Steel Construction Manual
This page provides resources that are a companion to the 15th Edition Steel Construction Manual.
The specifications, codes and standards printed in Part 16 of the 15th Edition Steel Construction Manual are available for free download in PDF format.
• 2016 Specification for Structural Steel Buildings (ANSI/AISC 360-16)
• 2016 Code of Standard Practice for Steel Buildings and Bridges (ANSI/AISC 303-16)
• 2014 Specification for Structural Joints Using High Strength Bolts
For older versions of AISC's standards, visit our Historical Standards page.
The v15.0 Design Examples replaces V14.2 and is keyed to the 15th Edition Steel Construction Manual and the 2016 Specification for Structural Steel Buildings.
The v14.2 Design Examples replaces V14.1 and is keyed to the 14th Edition Steel Construction Manual and the 2010 Specification for Structural Steel Buildings.
The AISC Shapes Database version 15.0 (v15.0) replaces v14.1 and contains electronic access to section dimensions and properties consistent with the AISC Steel Construction Manual, 15th Edition. U.S. customary and metric units are both included. The AISC Shapes Database Version 15.0 is available in Microsoft Excel format.
Major improvements in v15.0 include:
- Dimensions and properties included for the 76 new shapes added to the 15th Edition Manual
- New dimensions including the "T" and "Workable Gage" values printed in the Manual
- New "Readme" included in the spreadsheet that serves as the glossary of the variables and provides a complete list of improvements for v15.0
The AISC Shapes Database v15.0H (Historic) replaces the v14.1H and now includes all section dimensions and properties consistent with the AISC Steel Construction Manual, 14th Edition. This resource provides electronic access to dimensions and properties of shapes published in the AISC Manual since the 5th Edition and shapes from before that era as originally published in the book Iron and Steel Beams 1873-1952 (the predecessor to AISC Design Guide 15, AISC Rehabilitation and Retrofit Guide).
Thus, this database is the compilation of all of the structural steel shape dimensions and properties recorded by AISC from the year 1873 to 2010.
An electronic Shapes Database for ASTM A1085 rectangular, square and round HSS can be downloaded here.
The Basic Design Value Cards are a design aid for the 2016 AISC Specification for Structural Steel Buildings (ANSI/AISC 360-16). These cards present some of the most frequently used equations from the Specification in a simplified and abbreviated format.
Card 1 contains equations to calculate the available strength of W-, S-, C-, and MC-shapes in tension, shear, flexure and compression.
Card 2 provides equations for determining the available strengths of bolted or welded connections and connected parts.
Card 3 is similar to Card 1 except it covers the available strength for square, rectangular and round HSS shapes.
Card 4 gives a summary for stability design of structures using either the first-order, effective length, or direct analysis methods. This card also provides a "simplified method" that is based on the effective length method.
These cards have limitations and are not intended to be solely relied upon as a replacement to the Manual or Specification. Note that some solutions obtained using this card may be more conservative than those provided by the Specification. As indicated in the Related Info and Notes sections on the cards, there are certain situations where the equations on these design cards may not be applicable, or an equation may require use of a modification factor.
Browse all of the Reference Lists in the 15th Edition Steel Construction Manual, sorted by the part of manual in which the reference appears. Note that Part 5 does not contain any references to other publications. Where possible, active links are provided to assist with obtaining the cited literature.
Some content hosted on the AISC web site is available only to AISC members as part of their member benefits. Some of the references are linked to the web sites of other associations where they can be accessed for a fee.
ASTM A1085: New HSS Standard
In the second quarter of 2013, a new ASTM standard for HSS was released titled ASTM A1085. The new standard provides an HSS with improved performance and can result in more efficient steel designs. AISC has prepared a number of resources below to help introduce A1085 into the steel marketplace and to help engineers use it in design. Shapes are available in square, round and rectangular sections.
Shape Dimensions and Section Properties
Shape dimensions and section property tables are available in PDF format based on the nominal wall thickness for square, round and rectangular A1085 HSS.
The shape dimensions and section properties for square, round and rectangular A1085 HSS are also available in a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet.
For information on producers and availability of HSS sizes in ASTM A1085 material please contact the following:
ASTM A1085 Flyer
A brief overview of ASTM A1085
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