Fifty Years of Aluminum in Construction

by Cedric Marsh, (M.ASCE), Prof. of Engrg.; Dept. of Civ. Engrg., Sir George Williams Campus, Concordia Univ., Montreal, Quebec, Canada,

Serial Information: Journal of the Construction Division, 1975, Vol. 101, Issue 3, Pg. 583-592

Document Type: Journal Paper


The development of aluminum applications in construction equipment since l925 is reviewed. Preferred alloys, products, and methods of joining are examined as related to engines, vehicle bodies, cranes, scaffolding, formwork, structures, architecture, tools, and equipment. During the 50-yr life of the Construction Division of ASCE, aluminum has grown from specialized application to become an accepted structural metal of general utility. The light weight and corrosion resistance, coupled with the versatility of the extrusion process, has given it an important place that can only continue to expand in the next half-century.

Subject Headings: Aluminum (material) | Construction management | Construction equipment | Alloys | Engines | Vehicles | Cranes | Falsework and scaffolds

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