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2015 Edition of Aluminum Design Manual Released

January 21, 2015

Essential Reference for Architects and Designers Now Available in Association Bookstore

ARLINGTON, VA. — Today, the Aluminum Association released the 2015 Aluminum Design Manual, the 10th edition of an essential reference for all professionals working with aluminum in structural applications. This latest version of the manual, which was last updated in 2010, is available to purchase through the Aluminum Association online bookstore at www.aluminum.org.

“The Aluminum Design Manual is absolutely indispensable for engineers designing buildings and other load bearing structures using aluminum,” said John Weritz, Vice President for Standards and Technology at the Aluminum Association. “Referenced in the 2015 International Building Code, compliance to that important standard makes the Aluminum Design Manual an essential document that allows engineers to create safe and innovative structures using modern, light-weight, corrosion resistant aluminum alloys.

The Design Manual is split into several key sections, including:

Specification for Aluminum Structures -- Provides rules for determining the strength of aluminum structural components, connections and structures using either the allowable strength or load and resistance factor design method.  Safety factors for buildings and bridges and resistance factors for buildings are also provided.  The 2015 edition includes new or revised provisions concerning:

  • Material specifications
  • Modulus of elasticity, fatigue, compressive yield strength, and shear ultimate strength
  • Cast alloy strengths
  • Axial compression member buckling strength
  • Alternate methods for determining column and beam strengths
  • Flexural strength for yield, rupture, local buckling, and lateral-torsional buckling
  • Shear and torsional rupture strengths and shear strength of rods and in webs supported on one edge
  • Welded connections, including partial joint penetration groove welds
  • Testing, quality control and quality assurance

…and much more.

Commentary to the Specification for Aluminum Structures -- Provides background for the provisions in the Specification for Aluminum Structures and references to the research on which the Specification is based.

Design Guide -- Addresses structural design issues not included in the Specification for Aluminum Structures, including diagrams, adhesive bonded joints, aluminum composite material, extrusion design, corrosion prevention, fire protection, sustainability and design references for aluminum structural components in bridges, rail cars, ships, pressure vessels, pipe and storage tanks.

Material Properties – Includes alloy and temper designation systems for wrought and cast aluminum alloys; comparative characteristics of wrought alloys; typical mechanical and physical properties, including thermal expansion, electrical conductivity and density (all in US and SI units) and typical tensile strengths at various temperatures.

Section Properties -- Lists dimensions and section properties for aluminum channels, I-beams, angles, tees, zees, square and rectangular tube, round tube, pipe, and roofing and siding; sheet metal and wire gauges and section property formulas for various geometric shapes.

Design Aids -- Provides buckling constants for welded and unwelded alloys, 24 allowable stress tables for various alloy-tempers welded and unwelded, allowable load tables for flexure for channels and I-beams, tread plate, roofing and siding; fastener strengths, minimum bend radii for aluminum sheet and plate, wire, and rod, allowable stresses for fillet welds and complete and partial groove welds, and formulas for moment, shear, and deflections for 50 beam cases.

Illustrative Design Examples: includes 31 structural design calculation examples based on the Specification for Aluminum Structures.

The 2015 Aluminum Design Manual is available as both a searchable electronic download and hard copy.  It can be purchased through the Aluminum Association’s bookstore, which can be accessed by clicking on the “bookstore” tab on the Association’s website.  The download price is $335 for members and $375 for non-members.  The book price is $350 for members and $395 for non-members. For a limited time, if you purchase the electronic version and hard copy together you can receive a special bundle deal discount.  Coupon codes are listed for members and non-members in the product description on the bookstore website.

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The Aluminum Association represents U.S. and foreign-based companies and their suppliers throughout the value chain, from primary production to value added products to recycling.  The Association is the industry’s leading voice, providing global standards, business intelligence, sustainability research and industry expertise to member companies, policymakers and the general public. The aluminum industry helps manufacturers produce sustainable and innovative products, including more fuel efficient vehicles, recyclable packaging, greener buildings and modern electronics.  In the U.S., the aluminum industry creates $152 billion in economic activity. For more information visit www.Aluminum.org, on Twitter @AluminumNews or at Facebook.com/AluminumAssociation

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