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.

part |2 pages

The Metal

chapter 1|5 pages

Obtaining the metal

chapter 2|8 pages

Properties of the metal

chapter 3|22 pages

Fabrication of aluminium alloys

chapter 4|8 pages


chapter 5|14 pages


chapter 6|7 pages


chapter 7|4 pages

Aluminium and the environment

part |2 pages

A Building Material

chapter 8|7 pages

Joining the establishment

chapter 9|7 pages

General design data

part |2 pages

Applications in Building

chapter 10|14 pages

Windows and doors

chapter 11|8 pages

Curtain walling

chapter 12|17 pages

Cladding and roofing

chapter 13|5 pages


chapter 14|10 pages

Patent glazing

chapter 15|7 pages

Space frames

chapter 16|5 pages

Highway furniture

chapter 17|2 pages

Shopfront s and ground-floor treatment

chapter 18|4 pages

Rainwater systems

chapter 19|3 pages

Architectural metal work

chapter 20|10 pages

Interior applications

chapter 21|2 pages

Looking ahead