Architectural Metals: A Guide to Selection, Specification, and Performance

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John Wiley & Sons, Jul 28, 1995 - Architecture - 423 pages
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The historic breakthroughs in the science of metallurgy over thelast quarter century have produced an array of new metallicbuilding materials. Architects and designers now have a far broaderpalette of metals to choose from than at any other time in history,and metal is fast becoming the star building material featured insome of today's most exciting new building projects.

A book whose time has come, Archi-tectural Metals is the firstcomprehensive guide to the metals and metallic finishes currentlyavailable for use in architecture. Learn from a fourth-generationexpert in the field who has, over the past fifteen years, consultedon some of the world's most prestigious building projects.Architectural Metals demystifies metals for architects, artisans,and design professionals providing them with a logical frameworkfor the selection and use of the correct material for the job athand.

Encyclopedic in scope, Architectural Metals is an extremelyuser-friendly working resource supplying readers with instantaccess to a wealth of essential information about the forms andbehaviors of metallic building materials. From aluminum, stainlesssteel, copper, lead, and zinc to new metals and finishes such astitanium, pewter-coated copper, and colored stainless steel, itdescribes everything architects, engineers, and designprofessionals need to know about all the common and many uncommonmetals at their disposal.

Each chapter of Architectural Metals is devoted to a specifictype of metal, metallic finish, or coating. Each includes ahistorical overview, environmental concerns, an exhaustivedescription of available forms and (where appropriate) colors,performance evaluations, finishes, weathering and corrosioncharacteristics, maintenance and restoration techniques, fastening,welding, and joining methods, and more. And since eachmetal-producing industry has its own unique jargon and systems ofmeasurement, the author takes pains throughout to define relevantterms and translate measurement and thickness indices into familiarinch and millimeter scales.

Destined to become a standard in the field, Architectural Metalsis an indispensable tool for architects, designers, and artisanswho work with metals.

"Metalis the material of our time. It enables architecture tobecome sculpture; it also expresses technological possibility aswell as the time-honored characteristics of quality andpermanence." —From Frank O. Gehry's foreword to ArchitecturalMetals

Written by one of the leading experts on architectural metals,this is the first comprehensive guide to the metals and metallicfinishes and coatings available for use in architecturalconstruction. Growing out of its author's experiences helpingarchitects realize some of the most exciting designs of the pasttwenty years, Architectural Metals:

  • Demystifies metals for architects and design professionals
  • Supplies a logical framework for selecting the best materialsfor the job at hand
  • Provides instant access to everything architects and designersneed to
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Aluminum
29
Finishing of Aluminum
62
Copper
92
Construction
126
Iron Steel and
183
Finishes
192
History
197
Available Forms and Dimensions
237
Lead and Zinc
262
Monel and Titanium
285
Metallic Coatings on Metals
299
Paint Coatings on Metal
335
APPENDIX A General Material Specification
359
APPENDIX B Comparative Metal
384
BIBLIOGRAPHY
409

Finishes
212
Colors in Stainless Steel
229
PHOTOGRAPHY CREDITS
423
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Page 415 - An arc-welding process wherein coalescence is produced by heating with an electric arc between a covered metal electrode and the work. Shielding is obtained from decomposition of the electrode covering. Pressure is not used and filler metal is obtained from the electrode.
Page 410 - Izod tests. killed steel. Steel treated with a strong deoxidizing agent such as silicon or aluminum in order to reduce the oxygen content to such a level that no reaction occurs between carbon and oxygen during solidification.

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About the author (1995)

L. WILLIAM ZAHNER is President of A. Zahner Company Inc. and Zahner Architectural Metal Consultants, Kansas City, Missouri. He has worked with many of the world's leading architects and has contributed to a number of high-profile projects utilizing metal as a major building material, including the Weisman Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain.

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