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Have you contacted BHP Long products divison yet? I am only 
making an assuption, but I think they may have supplied some 
steel for structures in Antarctica. If so, determine if it was a special 
order, like obtaining the weather resistant grades. My memory is 
foggy, but the WRs used to be covered by AS 1205 -1980 
"Structural Steels - Weather Resistant Weldable Grades". I dont 
have Aussie standards here so, again assuming, that code may 
have been updated.

With all this said, this should help in determining if the steel of the 
existing structures are suitable for use in the colder climate. (I 
hope). then again, I may have been no use at all :)

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1) Who won the AFL Grand Final this year?
2) Who won the NRL Grand Final?


From:           	"Dave Meney" <yenem(--nospam--at)>
To:             	<seaint(--nospam--at)>
Subject:        	Re-using steel structures in very cold climates
Date sent:      	Wed, 12 Jan 2000 16:55:22 +0800
Send reply to:  	seaint(--nospam--at)

> Hi,
> My client has some existing mining structures (typically conveyor trusses
> and trestles, bins and open braced structures) which are currently in
> Australia.  He wants to re-use these structures in a new gold mine in
> Mongolia.  Some structures currently outdoors will be housed within an
> insulated building at the new site.  Other structures, particularly
> conveyors, will need to remain outdoors.
> Our Australian steel is rated at -10 degrees C (14 degrees F) or -20 degrees
> C (-4 degrees F)depending on its thickness.  In Mongolia, temperatures can
> get as low as -40 degrees Celsius.
> What are the consequences of using the existing steel?  Is brittleness an
> issue when stresses are low?  What would be a suitable threshold?  Or should
> we simply reject the existing structures and provide new structures built
> using suitable low-temperature steel?
> I would appreciate your opinions and experiences.
> Regards,
> Dave Meney
> Structural engineer
> Yenem Engineering Services
> 54 John Street
> Gooseberry Hill WA 6076
> Phone: +41 8 9257-2695
> Fax:   +41 8 9257-2264
> Mobile:+41 0417-949-374
> e-mail: yenem(--nospam--at)