
anonymous
02/12/2013
Excellent discussion of steel as the material most commonly used in building and bridges. However, would like to see more consideration to the properties of steel and applications to design.

SunCam comment: Take a look at the companion course, "Fundamentals of Steel - Part B"
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anonymous
01/23/2013
Good introduction course.
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Good overview of the basics of Steel
anonymous
11/26/2012
Good overview of the basics of Steel. Good course.
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