# W12x30 Beam Specifications

W12x30 is a rolled structural beam with wide flanges that is used in construction and other applications.

## W12x30 Beam Size and Dimensions

The dimensions and specifications of this structural steel beam are below:

## W12x30 Profile

The depth of W12x30 beams may vary by 1/8” above and below the nominal value.

The flange width may vary by 1/4” above nominal and 3/16” below nominal. Flanges may be out of square by as much as 5/16”.

The distance from the center of the web to the center of the profile may be no greater than 3/16”.

The radii of fillets and toes for W-beams are not specified. Instead, these dimensions are left up to individual manufacturers.

## W12x30 Weight

Wide flange beams are designated by their depth x weight. The W12x30 designation indicates that the beam weighs 30 pounds per foot. A 10-foot section of W12x30 would weigh 300 pounds and a 50-foot section of W12x30 would weigh 1,500 pounds.

## W12x30 Conversion to Metric

The metric equivalent to W12x30 is W310x44.5. This metric beam has the following specifications:

## W12x30 Section Properties

### W12x30 Area Moment of Inertia

The area moment of inertia (or second moment area) for a W12x30 beam about the x-axis (perpendicular to the flange) can be calculated from the equation below:

The area moment of inertia of the W12x30 profile about the x-axis is approximately 236 in4.

### W12x30 Section Modulus

The elastic section modulus for a W12x30 beam about the X-axis is calculated from the following equation:

The elastic section modulus for the W12x30 profile about the X-axis is approximately 38 in3.

## W12x30 Properties

The properties of W12x30 beams are specified by ASTM A6 “Standard Specifications for Rolled Structural Steel Bars, Plates, Shapes and Sheet Piling

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