High Yield Strength Deformed Bars

These are also known as HYSD bars. They have higher percentage of carbon as compared to mild steel. Their strength is higher than that of mild steel.

These bars are available as two types:

  • Hot rolled high yield strength bars.
  • Cold worked high yield strength bars

The (ii) type of steel is also called as CTD (Cold Twisted Deformed) bars or Tor steel and are available in two grades. Deformed bars are represented by symbol #.

  1. Fe 415 or Tor 40
  2. Fe 500 or Tor 50

A twisted deformed bar has about 50% higher yield stress than plain bars. A deformed bar has corrugation or ribs on the surface of the bar, to increase the bond and prevent slipping of the bar in concrete. These bars do not show a definite yield point. So, the yield point is taken as 0.2 percent proof stress, which is determined from the stress-strain curve as follows:

  1. Draw a line parallel to the initial stress-strain curve, corresponding to a strain value of 0.002 (0.2 percent).
  2. The point where this line cuts the stress-strain curve is taken as the yield stress or 0.2 percent proof stress.

HYSD bars are preferred as reinforcement in R.C.C. over plain mild steel bars, due to following reasons.

Higher Strength:

HYSD bars have yield strength, higher than that of plain mild steel bars.

Better Bond:

The HYSD bars have better bond with concrete due to corrugations or ribs on the surface of the bars. As per IS 456: 2000, the bond strength of HYSD bars is 60 percent greater than the plain mild steel bars.


The cost of HYSD bars is approximate same as mild steel but the use of HYSD bars leads to overall economy as the amount of steel required is less, due to its higher strength. Lot of steel (about 40 million tonnes) has been saved in India, since 1967, because of replacement of mild steel by the Tor steel, and the saving amounts to Rs. 50,000 crore.


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