Introduction to the AISI Catalog
What is AISI ?
AISI is the American Iron and Steel Institute. One of their main goals as an organization is to impose standards on the usage of steel and iron sections in the engineering industry. To accomplish this, they created the AISI catalog, a set of guidelines for the dimensions of different shape sections approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). These dimensions are chosen with the goal of manufacturing steel safely and easily using environmentally friendly methods.
AISI and SkyCiv
At SkyCiv, we integrated our existing section builder with the AISI Manual Cold-Formed Steel Design to help our users who utilize the AISI steel and property catalogs. To access this feature, just head on over to our section builder and select a database. This is a new addition to our existing catalogs for Australia, Canada, and Europe, as well as the AISC American catalog.
The AISI Steel catalog serves as a foundational set of guidelines for companies that do not wish to completely redesign shape sections. The catalog also gives companies some basic choices of the type of dimensions used for the sections. As of today, a large number of companies already adhere to the AISI standards for steel. SkyCiv has made it even easier for these users to access and use this information, helping them make better decisions when dealing with AISI Steel and its properties. Many steel manufacturers have the equipment to mass produce AISI standard steel sections, as they are relatively easy to manufacture. Thus, companies who follow the AISI standards benefit, as the steel sections have better availability when compared to other custom steel sections.
With the AISI Steel and property catalog integrated into the sectional builder, our users have the ability to look up the desired shape in the catalog and find its sectional properties. As of 2017, we are one of very few companies to digitize this catalog. In addition to integrating these catalogs into our software, we also created five new templates to accompany the database, including hat sections, lipped channels, lipped angles, Z-sections, and lipped Z-sections.