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a manual for steel detailers, engineers & fabricators, containing working


drawings & details for hot-dip galvanized structures
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Ta Hot-Dip Galvanized Structures Drawing # Title
1 Framed Beam connections
2 Combination Section - Flange & Channel
3 Combination Section - Two channels
4 Combination Section - Wide Flange & Channel
5 Combination Section - Channel & angle
6 Combination Section - Channel & Angle
7 Gusseted Connection - Welded
8 Gusseted Connection - bolted
9 Double Angles
10 moment splice at ridge (Field Bolted)
11 Simple Column base (base plate shop welded)
12 Simple Column base (base plate field welded)
13 moment resisting column base (base plate field welded)
14 moment resisting column base (base plate shop welded)
15 Web Stiffener
16 column splices - bolted
17 butt plate coumn splice - bolted
18 butt plate coumn splice - welded
19 Bracket plate
20 box truss

© 2012 American Galvanizers Association. The material provided herein has been developed to provide accurate and authoritative information about after-fabrication
hot-dip galvanized steel. This material provides general information only and is not intended as a substitute for competent professional examination and verification
as to suitability and applicability. The information provided herein is not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of the AGA. Anyone making use of this
information assumes all liability arising from such use.
7. Pin holes may exist in seal welds around overlaps in
1. The contents of this publication are the result of a widespread Class I details. Liquids from galvanizer’s cleaning baths
survey conducted among AGA members. Some galvanizers may prefer may pass through the pin hole and enter the overlap area,
different details, based upon their own experiences, to achieve where it will remain as it is immersed in the molten zinc.
desired results in the galvanized product. Possibility of explosion exists as the trapped liquid vaporizes and
expands at a temperature of approximately 850 F. Danger of explosion
2. Certain details call for welding after galvanizing. More information is more acute for larger overlapped areas. It is recommended the
concerning welding and subsequent touch-up of galvanized steel fabricator provide a vent in one of the overlapping plates according
is available in the American Galvanizers Association’s (AGA) Welding to the following guidelines. Location of the vents need not be exact,
& Hot-Dip Galvanizing publication. If possible, steelwork should be provided they are in the same general location as shown on the
designed to be bolted rather than welded after galvanizing. drawing. Arrangements may be made for installation of vent holes by
the galvanizer.
3. Welding symbols are those defined in AWS A2.4-2012 Welding &
hot-dip galvaning publication. Shop welding symbols are usually
2
accompanied by a notation “intermittent” or by “Cont.” meaning Overlapped Area (IN ) Venting Requirements
continuous. in the absence of any other notation, it is assumed the
< 16 None
weld will be continuous (AWS A3.0-2010 includes standard welding
terms and definitions.) > 16 and < 64 One 3/8” Dia. hole, or
when steel is < 1/2” thick leave 1” of weld undone
adjacent to same location
4. Class I
Details are those consisting of parts joined together by a full >16 and < 64 None
seal weld, or parts which are bolted together after galvanizing. when steel is > 1/2” thick
This class represents the highest degree of corrosion protection > 64 and < 400 One 1/2” diameter hole, or
attainable, but does require more fabrication cost. leave 2” of weld undone
adjacent to same location
5. Class II Each increment of 400 One 3/4” diamenter hole, or
Details are those consisting of overlapping parts joined together by leave 4” of weld undone
seal welding and which have an overlap area large enough to need adjacent to same location
venting in accordance with the appropriate guidelines of Note 7. A very
8. Emissions from the unsealed overlaps of class II and Class III details
high degree of corrosion protection is available with these details,
may cause a stain on the surface of the coating. This applies whether
although not quite equal to Class I. More work is required than is
the coating is paint or galvanizing. The stain is usually superficial
customary for normal fabrication standards. It should be noted
and will disappear in time as the galvanizing weathers.
Class II can be upgraded to Class I by plugging vents after galvanizing.
9. moisture steaming from unsealed overlaps in class II and Class III
6. C
 lass III joints may result in slight bare spots along the line of the exhaust.
Details do not include seal welding and may require only slightly If touch-up of these is required it may be accomplished by any of the
more fabrication effort than normally employed on a non-galvanized materials described in ASTM A780 Standard practice for repair of
structure. Class III details enable the galvanizing to provide a hot-dip galvanized coatings.
degree of corrosion protection that meets or exceeds the protection
provided by most industrial coatings to identical details. 10. After galvanizing, finished ends of column sections shall be
ground smooth to remove projections.
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Framed
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Beam c
onnect
ion
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1
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straightening after galvanizing. To minimize warpage,
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refer to the recommendations of the AGA and ASTM A384. Combin

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Flange n Section
& Chan
nel
Drawin
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2
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straightening after galvanizing. To minimize warpage,
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Combin
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ation refer to the recommendations of the AGA and ASTM A384.


two ch Section
annels
Drawin
g
3
ass
o c i a tio n
Caution: This section is subject to warpage and may require
straightening after galvanizing. To minimize warpage,
refer to the recommendations of the AGA and ASTM A384.

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Combin

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Wide Fl tion Section
ange &
Channe
Drawing
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4
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o c i a tio n
Caution: This section is subject to warpage and may require
straightening after galvanizing. To minimize warpage,
refer to the recommendations of the AGA and ASTM A384.

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Combin
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atio
Channe n Section
l & Ang
le
Drawin
g
5
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o c i a tio n
Caution: This section is subject to warpage and may require
straightening after galvanizing. To minimize warpage,
refer to the recommendations of the AGA and ASTM A384.

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Combin

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Channe n Section
l & Ang
Dr
le
awing
6
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Gusset
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welded ction
Drawin
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7
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gusset

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ed con
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bolted ction
Drawin
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8
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Double
Angles
Drawin
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9
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momen

s
t splic
(field b e at ridge
olted)
Drawin
g
10
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o c i a tio n
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Simple
s

(base PL Column bas


ate sho e
p weld
D
ed)
rawing
11
ass
o c i a tio n
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Simple

s
(base PL Column bas
ate fiel e
d weld
Dra ed )
wing
12
ass
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momen
s

t res
(base PL isting Colum
ate fiel nb
d weld ase
ed)
Drawin
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13
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momen
t res

s
(base p isting colum
late sh n
op wel base
ded)
Drawin
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14
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Note for both Classes: Bevel weld may be used instead of fillet weld, at designers option.

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Web St
iffener
Drawin
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15
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Colum

s
n splic
es - Bo
lted
Drawin
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16
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Butt pl
s

ate col
umn sp
bolted lice
Drawin
g
18
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butt pl

s
ate col
umn sp
welded lice
Drawin
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19
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bracke
t plate
Drawin
g
17
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s
box tr
uss
Drawin
g
20
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o c i a tio n
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