Aluminum Structures: A Guide to Their Specifications and Design / Edition 2

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On the First Edition:

"The book is a success in providing a comprehensive introduction to the use of aluminum structures . . . contains lots of useful information."
Materials & Manufacturing Processes

"A must for the aluminum engineer. The authors are to be commended for their painstaking work."
Light Metal Age

Technical guidance and inspiration for designing aluminum structures
Aluminum Structures, Second Edition demonstrates how strong, lightweight, corrosion-resistant aluminum opens up a whole new world of design possibilities for engineering and architecture professionals. Keyed to the revised Specification for Aluminum Structures of the 2000 edition of the Aluminum Design Manual, it provides quick look-up tables for design calculations; examples of recently built aluminum structures-from buildings to bridges; and a comparison of aluminum to other structural materials, particularly steel. Topics covered include:

  • Structural properties of aluminum alloys
  • Aluminum structural design for beams, columns, and tension members
  • Extruding and other fabrication techniques
  • Welding and mechanical connections
  • Aluminum structural systems, including space frames, composite members, and plate structures
  • Inspection and testing
  • Load and resistance factor design
  • Recent developments in aluminum structures
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Editorial Reviews

Urges design, engineering, and architecture professionals with a background in steel design to use aluminum as a structural material and explains the practice of designing aluminum structures. Through detailed examples of total structures, discusses the properties of aluminum, its structural performance, fabrication, welding and mechanical connections, and inspection and testing. Provides supporting material in tables, charts, and graphs. Keyed to the sixth edition of the Specifications for Aluminum Structures published by the Aluminum Association, and borrows or contrasts relevant specifications from the corresponding reference on steel. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471019657
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/23/2002
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 536,615
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.39 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

J. RANDOLPH KISSELL and ROBERT L. FERRY, both registered professional engineers, are the founders of The TGB Partnership of Hillsborough, North Carolina, a consulting firm specializing in aluminum structural design

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Table of Contents

Preface to the 1st Edition.

Preface to the 2nd Edition.


What's in this Book?

What is Aluminum?

Working with Aluminum.


Material Properties for Design.

Explanation of the Aluminum Specificaton.

Orientation to the Aluminum Specificaton.


Structural Members.


Special Topics.


Structural Systems Built with Aluminum.


Load and Resistance Factor Design.

Appendix A: Pre-1954 Wrought Alloy Designations.

Appendix B: Section Properties of Common Aluminum Shapes.

Appendix C: Minimum Mechanical Properties of Aluminum Alloys.

Appendix D: Allowable Stresses for Elements of Common AluminumShapes.

Appendix E: LRFD Design Stresses for Elements of Common AluminumShapes.

Appendix F: Column Buckling Allowable Stresses.

Appendix G: Summary of the Aluminum Specification Design Provisionsfor Columns and Beams.

Cross Reference to the Aluminum Specification.

Appendix I: LRFD Design Stresses for Various Alloys.

Appendix J: Other Aluminum Structural Design Specifications.

Appendix K: Buckling Constants.

Appendix L: Metric Conversions.

Appendix M: Statistics.

Appendix N: Technical Organizations.




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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2002

    Structural Design Explained Like You Always Wanted

    This book is great! Finally, someone who explains engineering in straightforward and interesting ways. I actually found myself enjoying a technical book.

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