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Determining the Strength of Aluminum Extruded Members Seminar
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This workshop, taught by design engineer and author Randy Kissell with 40 years of experience in aluminum structures, will provide designers with tools to overcome the challenge of determining the forces that the extrusions can withstand. By using Specification for Aluminum Structures, published by The Aluminum Association, Kissell will teach designers how to use the powerful tools available to them. This course is AIA CES registered. Credit: 6.5 AIA LU Hours

When: Monday, May 14, 2018
8:30 AM
Where: Chicago Marriott O'Hare
8535 W. Higgins Road
Chicago, Illinois  60631
United States
Contact: Lisse Jurcenko

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Determining the Strength of Aluminum Extruded Members Seminar
Instructor: Randy Kissell, PE, Trinity Consultants
Monday, May 14, 2018
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $450 (AEC members*); $650 (nonmembers)
Credit: 6.5 AIA LU Hours

This course is co-located with Extrusion Design University-EDU '18 in Chicago. For details visit

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.

The course will cover a wealth of topics, including:

  • Alloys & tempers
  • Aluminum extrusions
  • Material properties
  • Structural design overview
  • compression members
  • Flexural members
  • Design for serviceability
  • Mechanical connections
  • Welded connections & and much more.

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Choose suitable aluminum extrusion alloys and tempers for a given application
  • Determine the forces and moments an aluminum extrusion is able to safely withstand
  • Determine the strength of a connection between aluminum extrusions; and
  • Address serviceability requirements for aluminum extrusions.

AEC is an approved provider of education through the American Institute of Architects (AIA). This one-day course is AIA CES Registered.

Credit: 6.5 AIA LU Hours


*AEC members: be sure to log in as a member before registering for the Workshop to obtain the member rate!

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About the Instructor

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. Structures he has designed have been featured in Civil Engineering, Engineering News-Record, and at the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Structures Congresses, and Randy consulted in the renovation of the aluminum conservatory for the US Botanic Garden in Washington. He has conducted ASCE’s Designing Aluminum Structures seminar since 2002, and the Welding Aluminum for Engineers seminar for the American Welding Society.

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.

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