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>Can anyone suggest any helpful resources regarding aluminum design, online 
>and otherwise?
the Aluminum Association structural Handbook is a good resource. Welding 
is one thing to watch. Welding aluminum is not like welding steel, and 
you take a serious strength hit when you weld almost anything. Aluminum 
is soft and accumulates plastic strain real fast, so if fatigue or impact 
is a concern you should be real careful. Pay attention to the weld 
allowables--they're low for a reason. 

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