Do you know what expanded metals are? What different types of expanded metals are available and how you can measure them? You will get all your queries to get answered in this blog shared with you below.
What is expanded metal?
The term expanded metal is the type of metal that is produced through one sheet of solid metal. This included steel, stainless steel, copper, titanium, and aluminum. It has diamond-shaped openings which make this expanded metal a great versatile product for various applications. This includes catwalks, walkways, protective elements, conveyors, and so on. Expanded metal hence retrofits over the existing grating, as well as flooring or diamond plate which is seamlessly tack welded to the surfaces and is also a cost-efficient solution.
Different Types of Expanded Metals
Let’s discuss few important types of expanded metals available in the market:
Standard Expanded Metal
Standard expanded metal is fully created in a form of the press which stretches and cuts solid metal where it is forming some overlapping strips in a unique diamond pattern. This diamond pattern is not just providing air circulation but at the same time, it even maintains a durable and higher strength towards the original sheet metal. You can look for various metal weights and sizes which you can use for water house enclosures, or as safety guards within machinery.
Flattened Expanded Metal
Next, we have flattened expanded metal which is processed through the use of cold rolling pres. This will flatten the entire metal and will create a sort of smooth and level surface. This metal type is available in various widths and lengths. You will find it ideal for ventilation devices, fencing, or flooring.
Expanded Metal Mesh
The expanded metal mesh is another most common expanded metal which is available in various sizes and shapes including fine meshes to the heavier meshes. You can be used for architectural or decorative purposes and is available in room dividers, sunscreens, grill or the ventilated storage systems.
How you can Measure Expanded Metal Mesh?
When you are measuring expanded stainless steel metal mesh, you have to consider the sizing of the metal plate after it has been expanded. It needs to be included with a long and shortest way of opening and should have the strength with wide thickness and width. All these factors will affect the overall basket performance.
For instance, for the larger SWOs and LWOs, it means that the holes within the mesh will be larger for improving the flow of air towards the expanded stainless steel mesh basket. Besides, a wider and thicker strand has to be stronger as compared to the thinner strands.
Comparing SWO and LWO all against the SWD and LWD is helpful to confirm the overall width of the metal strands and even the overall open space of the mesh. Choosing which sort of expanded metal grating you will use will be based on your application. Standard expanded metal is having a rounded surface which is useful for part-washing applications.