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We’ve been told these days by Mill guys that the current state of the art is ASTM 992, a “dual spec”

Steel, i.e., meets A36 and A572-50.


It was explained to me that most A36 steel met A572-50 anyway, so they’ve been gradually phasing it out.


The cost difference ended up being negligible.






David L. Fisher, SE, PE


Head of Design and Construction


Cape Cod Grand Cayman Holdings Ltd.

75 Fort Street

Georgetown, Grand Cayman

British West Indies


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Subject: ASTM A 36 steel


I know this has been discussed before, but I never followed real closely.

It is my understanding that ASTM A 36 is being used less now then it has been in the past.  Can someone maybe summarize some of the issues?

I will note that my specific interest is the steel used as dowels for slabs on ground,  which ACI 360, for unknown (even to them) reasons,  recommends be ASTM A 36.  

I'd like to know the overall industry trend though,  i.e. availablity, price, whatever caused the change.

Gail Kelley