Universal Beams

Universal Beams are available in a wide variety of sizes.

Typical Uses

  • Engineering Construction
  • Residential Construction
  • Non-Residential Construction
  • Mining Infrastructure
  • Transport and Storage
  • Manufacturing


  • Available in a wide variety of sizes
  • Exceeds the minimum requirements of AS/NZS 3679.1 – 300
  • Up to 20% stronger for improved strength to weight ratios
  • Requires no special pre-heating for welding

(This article comes from OneSteel Metalcentre editor released)

What are universal beams?

Known in Australia as universal beams (UB) and universal columns (UC) but also commonly referred to as I beams and H beams, these are named after the I and H shaped appearance of their cross section.

The vertical middle section of the beam is known as the ‘web’ and the horizontal components are called ‘flanges’. These beams are designed to support a lot of weight in one direction. UBs used in floors will support more force vertically than a standard square beam, but are weaker against horizontal movement and do not react well to twisting. They are used as a component in floor framing, and can be used with other beams and joists where extra load bearing capacity is required.

20160729Universal beams offer added strength as a result of their shape. Image by Bbanerje, used under the CC BY-SA 3.0 license.

(This article comes from BUILD editor released)