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I've just lately started doing my first design in aluminum, and have found
getting information extremely difficult.  After some rooting around, I
turned up the Aluminum Association (I don't have their number here, but
you can look them up on the web) in Washington, DC, which offers an
aluminum design manual for $175 that's supposed to be the definitive work
on the subject.  You might want to give that a try.


Michael Donoghue wrote:

> Michael,
> Welding almost any aluminium is a problem in the shop and the field.
> In addition, if its a canopy subject of any kind of wind induced
> vibration the problem is greatly compounded, especially on a first
> job.  Can you bolt instead and cover connections with 'architecture'?
> Michael Donoghue
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Michael D Zaitz <mzaitz(--nospam--at)>
> To: seaoc(--nospam--at) <seaoc(--nospam--at)>
> Date: 06 April, 1998 7:13 AM
> Subject: Aluminum Specification
> >I am currently in the proccess of designing and aluminum canopy made
> of
> >C shapes and tubes.  I will need to include a specification for this
> >canopy and was wondering how I would assemble it?  Since this is the
> >first time I have designed something brand new with aluminum I need
> some
> >guidance.  I am thinking of using our Steel Framing specification and
> >modifying it to reflect aluminum properties.  Anyone have a better
> idea
> >or a different direction?  Also, are there any traps in the use of
> >aluminum?  I have heard of problems with field welding unless the
> welders
> >are highly experienced in aluminum.  Any other problems?
> >