Test of steel rod must to ensure quality construction: Experts

Test of steel rod must to ensure quality construction: Experts

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Speakers at a seminar on “Fatigue Properties of Steel” in Bangladesh
underscored on Saturday the need for ensuring fatigue test before use
of steel rod and other steel products in construction works. They
said that most people involved in civil construction works follow
traditional tensile test of steel to use rod. “But in this
traditional way of testing, many defects in steel cannot be detected,”
said one speaker from Bangladesh University of Engineering and
Technology (BUET) at the seminar, organized by the country’s leading
steel manufacturer BSRM at Ruposhi Bangla Hotel.The seminar, moderated by Prof. Dr. Mehedi Ahmed Ansary, was addressed, among
others, by Prof. Dr. Raquib Ahsan of Civil Engineering Department, Dr.
Ahmed Sharif of Metallurgical & Materials Engineering (MME)
Department, and Dr. Fahmida Gulshan of BUET presented the key note
papers on the issue. They said the fatigue test is widely used in
assuring quality of steel in the developed nations of the world. The
seminar was attended by senior BUET professors from the Civil,
Mechanical and Metallurgical Engineering Departments of BUET and
private universities. Senior practicing engineers from the
engineering consulting profession, senior engineers from Govt.
agencies LGED, RHD, PWD, MES and the Engineering Construction
Battalion (ECB) of the Bangladesh Army and the CEO’s and managing
directors of different construction firms were also present at the
function. The Head of Product Development of BSRM welcomed the
guests and informed them of the successful completion of the fatigue
testing of BSRM Xtreme over a 5 year period in a U.K government
accredited laboratory in Great Britain. The country has no facility
to test the fatigue properties of steel. The speakers informed the
seminar that the country is embarking on a major infrastructure
building boom and the quality of materials, will have a major impact
on the useful life of the structures. BSRM has taken the lead in
quality assurance of steel by becoming the first steel company in the
country to have successfully implemented a fatigue testing program of
its products. – UNB

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