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I will add my 2 cents worth which is about 1.5 cents USA. The Canadian standard S157 is hard to follow and according to an engineer who sat on the S157 committee, there was a lot of dissension. I use the American Aluminum Association Design Manual 2010 which is a lot easier to use - my opinion but a couple of other engineers agree.

Gary L. Hodgson, P.Eng.
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On 9/25/2015 5:23 PM, Thor Tandy wrote:
My $0.02 worth.

In Canada we have CSA S157 with relevant equations for capacities etc and
ASTM has aluminum standards ...?

Except for weld-heat impact, the equations are similar (not identical) to
those for steel and other homogeneous isotropic materials. So you could use Mr=.9*S*Fy and use Fy = 1/2 the specified strength ... etc

Single anchor at bottom seems a little light ...? And I didn't think 6061 alloy came with 'T5' temper ... my data book shows 'T4' and 'T6' but that
might be Canada ...

I'd check that the 5052 alloy works, especially with the reductions if welded. It's used more for architectural work than structural but it might be enough.
Thor A. Tandy P.Eng, C.Eng, Struct.Eng, MIStructE, FEC
Victoria, BC

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