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Title: STEEL: Stainless Steel for Structural Applications



I’ve used “Design Manual for Structural Stainless Steel” published 1995 by the Nickel Development Institute – it was developed for Euro use.  In addition, I found AWS D1.6, “Structural Welding Code – Stainless Steel” essential.  Rules for prequalified stainless steel welds differ from prequalified carbon steel weld rules, so, if you will need to design welded connections the AWS Standard is a must.  It is also useful for its listing of appropriate filler metals for the the various available welding processes and alloy types, for listing of yield and tensile strengths and ASTM Specs for various shapes [bars, pipe, tube, plate, etc.].  Different shapes of the same alloy designation have different strengths as defined in the appropriate ASTM.


Nels Roselund, SE

South San Gabriel, CA


From: Polhemus, Bill [mailto:Bill.Polhemus(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Wednesday, April 06, 2005 12:08 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: STEEL: Stainless Steel for Structural Applications


Greetings, all.

I am aware via this site:


That there is no U.S. design code for hot-rolled stainless steel for structural applications (ASCE 8 covers cold-formed stainless steel).

There is a Eurocode (ENV1993-1-1:1992), and I believe there are design codes in Australia and Japan, at the least, but nothing here.

1) How do you design using 304/316 stainless structural members in the U.S.?

2) What do the model building code developers think?

3) Is there such a code in the offing?

Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Bill Polhemus, P.E.

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