The All-New Aluminum Design Manual | The Aluminum Association

The All-New Aluminum Design Manual

Essential Reference for Engineers, Architects, & Designers Now Available

Are you an engineer, architect or other professional in the building and construction industry who works with aluminum? If so, you can’t be without the 2015 Aluminum Design Manual -- an indispensable guide for anyone designing load-bearing structures using aluminum.

This latest edition of the Manual, which was last updated in 2010, includes essential information about working with light-weight, corrosion-resistant aluminum alloys. Aluminum Association members, please click here for special member pricing in the member bookstore; Non-members can purchase the hardcopy here or a digital download here.

The 2015 ADM includes:

  • Specifications for Aluminum Structures & Commentary: Provides rules for determining the strength of aluminum structural components, connections and structures using multiple methods. Commentary section includes additional background and research references. Required for compliance with the 2015 International Building Code.
  • Design Guide:  Addresses additional structural design including diagrams and background on 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 & Section Properties: Material properties including alloy and temper designation systems for wrought and cast aluminum alloys, comparative characteristics and typical mechanical/physical properties. Dimensions and section properties for aluminum channels, I-beams, angles, tees, zees, tube, pipe, roofing and siding.
  • Design Aids & Illustrative Examples: Design aids provide buckling constants, allowable stress and load tables, fastener strengths, minimum bend radii and beam formulas for various aluminum alloys. Illustrative examples include 31 structural design calculation examples based on the Specification for Aluminum Structures. 

If you work with aluminum structures, you need the 2015 Aluminum Design Manual. The Manual is available as a searchable electronic download, hard copy book or bundle package from the Association’s bookstore. Aluminum Association members, please click here for special member pricing in the member bookstore; Non-members can purchase the hardcopy here or a digital download here.

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