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TECHNICAL

BULLETIN

AUGUST 2013 | Rev 9


17 This issue supersedes all previous issues

Selection guide for galvanized steel purlin products

INTRODUCTION FACTORS INFLUENCING PURLIN and advice should be sought from


This Technical Bulletin provides the PERFORMANCE BlueScope Steel where doubt may
appropriate purlin coating class for Table 2 “Guide to Atmospheric Exposure exist as to the proper application of the
use in a range of common building Conditions” is provided to assist in appropriate GALVASPAN® steel coating
applications. It provides guidance and establishing the type of exposure class. This is particularly so where the
information regarding factors which conditions that may be encountered proposed structure is used to house
must be considered to ensure maximum in the various environments listed in activities that are potentially corrosive in
service life of galvanized steel purlin Table 1. The descriptions covered in this nature or generate corrosive emissions.
products. Technical Bulletin are not an exhaustive This includes but is not limited to the
list and cannot cover all possibilities, storage or use of acids and chemicals,
PRODUCTS therefore any quoted distances from a fossil-fuel combustion and other process
The products produced for purlin source are a GUIDE ONLY. If further by-products (including heat & moisture).
manufacture are: information is required, please contact In addition, the concentration and nature
• GALVASPAN® G450 BlueScope Steel Direct. of nearby industrial activity in some
• GALVASPAN® G500 localities, and the direction, intensity and
BlueScope Steel maintain a central
• GALVASPAN® G550 nature of prevailing winds can also exert
register of product performance in
Coating classes available are Z350 various environmental conditions an influence.
(standard coating class) and Z450
(optional coating class). Coating class Table 1: Coating Class recommendations for typical building applications.
recommendations for a range of building
applications are detailed in Table 1.
BUILDING APPLICATION ENVIRONMENT DESCRIPTION COATING CLASS
GALVASPAN® steel is manufactured in Enclosed buildings Non-aggressive, internal environments Z350
accordance with Australian Standard
Open sided rural buildings Non-aggressive, rural environments. Z350
AS1397-2011: Continuous hot-dip
metallic coated steel sheet and strip – (Refer to “Unwashed Areas” section of this
Technical Bulletin).
Coatings of zinc and zinc alloyed with
Enclosed Industrial Buildings Non-aggressive environments Z350 Refer Note (iii)
aluminium and magnesium. For more
information on GALVASPAN® steel refer Carports and awnings Environment can vary from non- aggressive to Z350 Refer Note (iv)
aggressive. Z450
to the appropriate product data sheet.
Other open sided buildings and Aggressive environments; also those subject Z450 Refer Note (v)
GENERAL industrial awnings to ingress and build-up of airborne corrosive
contaminants or high levels of condensation.
As with all metallic coated steel
Intensive animal farming, feed lots and Extremely aggressive environment. Z450 Refer Note (v)
products, the corrosion performance similar activities
of GALVASPAN® steel is dependant on Storage of cement, fertilisers, mineral Very aggressive environments. Z450 Refer Note (v)
the interaction of a number of factors. concentrates and other aggressive
These include the coating class and industrial products
the environmental factors to which the
Note:
surface may be exposed. i The above examples cover a general range of building applications. Due to the variety of factors which
can affect service life and product performance where more detailed recommendations or information
The extensive range of climatic
on specific applications are required, these should be referred back to BlueScope Steel Direct.
conditions in Australia (the tropical ii This table should be considered in conjunction with Table 2.
north, alpine regions in the south-east, iii Consideration must be given to the nature of activities performed within the building. Where potentially
heavy surf characteristics of much of corrosive by-products are produced, further consultation with BlueScope Steel Direct is recommended.
the coastline and desert regions of the iv Where the environment is considered to be non aggressive, Z350 will give an appropriate service
interior) need to be considered when life provided routine maintenance is conducted as recommended by BlueScope Steel. Where the
purlin environment is considered to be mildly aggressive, BlueScope Steel recommend that purlins
specifying purlins. In addition to these with an increased coating mass (Z450) be used. Should the environment be regarded as extremely
environmental conditions, building aggressive, BlueScope Steel recommend that the purlins be further post painted with an appropriate
design (particularly exposure of purlins high build coating system, as recommended by a reputable paint supplier (see Technical Bulletin TB-2
Overpainting and Restoration of Exterior BlueScope Steel Products).
to the external environment) and internal
v It is important that you consult BlueScope Steel Direct for advice in regard to design of buildings
activities within the building must also in extremely aggressive environments considering the use of GALVASPAN® G450 Z450, to ensure
be considered. maximum service life.
TECHNICAL BULLETIN TB-17 SELECTION GUIDE FOR GALVANIZED STEEL PURLIN PRODUCTS 2

There are a number of specific factors frequency of washing is dependant down turned bottom lip. This will aid with
which must be considered: on the local environmental conditions. drainage of moisture from the bottom
Washing may be conducted by means flange and help to reduce accumulation
Regional Influences of high-pressure water jets, nylon of dust or debris and assist with
Current field experience has indicated brush cleaning with suitable household maintenance to remove buildup inside
that certain regions in Australia are detergent solution followed by rinsing the bottom flange
more susceptible to problems such as and drying.
excessive salt and industrial fallout and RELATED BLUESCOPE STEEL
Where consideration is being given to TECHNICAL BULLETINS
excessive humidity. These influences
initial design, which may incorporate
can have a detrimental effect on Technical Bulletin TB-2
unwashed areas and where such
purlin life which must be taken into Overpainting and Restoration of Exterior
cleaning methods may not be
consideration when designing building BlueScope Steel Products
appropriate in respect of building
structures. Individual areas should be
function (for example operations, REFERENCED AUSTRALIAN
assessed for local field performance
contents etc) please contact STANDARDS
prior to final specification. Please contact
BlueScope Steel Direct for advice.
BlueScope Steel Direct for advice. • AS 1397-2011 Continuous hot-dip
Accumulation of Condensation metallic coated steel sheet and strip –
Unwashed Areas of Buildings
or Fallout on Purlins Coatings of zinc and zinc alloyed with
All surfaces of a building structure aluminium and magnesium
In applications where there is high
where natural rainfall cannot reach are
levels of condensation or dust within NOTE:
subject to the build up of dust, marine All Australian and Australian/New Zealand
the building it is recommended where
salts, industrial fallout or specific local Standards should be read to incorporate any and all
possible that purlins be specified with a amendments to the most recently published version.
environment contaminants. In open
sided buildings this can include the
wind-borne deposits from local industrial Table 2: Guide to atmospheric exposure conditions
or agricultural activities.
Corrosive Distance from
Accelerated corrosion can occur when Exposure Condition Influence Corrosive Influence
these contaminants combine with Aggressive Rough, active surf Salt laden, moist air 500m – 1000m
night-time condensation resulting in a (close distances to surf,
Industrial emission Fallout 300m – 750m
industrial pollution and
corrosive electrolyte that over a period Fossil fuel combustion Acid laden air 300m – 750m
fumes)
of time can contribute to corrosion of
Non-aggressive Rough, active surf Salt laden, moist air >1000m
galvanized purlins and cladding. (outer urban, semi-rural
Calm, still water Salt laden, moist air >300m
areas, well removed from
To ensure maximum service life under Industrial emission Fallout >750m
shoreline and industrial
such conditions these areas should pollution) Fossil fuel combustion Acid laden air >750m
be subject to a regular maintenance
programme. Where practical, washing Note:
down of the internal surfaces at regular i Contact BlueScope Steel Direct for exposure classifications which do not meet the above criteria.
intervals should be conducted. The ii For distances less than the minimum shown, please consult BlueScope Steel Direct.

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