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dc.contributor.advisorJerome J Connor.en_US
dc.contributor.authorChen, Michael, 1981-en_US
dc.contributor.otherMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2006-02-02T18:49:17Z
dc.date.available2006-02-02T18:49:17Z
dc.date.copyright2004en_US
dc.date.issued2004en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/31111
dc.descriptionThesis (M. Eng.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2004.en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references (p. 50).en_US
dc.description.abstractA literature review of current aluminum technology in the building and construction industry was carried out. Aluminum is an ideal material for building in corrosive environments and for building structures where small dead loads are desired. This has led to the increased use of aluminum in industrial areas and bridge retrofitting projects. By replacing conventional concrete decks of a bridge with aluminum decks, not only is the dead load red load capacity of the bridge is increased. However, there are design issues related with aluminum construction that must be carefully considered. Issues such as welding and temperature effects play a major factor in the application of aluminum in design and construction. Depending on the alloy and temper, welding of aluminum can reduce the strength of an aluminum alloy by half in heat-affected zones. A life cycle assessment of aluminum production is discussed. Green-house gas emissions from aluminum production over the past several decades have declined consistently due to new smelting technologies. In addition, a great amount of aluminum in use today is recycled aluminum. As engineers and architects look for more sustainable solutions and the price of the metal continues to decline, aluminum offers designers an attractive and viable solution.en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibilityby Michael Chen.en_US
dc.format.extent50 p.en_US
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dc.format.extent3404877 bytes
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
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dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherMassachusetts Institute of Technologyen_US
dc.rightsM.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission.en_US
dc.rights.urihttp://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/7582
dc.subjectCivil and Environmental Engineering.en_US
dc.titleCurrent technologies and trends of aluminum designen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.description.degreeM.Eng.en_US
dc.contributor.departmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering.en_US
dc.contributor.departmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
dc.identifier.oclc56016774en_US


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