I Beams (I-shaped cross-section) - in Europe it includes the IPE, HE, HL, HD and other sections. European Steel Sections are designated as Follows.
IPE - European steel I-beams
IPN - European standard beams
HE - European wide flange beams
HL - European extra wide flange beams
HD - European wide flange columns
HP - European wide flange bearing piles
UPE- European channel with parallel flanges
UPN- European channels with taper flanges
U - European channels with taper flange
Most steels used throughout Europe are specified to comply with the European standard EN 10025. However, many national standards also remain in force.
The dimensions are DIN Standard / Euronorm and Tolerences are EN Standard (Dimensions: DIN 1026-2:2002-10; Tolerance: EN 10279:2000).
What does IPE stand for?
I-Profile Européennes (French: European I-Beam profile)
IPE - European steel I-beams have parallel flange surfaces and height 80-600(mm): according to Euronorm 19-57; Tolerances: EN10034:1993. Also, manufacturers supply additional range of IPE from 80 mm to 750 mm height.