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Aluminum Structural Design with the 2020 Aluminum Design Manual

8 PDHs | March 22 and Tuesday, March 23

Instructor: Randy Kissell, P.E.

Excellent course with ramifications to many other materials like steel, cold-formed and wood. John Goedken, JP-SE LLC., Des Moines, IA

Purpose and Background

The 2020 Aluminum Design Manual published by the Aluminum Association includes a number of changes to the Specification for Aluminum Structures, the bible of aluminum structural design. This 8 hour seminar is intended to bring you up to speed with the 2020 aluminum specification so you can design with it as confidently as you would in steel or concrete.

This course begins by familiarizing you with aluminum — its alloys, tempers, properties, and products, and how they’re specified. We then address how to design aluminum structural members and connections.

The seminar covers the types of structures aluminum is best suited for, aluminum product forms, the Aluminum Association's alloy and temper designation systems, the mechanical properties of aluminum, protecting against corrosion, tension members, compression members, local buckling, flexural members, fatigue, welded, bolted, pinned and screwed connections, the effect of welding on member strength and structural issues related to aluminum fabrication and construction. Sample design problems are worked using the Specification for Aluminum Structures.

Seminar Benefits

  • Keep up with recent developments in aluminum structures and the latest revisions to the Specification for Aluminum Structures
  • Find out which aluminum alloys and products are available and their proper applications
  • Learn how to protect aluminum structures against corrosion
  • Avoid over-designing aluminum structures
  • Become aware of the differences between aluminum and steel design
  • Learn the potential benefits of substituting aluminum for steel or stainless steel
  • Learn where not to use aluminum

Learning Outcomes

Students will learn:

  • The major aluminum alloy groups and their uses
  • The principal structural properties of aluminum
  • How to apply the Specification for Aluminum Structures to design aluminum members for axial compression, tension, bending, and shear and how to design aluminum connections, both mechanical (bolted, riveted, screwed, and pinned) and welded

Assessment of Learning Outcomes

The students achievement of the learning outcomes will be assessed through examples and problem-solving exercises.

Who Should Attend?

Structural engineers, building officials, and architects who want to better understand and use aluminum.

Course Outline

Time: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. each day

  • Introduction
  • Material designations and specifications
  • Product forms and finishes
  • Material properties
  • Aluminum structural design overview
  • Tension members
  • Compression members
  • Local buckling
  • Flexural members
  • Members in shear and torsion
  • Combined stresses
  • Fatigue
  • Mechanical connections (bolted, riveted, screwed, and pinned)
  • Welded connections
  • Welded members
  • Fabrication and construction
  • Recent developments in aluminum structures

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