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AISC Requests Data from Independent Testing of HSS

September 04, 2007 From American Institute of Steel Construction, Inc.

During the past few months, a number of companies in the U.S. and Canada, including producers of hollow structural sections (HSS) and steel service centers, have sponsored a limited number of tests by independent testing facilities on HSS material imported from China, as well as HSS material produced in North America. As a result of those independent tests, the companies have raised questions about the mechanical properties of the imported HSS, as well as the credibility and reliability of the documentation provided when the products entered the United States and Canada from some of the newer sources in our market. (For more information on HSS products, including a list of traditional suppliers to the domestic market, please visit www.aisc.org/hss.)

“AISC has not been involved in any of this HSS testing. Nor have we thoroughly reviewed the test data,” said Roger Ferch, AISC president. “We believe it is premature to draw any conclusions from any of the tests that have been conducted.” It is important to note, however, that from the data we have been provided, AISC has not concluded that there is a building code issue.

AISC is seeking to compile all available test data from its members and others in the steel industry willing to provide their test data. We request anyone who has sponsored recent tests on imported or domestic HSS to please contact Roger Ferch at [email protected]; 312/670-5401.

For more information contact:

Scott Melnick
VP of Communications
(312) 670-8314
[email protected]


American Institute of Steel Construction
The American Institute of Steel Construction, headquartered in Chicago, is a not-for-profit technical institute and trade association established in 1921 to serve the structural steel design community and construction industry. AISC’s mission is to make structural steel the material of choice by being the leader in structural steel-related technical and market-building activities, including: specification and code development, research, education, technical assistance, quality certification, standardization, and market development. AISC has a long tradition of service to the steel construction industry of providing timely and reliable information. 

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