March 18, 2013 — MONTREAL, CANADA – The MAADI Group engineering firm, Montréal, Québec, has its extruded aluminum bridge structures featured in the new fourth edition of the Aluminum Extruders Council’s (AEC) Aluminum Extrusion Manual. MAADI Group’s strong, yet lightweight pedestrian bridges are constructed with maintenance-free aluminum extrusions for their truss structure framework, side kickplates, midrails, guardrails, and floor decking. MAADI’s aluminum pedestrian bridges are featured extrusion examples on the Manual’s cover, as well as in its Advantages, Applications, Designing, and Alloys sections.
The AEC Aluminum Extrusion Manual offers product designers and engineers from design, engineering and manufacturing disciplines an updated and comprehensive online guide to technical and practical aspects of designing innovative products with aluminum extrusions, including sections on advantages and applications, and technical information on process, finishing, dies, designing, alloys, and tolerances.
MAADI Group’s primary focus is designing structural products, mainly pedestrian and light vehicle bridges and marine structures, from extruded aluminum components using two joining technologies; their latest patented weld-free joining techniques or the conventional fusion welding. The engineering firm focuses on the structural and economic advantages of 3D designing with aluminum extrusions to create bridges and marine structures that are strong, durable and offer a maintenance-free lifespan.
“At MAADI Group, we continually bring to bear the latest design and build techniques for aluminum bridges,” said MAADI CEO Alexandre de la Chevrotière, “We are honored to be included in the new Aluminum Extrusion Manual. The AEC Manual is an internationally-recognized resource for all engineers and designers, so we are delighted to have our bridge and marine products featured as examples of best practices when it comes to structural design with aluminum extrusion.”
De la Chevrotière notes, “Our footbridges are prime examples of how to combine structural design innovation with aluminum alloy selection, joining methods and finishing techniques to create truly functional and sustainable infrastructure that is also cost-effective when compared to materials such as steel. MAADI Group has the highest standards for our engineering design work. To have our products included in the Aluminum Extrusion Manual is an acknowledgment that our work with aluminum meets the Council’s highest standards for the aluminum extrusion industry.”
“Aluminum is corrosion free, and therefore, pedestrian bridges made from extruded aluminum are maintenance free, removing the expense of galvanizing or painting steel due to rust. Aluminum has the unique advantage of being impervious to harsh climate conditions, including ice, snow, frigid temperatures, and salt and chemicals. After decades of use, the aluminum is fully recyclable with a very high scrap value, and retains its strength properties when reused,” he concludes, “These benefits, along with ease of transport and installation make our aluminum bridge and other structural applications extremely cost-effective over the long term.”
“MAADI Group thanks the Aluminum Extruders Council for efforts to promote designing with aluminum,” said de la Chevrotière, “The Council has created a comprehensive technical guide that models design excellence throughout its pages.”