First published in 1992. Aluminium is a relatively new material, first used on a commercial basis just over 100 years ago. Today it has taken its place alongside other traditional materials as an established building element. In this variable reference source, John Lane discusses the history and development of aluminium usage in the building industry. Its characteristics of strength, lightness and durability, coupled with easy formability, make it and ideal medium for this market.
The first section of this book is a general discussion of the metal, covering such areas as its properties, alloys, fabrication, joining and finishing. The second part details the aspects of aluminium which are of particular importance in construction, while the final section highlights some of its major uses in architecture and building.
The text is amply illustrated with diagrams and photographs, and the appendices provide the reader with comprehensive details of relevant standards and contact addresses.
Table of Contents
1. Obtaining the Metal 2. Properties of the Metal 3. Fabrication of Aluminium Alloys 4. Joining 5. Finishing 6. Durability 7. Aluminium and the Environment 8. Joining the Establishment 9. General Design Data 10. Windows and Doors 11. Curtain Walling 12. Cladding and Roofing 13. Conservatories 14. Patent Glazing 15. Space Frames 16. Highway Furniture 17. Shopfronts and Ground-floor Treatment 18. Rainwater Systems 19. Architectural Metalwork 20. Interior Applications 21. Looking Ahead