When should I (as an engineer/architect) consider specifying steel castings?

We often suggest that castings may be appropriate in any of the following circumstances, with the suitability of castings increased where more than one of these conditions applies:

  • Complex connections (i.e., with incoming members at different angles, or at sharp angles where weld access is a problem)
  • Connections subjected to very high loading, where large welds are required but would be difficult to apply and inspect, or where connections require significant stiffening
  • Architecturally exposed joints, particularly for HSS connections
  • Fatigue-critical connections
  • Repetitive details

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