The National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum
Rolling Shapes

At a rolling mill, ingots are rolled into blooms and slabs, and blooms and slabs are further rolled into other parts.  

  • Blooms are formed into I-beams, T-sections, or rails.
  • Bars are used in construction and machine building.
  • Plates are used in bridges, skyscrapers, ships, tanks, and more.
  • Sheets are used in automobiles, airplanes, household appliances, food cans, and more.