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Gary is right. There is not a little frustration with S157 but it is the 
legal standard in Canada. Use of other standards is valid if the results 
align with the local standard. And that can be hard to prove if one or both 
 standards are difficult to follow. I have waded through S157 a number of 
times and have obtained results that ‎have survived peer review so I'm not 
 as plagued with the frustrations as my immediate peers.  But then I'm a 
tiger for punishment. LOL Thor

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From: Gary L. Hodgson and Assoc.
Sent: Monday, September 28, 2015 4:38 AM
To: seaint-seaosc(--nospam--at)
Reply To: seaint-seaosc(--nospam--at)
Subject: Re: [SEAINT-SEAOSC] Fence Panel Evaluation

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.
Niagara Falls, ON
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fax: 905-357-4852
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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
> Canada

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