By John Dwight
This hugely illustrated publication is a pragmatic layout advisor to the structural use of aluminum. The chapters contain this historical past of aluminum, diversity of purposes, alloys and their homes. The ebook additionally offers with structural layout, and is a useful source for designers, with various diagrams, charts and examples.
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Sawing, in particular, is quicker and easier than for steel, provided the appropriate tooth size and cutting speed are used. Circular saws and band saws are both employed. Flame cutting is, unfortunately, no good for aluminium because of the ragged edge produced. For profiled cuts, it is necessary to use band sawing or plasma cutting. 3 Holing Drilling of aluminium is faster than with steel, and is the normal method of making holes. When punching is used, it is desirable to punch to 75% of the final hole size and drill out.
This second deck is built of 6xxxseries extrusions, using welded construction. Immediately after the war, steel was scarce and an available alternative was aluminium, which was specified for various structures, such as factory roofs and cranes, despite the extra cost. Much of this market soon disappeared, although aluminium continued to appear in roofs of large span . Today it still appears in some such roofs, typically employing proprietary ‘space-frame’ forms of construction. In bridges, the greatest consumption of aluminium has been in military bridges, which have to be erected and launched in record time.
First, it is suitable for posi-tional welding, including overhead. Second, the arc-length is selfadjust-ing. In other words, when the welder accidentally moves the torch nearer or further away from the job, the burn-off rate momentarily changes until the right amount of wire is sticking out again, thus maintaining the correct arc-length automatically. This ‘semi-automatic’ feature makes it a relatively easy process to use. When welding in the downhand position, the section area of the maximum possible size of MIG deposit is some 40 mm2 per pass.