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I did an equipment skid to be installed in Uzbekistan (spelling?), and A36
steel would not meet the ductility specs.

This may not have direct application, but it resulted in additional
material costs to the equipment/skid supplier.

Maybe our Canadian friends can help us here.

Fountain E. Conner, P.E.
Gulf Breeze, Fl. 32561

> From: Dave Meney <yenem(--nospam--at)>
> To: seaint(--nospam--at)
> Subject: Re-using steel structures in very cold climates
> Date: Wednesday, January 12, 2000 2:55 AM
> 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
> C (-4 degrees F)depending on its thickness.  In Mongolia, temperatures
> 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
> 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
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