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Aluminium design and construction by John Dwight

By John Dwight

This hugely illustrated ebook is a realistic layout advisor to the structural use of aluminum. The chapters comprise this heritage of aluminum, variety of functions, alloys and their homes. The e-book additionally bargains with structural layout, and is a useful source for designers, with various diagrams, charts and examples.

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5). Therefore the possible variation in cost per metre will be much less than might at first be supposed. But it is still significant. An important factor governing variation in thickness is die wear. On a long run, the die has to be taken out of service when it gets too worn and replaced by a fresh one. A tighter tolerance can be achieved by limiting the interval between such replacements. Copyright 1999 by Taylor & Francis Group. All Rights Reserved. 9 Conventional profiles. 9 Design possibilities with extrusions A designer has the option of either using an existing section when a suitable die already exists, or getting a new die cut to produce the optimum section for the job.

The best bolts for aluminium structures are in austenitic stainless steel (300-series), as these are much stronger than aluminium ones. The extra cost is likely to be small relative to that of the final structure. 6105), each of which comes in three possible grades with tensile strengths of 500, 700 and 800 N/mm2 respectively. Steel bolts (non-stainless), which must have a protective coating, can only be considered for indoor use. When exposed to the elements it is simply a matter of time before the coating disappears and they begin to rust.

For the weaker (weldable) type of 7xxx Copyright 1999 by Taylor & Francis Group. All Rights Reserved. material, it is significantly greater; while for 2xxx material, and also for the stronger versions of 7xxx and 5xxx material, it is considerably so. 8 Tolerances When one sees a batch of gleaming aluminium extrusions, one is tempted to think of them as a precision product, although in fact they are subject to tolerances in the same way as steel. Such tolerances cover width, thickness, section shape, straightness and twist.

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