An Introduction to Ornamental Metals
1 AIA HSW Learning Unit
Speaker: Douglas Bracken, Wiemann Metalcraft
This course will provide an overview of different types of metal alloys used for ornament, fencing, lighting and more. The session is organized to support architects’ efforts to integrate the use of metal ornament into projects for new construction, historic preservation, residential, commercial, and institutional work. You will learn about production methods and finishes for the metal alloys. Click here to register.
- List the basic mechanical properties of and differences between the most commonly used metal alloys including wrought iron, cast iron, steel, aluminum, brass, and bronze.
- Compare and contrast casting and forging in the production of decorative metal products.
- Describe the most common finishes applied to decorative metals.
- Consider how changes in the manufacture of ornamental metal components and fencing have given architects more options for their use in projects today
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