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Essential for all professionals who work with aluminum in structural applications, this comprehensive, up-to-date resource includes:

  • Specification for Aluminum Structures - Allowable Stress Design Specification and Commentary: provides rules for determining the strength of aluminum structural components and safety factors for aluminum building and bridge structures;
  • Specification for Aluminum Structures - Load and Resistance Factor Design Specification and Commentary: provides rules for determining the strength of aluminum structural components and resistance factors for aluminum building structures;
  • Design Guide: additional discussion of the Specification for Aluminum Structures, as well as information on adhesive bonded joints, sandwich panels and beams, extrusion design, corrosion prevention, fire protection, references, and other design codes for aluminum structural components in automobiles, bridges, rail cars, ships, pressure vessels, pipe, and storage tanks;
  • Materials: alloy and temper designation systems for wrought and cast aluminum alloys; comparative characteristics of wrought alloys, and foreign alloy designations correlated with U.S. alloy designations;
  • Material Properties: minimum strengths for wrought, cast, and welded aluminum alloys, minimum strengths for aluminum fastener alloys, and typical mechanical and physical properties, including thermal expansion, electrical conductivity, and density (all in U.S. and SI units);
  • Section Properties: Dimensions and sections properties for aluminum channels, I-beams, angles, tees, zees, square, rectangular and round tube, pipe, and roofing and siding, as well as sheet metal and wire gauges;
  • Design Aids: Compressive strength curves, allowable stress tables for various alloys, allowable load tables for: channels and I-beams in bending, tread plate, roofing and siding; fastener dimensions, and minimum bend radii for aluminum sheet and plate, wire, and rod;
  • Illustrative Design Examples: structural design example calculations based on the Specification for Aluminum Structures;
  • Guidelines for Aluminum Sheet Metal Work in Building Construction: for the use of aluminum in roofing and flashing; and
  • Index

The 2005 edition includes new or revised provisions concerning:

  • Welded strengths
  • Adding 6063-T52, 6351-T6, and 7005-T53
  • Materials for screws used to connect aluminum parts
  • Factors on welded tensile ultimate strength and compressive yield strength
  • Welded connections (groove, fillet, plug and slot, and stud welds)
  • Screw pull-over
  • Revision of Section 1.2, Materials
  • Revision of Section 5, Mechanical Connections
  • Revision of Section 6, Fabrication and Erection
  • A new Section 8, Castings
  • Weighted average strengths
  • Design stresses for wind loads
  • Fatigue strength for welds with permanent backing
  • Net effective areas for channels, I beams, zees, angles, and tees
  • Single angles in flexure
  • Tapered thickness element strength
  • Shear yield strengths
  • Web crippling of extrusions
  • Compressive strength of complex cross sections
  • Strength of elements in bending in their own plane
  • Unbraced length in bending.

Document History

  1. AA ADM-2020

    Aluminum Design Manual, 2020 Edition

    • Most Recent
  2. AA ADM-2015

    Aluminum Design Manual, 2015 Edition

    • Historical Version
  3. AA ADM-1

    Aluminum Design Manual, 2010 Edition

    • Historical Version
  4. AA ADM-1


    Aluminum Design Manual, 2005

    • Historical Version