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    Aluminum Association Introduces First-Ever Material Designation System for 3D Printing

    The Aluminum Association will release its first new material registration record in nearly 20 years. The new “purple sheets” will provide clear chemical designations for aluminum powder used in 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing. The purple sheets are the newest addition to the Association’s long-running “rainbow sheet” series, which provides alloy designations and […]

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    Metric Version of Aluminum Standards & Data 2017 Now Available

    The Aluminum Association released the latest metric version of its longest-running and most popular publication, Aluminum Standards and Data Metric (SI) 2017. The Association released its U.S. Customary Edition earlier in the year, which was reviewed by Light Metal Age. Aluminum Standards and Data is an indispensable book for anyone who works with aluminum, as it […]

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    ASI Launches Certification Program Addressing Aluminum Sustainability

    The Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) launched a new Certification program for the aluminum value chain, focused on responsible production, sourcing, and stewardship of this important industrial metal. The new Certification program will cover all stages of the value chain for aluminum, including bauxite mining, alumina refining, aluminum smelting, semi-fabrication, product design and manufacturing, and recycling. “This […]

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    ARTICLE: The 50th Anniversary of the Specification for Aluminum Structures

    By J. Randolph Kissell, The TGB Partnership. In November 1967, the Aluminum Association published the first edition of the Specification for Aluminum Structures. The document’s purpose was to provide designers the means to calculate the strength of aluminum components in structural applications such as buildings, bridges, and transportation vehicles. Now in its 10th edition and […]

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    Book Review – Aluminum Standards and Data 2017

    Aluminum Standards and Data 2017: U.S. Customary Edition Publisher: The Aluminum Association, Inc. (©2017) Reviewed by Joseph C. Benedyk, Editor Aluminum Standards and Data 2017: U.S. Customary Edition was published on June 1, 2017 by the Aluminum Association. First published in 1955, Aluminum Standards and Data (AS&D) is recognized as the oldest, most popular, and […]

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    International Temper Designation Systems for Wrought Aluminum Alloys

    The globalization of the aluminum industry has made it imperative that universal alloy and temper designations be adopted worldwide. Already, there is an international accord regarding the designation and composition of aluminum and aluminum alloys, published by The Aluminum Association in TEAL SHEETS 2009. However, there still is no international accord on designation and registration […]

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    Fastener Design Guidelines for Aluminum Extrusion, Sheet, and Plate

    As screw fasteners are so often used in aluminum structures, the structural integrity of joints made with these fasteners are highly dependent on proper design guidelines. The Hydro Extrusion Design Manual 2009 and The Aluminum Association’s Aluminum Design Manual 2005 present general design guidelines for mechanical connections. The Hydro Manual includes joining guidelines for longitudinal […]