By John Dwight

ISBN-10: 0419157107

ISBN-13: 9780419157106

This hugely illustrated ebook is a pragmatic layout consultant to the structural use of aluminum. The chapters contain this heritage of aluminum, diversity of functions, alloys and their houses. The booklet additionally offers with structural layout, and is a useful source for designers, with a number of diagrams, charts and examples.

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The material emerging therefrom, called ‘hot-mill strip’, can be shipped directly as plate or reduced further in a cold mill to produce sheet. The immediate output from the cold mill is coiled strip, which is decoiled and cut into sheets. 5 m, although greater sizes are possible. Copyright 1999 by Taylor & Francis Group. All Rights Reserved. 2 Plate The term ‘plate’ refers to hot-rolled flat material, typically with a thickness у 6 mm, although it may be thinner. When in a non-heat-treatable alloy, plate is often supplied in the rather vague ‘as-hot-rolled’ or F condition, for which only typical properties can be quoted.

11 Some typical plank sections: (a) flooring for offshore accommodation module; (b, c, d) truck body sections. 12 Two designs of chassis member using special extrusions: (a) welded; (b) bonded. Note use of bolt-head slots for the connection of cross-members, thus improving the fatigue rating. 10 shows some of the well-known tricks of the trade. 11) with various possible features such as anti-slip surface, concealed fixing and positive interlock between adjacent planks. 12 shows two designs by British engineer Ron Cobden for truck chassis members, one welded and the other bonded.

A wide range of other proprietary fasteners is available, generally more expensive, mostly for use in the aero-industry. In the USA such fasteners, which are a cross between a bolt and a rivet, are also popular in non-aeronautical construction. Copyright 1999 by Taylor & Francis Group. All Rights Reserved. 1 Use of arc welding Over the last 25 years, arc welding has achieved complete acceptance as a method for joining aluminium, following the American development of gas-shielded welding in the 1950s.

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