ASTM A36 is Recommended for
General construction, industrial and commercial buildings, cabinets, and enclosures.
ASTM A36 steel is a common grade of low carbon steel with good strength and good formability. It is easy to machine, form, drill, machine, punch, and shear.
ASTM A36 steel plate has many uses including ships, buildings, and bridges.
It is used in riveted, bolted, and welded construction of bridges and buildings, including prefabricated buildings, warehouses, and commercial structures
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ASTM A36 Specifications
A36 is the standard specification for structural steel. Very high volume grade. Wide chemistry range, but requires a 36 ksi minimum yield strength.
- Strength, Yield Strength ksi (MPa), Tensile Strength ksi (MPa): Strong, 70 (480)
For higher strength and lower weight, consider High-strength, Low-alloy
- Formability: % Elongation: Basic, 20
For better formability consider Drawing Steel
- Joining – Very Good: 10/10
The cheapest and easiest methods can be used: shielded metal arc welding (SMAW, or stick welding), gas metal arc welding (GMAW, or MIG welding), and oxyacetylene welding. A36 steel is also commonly bolted and riveted for buildings and other structures.
- Corrosion Resistance – Good
A36 can be galvanized to slow rusting. For longer life in harsh chemical conditions, consider Galvanized or Coated Steel
- Chemistry – A ‘plain’ steel without expensive alloying elements.
- Cost – Relatively low.
Good when thinner, stronger, or more formable steels will not add value.
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