W16x26 Beam Specifications

W16x26 is a rolled structural beam with wide flanges that is used in construction and other applications.

W16x26 Beam Size and Dimensions

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

Depth15.69 in
Width5.5 in
Area7.7 in2
Weight26 lb/ft
Web Thickness0.25 in
Flange Thickness0.35 in
Area Moment of Inertia294 in4
Elastic Section Modulus37 in3

W16x26 Profile

W16x26 beam specifications

The depth of W16x26 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.

W16x26 Weight

Wide flange beams are designated by their depth x weight. The W16x26 designation indicates that the beam weighs 26 pounds per foot. A 10-foot section of W16x26 would weigh 260 pounds and a 50-foot section of W16x26 would weigh 1,300 pounds.

W16x26 Conversion to Metric

The metric equivalent to W16x26 is W410x38.8. This metric beam has the following specifications:

Depth399 mm
Width140 mm
Area4950 mm2
Weight38.8 kg/m
Web Thickness6.4 mm
Flange Thickness8.8 mm

W16x26 Section Properties

W16x26 Area Moment of Inertia

The area moment of inertia (or second moment area) for a W16x26 beam about the x-axis (perpendicular to the flange) can be calculated from the equation below:

W16x26 area moment of inertia

The area moment of inertia of the W16x26 profile about the x-axis is approximately 294 in4.

W16x26 Section Modulus

The elastic section modulus for a W16x26 beam about the X-axis is calculated from the following equation:

W16x26 Section Modulus

The elastic section modulus for the W16x26 profile about the X-axis is approximately 37 in3.

W16x26 Properties

The properties of W16x26 beams are specified by ASTM A6 “Standard Specifications for Rolled Structural Steel Bars, Plates, Shapes and Sheet Piling

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