Stranded WireWhen a blend of strength and flexibility is needed that a solid wire can’t provide on its own, stranded steel wire provides an excellent solution. Madison Steel offers a wide range of stranded products in various sizes and strengths for both critical and non-critical applications.

What is stranded wire?

As the name suggests, stranded wire is a set of wires bundled into a strand. Rather than having a single wire of a certain diameter (which is inflexible and can yield kinks which are difficult to remove), a number of thinner strands are wrapped around a core strand of wire to produce a cable of the same diameter. This allows the cable to be far more flexible within the same diameter, and less susceptible to kinks. It also adds a great deal of strength to the cable, much the way a multi-stranded rope is stronger than a single string. The number of strands in a bundle varies; a common configuration is 7-strand wire (six strands surrounding a central wire, or 1 x 7), but other configurations include 1 x 19, 7 x 7 and 7 x 19).

How are stranded products used?

Stranded steel wire is useful for many different applications. PC strand is used to reinforce concrete structures like parking garages and suspension bridges. Guy strand is used to anchor tall structures like broadcasting towers and telephone poles, while aircraft cable in various sizes and strengths can be used for anything from stage rigging to securing ship cargo.

Regardless of your particular commercial, architectural or industrial needs, Madison Steel can provide the type of stranded steel wire that is right for you.

Madison Steel specializes in volume purchases direct from the manufacturer at highly competitive prices, and we have the logistics in place to deliver your shipment on time. For more information about our stranded products, please call us at 404-343-4855.

Madison Steel is a proud member of these organizations:

Post Tensioning Institute
Precast / Prestressed Concrete Institute
Canadian Precast / Prestressed Concrete Institute
National Precast Concrete Association

Madison Steel is a global supplier of steel wire, guy strand and related products servicing a variety of industries nationwide. What is PC Strand used for? PC Strand is mostly intended for the construction industries to produce precast concrete elements, rock & soil anchors, concrete poles as well as for pre-stressing and post-tensioning applications. What is PC steel wire? PC steel wire and PC steel strand are essential basic materials for the development of large infrastructure such as bridges, and in the field of civil construction and architecture. They are used as reinforcing wire for concrete structures and contribute to the prolongation of their life. What is cable in prestressed concrete? Wire for prestressed concrete, PC (Prestressed Concrete) wire, is made from steels strongly alloyed with carbon. After the wire-drawing operations, they can be braided. The market for wires and strands for prestressed concrete is subject to standards (national approvals).

Stranded Products

Madison Steel is a global supplier of steel wire and related products servicing a variety of industries, and headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. Working in conjunction with over 30 manufacturers both domestically and abroad, Madison Steel provides you with access to some of the most consistent, proven wire mills and wire products in the world. On-site Delivery. Global Product Access. Madison provides product availability for the most consistent, proven steel wire and cable products in the world. What is stranded wire used for? Stranded wire is more flexible and malleable than solid wire, and it won't split or sever. It is often used for indoor applications such as electronic devices, circuit boards, and speaker wires. Why is stranded wire more expensive? Stranded wire is more expensive to make. At a given wire gauge, stranded is going to be larger than solid wire (it's the cross-sectional area of conductor that counts and there are going to be some air gaps between conductors with stranded).