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Standards Action Report


February 2020



The 2020 edition of the Aluminum Association’s Aluminum Design Manual (ADM) is published.  This 6th edition of the Manual is a key resource for engineers, designers, detailers, and architects who use aluminum in the built environment.  The International Building Code requires compliance with the ADM for aluminum construction. 

The ADM contains nine parts:

  • The Specification for Aluminum Structures, which contains new provisions for block shear, pull-out strength of screws in screw chases, weld-affected strengths, post-weld heat treated strengths, and flanges and webs with concentrated forces
  • The Commentary to the Specification for Aluminum Structures, with background and references for specification provisions
  • A Design Guide, addressing aluminum structural design codes, aluminum composite material, adhesive bonded joints, extrusion design, corrosion, fire protection, and sustainability
  • Material Properties, which describes the wrought and cast alloy and temper designation systems and provides comparative characteristics, typical physical properties, and densities of common aluminum alloys
  • Section Properties for common aluminum channels, I-shapes, angles, tees, zees, square, rectangular, and round tube, roofing and siding, and pipe
  • Design Aids, including 48 allowable stress tables for common alloy-tempers, load span tables for Aluminum Association channels and I-shapes, grating, tread plate, and roofing and siding
  • Illustrative Examples, with 31 design examples of use of the Specification for Aluminum Structures
  • Guidelines for Aluminum Sheet Metal Work in Building Construction
  • A new Code of Standard Practice for Fabricating and Erecting Structural Aluminum, which provides a common understanding of acceptable standards when contracting for structural aluminum.

The ADM is available in print and in digital download and may be ordered from the Aluminum Association online bookstore at  The cost is $395 for members and $495 for non-members.   



The Aluminum Association completed registration of one (1) new alloy/temper E357-T6, Sand Casting.  In addition, the association registered six (6) new AM and Powder Alloys designations 8A01.50, 8A02.50, 8A03.50 Powder and 8A01.160L, 8A02.60L and 8A03.60L Product.

Note: Tempers for Aluminum and Aluminum Alloy Products, both U.S. and Metric registered since the last edition of the Yellow and Tan Sheets are listed in the addenda of this publication. In addition, the registered aluminum alloy designations and chemical composition limits for Powders used for Powder Metallurgy (PM) and for Additive Manufacturing (AM) Feedstock and Products are available at



Following is a list of new projects initiated since the last report, currently under review by The Aluminum Association’s Technical Committee on Product Standards.  All parties that could be affected are welcome to comment on individual proposals:

Alloy and Temper Registrations and Revisions

Under Review by Technical Committee on Product Standards

Project No. Subject
PN19-62 Request for Registration of  a new Wrought Alloy “2077” 
PN20-50 Request for Registration of  a new Wrought Alloy “7048"


Miscellaneous Projects

PS19-113 Combustibility of Aluminum Alloys


Subcommittee on Alloy and Temper Registrations March 31, 2020
Technical Committee on Product Standards April 1, 2020


The majority of the Association’s standards activities are carried out by the Technical Committee on Product Standards (TCPS) in accordance with The Aluminum Association procedures governing these activities.  Product Divisions may also form technical committees to work on specific standards that affect their products.  For example, the Electrical Division has a Task Group of AA Representatives on National Electrical Code Panels.

To request a copy of a project or to discuss placing a representative on TCPS, contact  John Weritz at


Builders have safely used aluminum wiring for more than 40 years.

The National Electrical Code has permitted the use of aluminum wire since 1901, a mere four years after the first recognized national electrical code was published in 1897. AA-8000 aluminum conductors have more than 40 years of reliable field installations.


March 19, 2020
Today, the Aluminum Association released a framework for policymakers developing economic stimulu
March 9, 2020
The Aluminum Association’s Common Alloy Aluminum Sheet Trade Enforcement Working Group today file