oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - Aluminium used for unusually shaped building in China

Volume 7, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1021-2000



Ease of transport and erection made structural aluminium the best choice for an industrial building requiring an 18 m clear height A South African consulting firm was recently awarded a contract to supply and erect a unique factory structure in China. The project forms part of expansion taking place in the Conghua Economic and Technical Development District near the city of Guangzhou (close to Hong Kong). The structure is unusual in three ways. Firstly, it consists almost entirely of aluminium. The prefabricated structure comprises close to 17 t of structural aluminium. The cladding consists of 0,7 mm aluminium sheeting, bring the total amount of aluminium in the structure to around 25 t. Secondly, it has an unusual shape, utilising three intersecting arches, with the highest section of arches reaching 18 m.

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