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Re: aluminum design

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Please note Mr. Wright's cautions. I work with structural aluminum from an
inspection/testing perspective on aregular basis. Process control is
critical regarding fabrication practices. A poorly welded aluminum joint may
lose up to 60% (or more!) of the base metal properties if not executed
properly. Good luck.

Daniel G. Luna

----- Original Message -----
From: Christopher Wright <chrisw(--nospam--at)>
To: SEAOC Newsletter <seaint(--nospam--at)>
Sent: Monday, December 04, 2000 4:34 PM
Subject: Re: aluminum design

> >Can anyone suggest any helpful resources regarding aluminum design,
> >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.
> Christopher Wright P.E.    |"They couldn't hit an elephant from
> chrisw(--nospam--at)        | this distance"   (last words of Gen.
> ___________________________| John Sedgwick, Spotsylvania 1864)