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A Guide to A1085 (Frequently Asked Questions)

As I travel the country talking to colleagues, I get a lot of questions about A1085. Since some of the same questions come up time and time again, I thought it would be helpful if I wrote them down as part of a “Frequently Asked Questions” guide to A1085. I hope you find this FAQ helpful when designing with A1085 on your next project.

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Student Day 2017 Continues the Tradition of Educating Young Engineers

On Tuesday, February 28th, 2017, we welcomed over 30 undergrad and graduate students from six schools for our 6th annual Student Day event at the Atlas Tube facility in Chicago, IL.

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HSS In the Wild

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Hollow Structural Sections (HSS) help engineers create some pretty cool things every day – from tall skyscrapers for us to live and work in, to dynamic bridges connecting us from to and fro. But HSS products aren’t always used in such large scale projects – in fact, HSS is all around us, every day! As I travel around, I take snap shots here and there of HSS In The Wild to show all the interesting uses and applications this versatile product can be used in. Atlas Tube produces HSS products up to 18x18 square 0.625 wall (along with the corresponding rectangles) and rounds up to 20”. Along with JUMBO HSS sizes beyond 18x18 square, it gives you the flexibility to let your imagination run wild and create whatever you want. What projects will you use HSS in next? 

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HSS Market Map: Awareness, Availability and Applications

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All information is derived from the recent HSS market map summary from the Steel Tube Institute and Frank Lynn & Associates.

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Recent Trade Shows Prove to be Great Place to Launch New A1085 Spec


This year, Atlas Tube exhibited at both the North American Steel Construction Conference (NASCC) on April 17-19 in St. Louis and the ASCE Structures Congress on May 2-4 in Pittsburgh. Both conferences were well attended, with NASCC attracting nearly 3800 engineers, students, service centers, fabricators, detailers and contractors, and Structures Congress attracting around 1000 structural engineers, faculty and students.

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