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Determining the Strength of Aluminum Extruded Members
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Determining the Strength of Aluminum Extruded Members

This seminar, taught by Randy Kissell, PE, is a special event that will be held in conjunction with EDU '18. You may register for this class as part of your EDU '18 experience or just attend the course on its own. Register online at

 Export to Your Calendar 5/14/2018
When: Monday, May 14, 2018
8:30 AM
Where: Chicago Marriott O'Hare Hotel
8535 West Higgins Road
Chicago, Illinois  60631
United States
Contact: Lisse Jurcenko

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Aluminum extrusions are often used where they must provide structural support – for example, as framing members in screened enclosures around swimming pools, as mullions in curtain walls, or as beams supporting flatbed trailers for highway use. For successful applications of these types, designers must be able to determine the forces that the extrusions can withstand. Aluminum extrusions have a great advantage over other products for such applications because they can readily be produced in custom and complicated cross sections. The down side, though, is that it can be difficult to calculate the strength of members made of such shapes.

The Specification for Aluminum Structures, published by the Aluminum Association, provides tools to overcome this challenge, enabling designers to exploit the versatility of aluminum extrusions. The purpose of this session is to teach designers how to use these powerful tools.

Randy Kissell co-founded the TGB Partnership, an engineering firm specializing in aluminum structures, in 1993. He has been involved in the design, fabrication, erection, and inspection of aluminum structures since 1978, including 12 years as the engineering manager of Conservatek, an aluminum space frame manufacturer and erector.

Randy co-authored Aluminum Structures - A Guide to Their Specifications and Design, published by John Wiley and now in its 2nd edition, and co-holds numerous US patents for aluminum structures.

Randy has been registered as a professional engineer in over 20 states, including those with special requirements such as California and Alaska and has been licensed as a general contractor in California and Florida.

This course is being conducted in conjunction with Extrusion Design University-EDU '18. Register online at'18. Register for this course only or as an add-on to your EDU '18 experience.

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