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  • Aluminum Design Manual, 2010 Edition
  • standard by Aluminum Association, 2010
  • Publisher: AA


Specification for Aluminum Structures: The 2010 Specification for Aluminum Structures is the first unified allowable strength design and load and resistance factor design aluminum Specification. It provides rules for determining the strength of aluminum structural components and minimum strengths for wrought, cast, and welded aluminum alloys and aluminum fasteners.

Commentary: discusses the provisions in the Specification for Aluminum Structures and provides references.

Material Properties: includes alloy and temper designation systems for wrought and cast aluminum alloys; comparative characteristics of wrought alloys; foreign alloy designations correlated with US alloy designations; and typical mechanical and physical properties, including thermal expansion, electrical conductivity, and density (all in US and SI units)

Design Guide: addresses structural design issues not included in the Specification for Aluminum Structures, including diaphragms, adhesive bonded joints, aluminum composite material, extrusion design, corrosion prevention, fire protection, sustainability, and design references for aluminum structural components in automobiles, bridges, rail cars, ships, pressure vessels, pipe, and storage tanks.

Section Properties: lists dimensions and section properties for aluminum channels, I-beams, angles, tees, zees, square and rectangular tube, round tube, pipe, and roofing and siding, as well as sheet metal and wire gauges

Design Aids: provides buckling constants, allowable stress tables for various alloys, allowable load tables for channels and I-beams in bending, tread plate, roofing and siding; fastener strengths, minimum bend radii for aluminum sheet and plate, wire, and rod, design stresses for groove and fillet welds, and beam formulas

Illustrative Design Examples: includes structural design calculation examples based on the Specification for Aluminum Structures.

The 2010 edition includes new or revised provisions concerning:
  • safety and resistance factors
  • design for stability and combined stresses
  • adding 6005A-T61 and 6082-T6
  • a glossary
  • shear yield strengths
  • shear strength of tubes
  • screw pull-over
  • screw slot pull-out strength
  • serviceability
  • evaluating existing structures
  • axial compressive strength of complex cross sections
  • fatigue strength of light pole bases
  • members subject to torsion
  • local buckling strength of welded elements
  • design for fire conditions
  • design of braces

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