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Design of aluminium structures - Introduction to Eurocode 9 with worked examples


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European Aluminium
European Aluminium
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To help consumers in getting reliable, consistent and improved product experience, European Aluminium is heavily involved in the development of standards at both international and European level. On top of more than 120 European standards for aluminium and its alloys in various forms, which have already been published by the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) with the support of the aluminium industry, many other standards offer solutions for the use of aluminium in various sectors. When looking at structural design for aluminium, Eurocode 9: Design of aluminium structures (often abbreviated as EN 1999 or EC 9) describes the principles and requirements for the proper design of aluminium alloy structures. While in general standardisation supports customer’s choices, Eurocode 9 is an excellent tool not only to facilitate customer’s choices for aluminium products, but also serves as a promotion tool for using aluminium in structures. This publication is a compendium of basic information on such aspects of aluminium including: - The reasons to use aluminium for structural purposes - The description of main aluminium alloys available for structural use - The design of joints - Worked examples on the application of Eurocode 9 - Sustainability of aluminium Developed by European Aluminium with the contributions of Prof. Dr. Ing. Federico Mazzolani, Chairman of CEN Technical Committee (TC)250 Sub-Committee (SC)9 on Eurocode 9: Design of aluminium structures, Prof. Dr. Ing. Torsten Höglund (Convenor of the TC 250 SC 9 Working Groups for all Parts of Eurocode 9), Dipl. Ing. Reinhold Gitterand, Dipl. Ing. Werner Mader (German representatives in CEN TC 250 SC 9), this document will be of particular interest to structural engineers designing infrastructures, means of transport, offshore constructions and, more generally, to anyone with an interest in the applications and development of aluminium for structural uses.