The primary function of strut channels is to provide structural support of mechanical components in the building construction industry. It supports pipe systems, cable trays, and other cable management forms.
You’ll see the use of stainless steel, aluminum, and fiberglass struts in timber framing, roof framing, and for the suspension of ducts, pipes, and different equipment.
The Common Types of Strut Fittings and Accessories
A variety of strut fittings and accessories are used for interconnecting strut channels with each other and securing them to other tools and equipment. Let’s take a look at the most common types of fittings and accessories:
Angle Strut Fittings are made of steel sheets with a coat of electro-galvanized finish. They are highly corrosion resistant and tolerant to regular wear and tear.
Industry standard angle fittings are applicable to the fabrication of various structures with strut channel. You can attach them by using either Spring Nuts or SS and PU bolt. You can also use bolting to secure them to strut back or sidewalls. However, sidewall attachment can create wall compression in heavy load conditions. So, you’ll need a channel spacer to avoid the complication.
Flat Plate Fittings
Flat plate fittings are critical in attaching horizontal and vertical strut sections. They work by forming a splice joint.
Z and U Fittings
The use of Z-Shaped fittings is seen in connecting plenty of different channel sections. They are made of cold formed steel with a coat of electro-galvanized finish.
On the other hand, U-shaped fittings come handy in attaching two sections of strut channel together. You can use a fastener if want to make the joint more secure. The fittings are made of sturdy materials so that they can take the pressure of high structure loads. Besides, they are resilient to corrosion and rust because of having a coat of durable finish.
Wing-shaped fittings secure the interconnection of multiple strut channels. Their main function is to add strength and convenience to the attachment of strut junctions.
The role of beam clamps in construction work is to provide a mounting base for conduit hanger attachment when secured to a girder, I-beam, or other compound structures. Strut clamps don’t need drilling or welding for providing support either directly or with a threaded rod.
The function of pipe clamps is to secure piping to strut beams and other structures.
Steel or stainless steel conduit hangers work by providing support to conduit or PVC from overhead applications.
Channel Brackets & Bases
Channel brackets and braces connect struts to either other channels or different structures and hardware at various angles.
The primary function of channel nuts is to add strength to the connection point between a strut and threaded rod or other hardware. They have grooves that are shaped to fit onto the strut channel lips.
Strut End Caps
Strut end caps safeguard the strut ends by connecting and covering the ends of channels.
Plat straps help in restraining pipe between studs. They are also used over utility pipes and electrical wire.