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Steel Detailers' Manual

Steel Detailers' Manual

Alan Hayward, Frank Weare, A. C. Oakhill

ISBN: 978-1-444-39327-9

Mar 2011, Wiley-Blackwell

192 pages



This highly illustrated manual provides practical guidance on structural steelwork detailing. It:

· describes the common structural shapes in use and how they are joined to form members and complete structures

· explains detailing practice and conventions

· provides detailing data for standard sections, bolts and welds

· emphasises the importance of tolerances in order to achieve proper site fit-up

· discusses the important link between good detailing and construction costs

Examples of structures include single and multi-storey buildings, towers and bridges. The detailing shown will be suitable in principle for fabrication and erection in many countries, and the sizes shown will act as a guide to preliminary design.

The third edition has been revised to take account of the new Eurocodes on structural steel work, together with their National Annexes. The new edition also takes account of developments in 3-D modelling techniques and it includes more CAD standard library details.

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List of Figures.

List of Tables.


1 Use of Structural Steel.

1.1 Why steel?

1.2 Structural steels.

1.3 Structural shapes.

1.4 Tolerances.

1.5 Connections.

1.6 Interface to foundations.

1.7 Welding.

1.8 Bolting.

1.9 Dos and don’ts.

1.10 Protective treatment.

1.11 Drawings.

1.12 Codes of practice.

2 Detailing Practice.

2.1 General.

2.2 Layout of drawings.

2.3 Lettering.

2.4 Dimensions.

2.5 Projection.

2.6 Scales.

2.7 Revisions.

2.8 Beam and column detailing conventions.

2.9 Erection marks.

2.10 Opposite handing.

2.11 Welds.

2.12 Bolts.

2.13 Holding down bolts.

2.14 Abbreviations.

3 Design Guidance.

3.1 General.

3.2 Load capacities of simple connections.

3.3 Sizes and load capacity of simple column bases.

4 Detailing Data.

5 Connection Details.

6 Computer Aided Detailing.

6.1 Introduction.

6.2 Steelwork detailing.

6.3 Constructing a 3-D model of a steel structure.

6.4 Object orientation.

6.5 CNC/rapid prototyping.

6.6 Future developments.

7 Examples of Structures.

7.1 Multi-storey frame buildings.

7.2 Single-storey frame buildings.

7.3 Portal frame buildings.

7.4 Vessel support structure.

7.5 Roof over reservoir.

7.6 Tower.

7.7 Bridges.

7.8 Single-span highway bridge.

7.9 Highway sign gantry.

7.10 Staircase.

Table of Standards.


Further Reading.



  • revised to take account of new steel Eurocodes

  • additional information on 3-D modelling techniques and further CAD standard library details

  • companion to Blackwell’s highly successful Steel Designers’ Manual