Design of Aluminum Structures

Do you want to earn Professional Development points and enhance your career knowledge? Take a CSCE course!

For this course you will earn .7 Continuing Education Units / 7.0 Professional Development Hours

This course is ideal for:

  • Practicing engineers who are familiar with the topic of structural design using other construction materials, such as steel or concrete

This course will include calculation examples based on CSA S157 (2017). For this reason, attendees are strongly encouraged to bring their copy of this design code with them to the course, to get the most out of these examples.

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7:45 Registration – 8:00 Start of Session, Coffee Break-10:00, Lunch- 12:00, Coffee Break-2:30,  16:30 End of Session

Cities and Dates

Vancouver – April 15th, 2020
Sandman Hotel Vancouver City Centre
180 West Georgia Street
Vancouver BC V6B 4P4

Edmonton – April 16th, 2020
10111 Ellerslie Rd. SW | Edmonton, AB | T6X 0J3

Calgary – April 17th, 2020
888 7 Avenue SW | Calgary, AB | T2P 3J3

Ottawa – April 30th, 2020
Delta Hotels Ottawa City Centre
101 Lyon Street North
Ottawa,  ON K1R 5T9
(613) 237-3600

Montreal – May 1st, 2020
Marriott Springhill Suites
King-Edward/Iberville Room
445 St. Jean Baptiste
Montreal, QC
H2Y 2Z7
Tel: 514-875-4333

Montreal – May 6th, 2020 (French)

Quebec – May 8th, 2020 (French)

Aluminum is a material of choice for a number of structural applications, including: building façade elements, highway accessory supports, pedestrian bridges, temporary structures (e.g. ladders, grand stands, formwork shoring), and structures exposed to harsh environmental conditions, such as those in marine and industrial facilities. Its high strength-to-weight ratio, good corrosion resistance, and extrudability are primary considerations in these applications.

The differences between steel and aluminum structural design include: increased possibility of deflection, vibration, or local buckling governing design, and challenges in the design of welded structures, due to the influence of the heat due to welding on the strength properties of aluminum alloys. The main purpose of this course will be to introduce the topic of aluminum structure design to practicing structural engineers. This will be achieved by reviewing fundamental concepts and design methods and then showing how they are applied in design examples.

Topics include:

Review of aluminum production and metallurgy, effective properties, analysis methods, tension members, compression members, beams, torsion, combined loads, overview of connection design, fatigue, and serviceability design.

The slides for this course have been developed with support from AluQuebec’s Aluminum Expertise Centre (CeAl).

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The Instructor

Scott Walbridge, Ph.D., P.Eng. (Alberta) is an Associate Professor at the University of Waterloo, where he has worked since completing his Ph.D. at the EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland in 2005/6. Scott currently serves as TC Vice-Chair for CSA S157 (Strength Design of Aluminum Structures) and TSC Chair for CSA S6 Section 17 (Aluminum Structures). He is also a member of CSA W59 and W59.2 (the Canadian structural steel and aluminum welding codes).

His research has investigated topics in various areas including: fatigue of steel and aluminum welded connections, performance of steel and aluminum mechanical connections, vibration of aluminum pedestrian bridges, and stability of aluminum structures. In addition to his work on various structural design codes, Scott also currently serves as the Program Director for the University of Waterloo’s new undergraduate program in Architectural Engineering.

Should you like to teach a course for CSCE or have an idea for a course that you would think beneficial to yourself and other engineers,
please contact: Peter George.