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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A Guide to A1085 (Frequently Asked Questions)

by Bradlee Fletcher on May 23, 2017

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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HSS Showdown: ASTM A1085 vs ASTM A500

by Bradlee Fletcher on May 15, 2015

Although it’s been around for a couple years, there's still a great deal of unfamiliarity surrounding the ASTM A1085 HSS spec. In an effort to continue to educate engineers about the applications and benefits of HSS (and that really is our mission at Atlas Tube), let’s compare a few of the properties that set ASTM A1085 apart from ASTM A500-...

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