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Introduction of Common HSS Specifications

by Bradlee Fletcher on November 19, 2018

The use of tubular shapes is seen all around us in nature. Tube-like structures are naturally occurring in the bones of animals, bamboo and the stems of flowers. It’s no wonder HSS is so popular amongst structural engineers – from being a cost-effective structural member, to a high strength to weight ratio, to a uniform strength and aesthetical...

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Think ASTM A1085 For Structures with Dynamic Loading

by Bradlee Fletcher on September 24, 2018

You might already know that the steel used in bridges must meet the toughness requirements of ASTM A709 and AASHTO M270. If you design a bridge with ASTM A500 HSS, the sections will most likely have to be custom-manufactured to meet these requirements. That means higher costs, longer lead times and a higher minimum order quantity. Plus, you’ll ha...

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Recapping the AIA 2018 Architecture Expo

by Bradlee Fletcher on August 3, 2018

In June, I attended the American Institute of Architects Architecture Expo at the Javits Center in New York City. For all the years I’ve been an engineer (which has been quite a long time now), I’ve never checked out this expo until now – which is surprising since architects love using HSS in their unique designs. First, walking into the J...

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NASCC 2018 Wrap Up

by Bradlee Fletcher on May 8, 2018

NASCC 2018 (#NASCC18) hosted by the AISC, was held in downtown Baltimore, MD at the Baltimore Convention Center. Another record crowd with over 5,000 attendees, the show featured more than 200 exhibitors and 100s of...

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Top Five Reasons to Use Composite HSS

by Bradlee Fletcher on March 7, 2018

Composite HSS, or concrete-filled tubes (CFT) as it is sometimes referred, is an underutilized form of design and construction that has several advantages.  The most common use is for columns supporting traditional steel framing or other floor systems such as Delta Beam with precast concrete planks. Let’s explore the top five reasons you...

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What the Spec: Minimum Yield of ASTM A500

by Bradlee Fletcher on January 22, 2018

You’ve designed structures with HSS products throughout your career and enjoy using them – whether it is their greater design properties in both axis, or how they are particularly suited for compression column applications, HSS’s popularity continues to grow every year. And whenever we have tours at one of our manufacturing facilities acro...

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