Parallel Flange Channels (PFC)


Parallel Flange Channels also commonly known as PFC, U-channels, structural channel or simply channel, are a key component in building construction and large fabrication projects and is used for structural support.

PFC adds strength and durability to projects where applied. From steel columns to bracing for floor joists, or portal frames to trailer frames, PFC is widely used alongside steel beams and universal columns.

Steelforce have a large range of Parallel Flange Channels in a variety of sizes from 75 x 40mm to 380 x 100mm, standard lengths are 6m, 7.5m, 9m, 10.5m, 12m, 13.5m, 15m, 16.5m, 18m.  Our PFC are manufactured in Australia from 300PLUS steel and exceed the minimum requirements of AS/NZS 3679.1 – 300.

Features and Benefits of Parallel Flange Channels (PFC)

  • Available in a wide variety of sizes
  • Exceeds the minimum requirements of AS/NZS 3679.1 – 300
  • Heavy duty and up to 20% stronger for improved strength-to-weight ratios
  • No pre-heating required for welding

Typical Uses of Parallel Flange Channels (PFC)

  • Window and door frames
  • Vehicle and trailer frames
  • Roofing
  • Wall structures
  • Floor joist support
  • Landscaping
  • Agriculture
  • Commercial application

Relevant Standards

  • AS/NZS 3679.1: Hot-rolled bars and sections

Specification for Parallel Flange Channels (PFC)

Steelforce PFC Specification Diagram-01
Section DesignationSection MassSection Depth aSection Flange Width bSection Flange Thickness cSection Web Thickness dSection Root Radius rSection Depth Between Flanges EMetres / tonne

Depending on section size available in 6, 7.5, 9, 10.5, 12, 13.5, 15, 16.5, 18 metre lengths - varies by branch.

Not all branches stock the above grades, sections and lengths. Non-stock & Custom length items are subject to Minimum Order Quantities (MOQ’s). Contact your local Steelforce branch to confirm product availability.