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RE: Steel Plate Availability

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I just finished (actually am still working on) the design of a SCBF and
pondered the same question.   I talked with the contractor and am using 50
ksi steel.  There is also a big advantage to using 50 ksi when it comes to
the weld size.  See my post regarding weld size for more info.
Mark Harper

-----Original Message-----
From: Tom.Hunt(--nospam--at) [mailto:Tom.Hunt(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Monday, April 24, 2000 1:09 PM
To: SEAINT(--nospam--at)
Subject: Steel Plate Availability

I have some large industrial steel structures that will be utilizing Special
Concentric Braced Frames.  The bracing gusset plates will be given special
design attention and I would like to keep the thickness down by using 50 ksi
plate.  Is 50 ksi plate readily available in the 3/8 inch through 1 inch
OR should I keep life simple and just stay with A36 plate??

Thomas Hunt, S.E.
Duke/Fluor Daniel