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Here we have AS/NZS 4673:2001 : Cold-formed stainless steel structures




I’ve never used it. It didn’t exist at the time I designed the only SS structure I’ve been involved with. And that started with a SS wire model presented by an artist. I designed based on steel structures code and from first principles using information from Australian Stainless Steel Development Association.


The project involved canopies with transparent plastic roof covering, all shaped to look like ships sails and rigging (according to the artist). I only designed for strength: down here we have no mandatory requirements for serviceability. Fortunately the minimum wall thickness that the fabricator could bend was much thicker than my calculations suggested was needed.



Conrad Harrison

B.Tech (mfg & mech), MIIE, gradTIEAust



South Australia

From: Andrew Kester, P.E. [mailto:akester(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Wednesday, 19 March 2008 10:35
To: seaint
Subject: Stainless Steel - answering my own question


I still would like any heads ups and tables you may have, but I have found maybe too much info here:


Stainless Steel Info Center



And what I understand is that SS is not governed by any codes in the US but it is in many other countries, and you should not use AISC but basic structural materials mechanics would be used.


From a web board, not from me, "One of the main differences is that carbon steel has a constant modulus of elasticity, while stainless has a varying modulus of elasticity based on the stresses in the steel"