WASHINGTON, D.C., January 13, 2015 – The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) has joined the Cold-Formed Steel Research Consortium (CFSRC) as a founding member, it was announced today. The CFSRC is a group of principal investigators from several universities who are sharing their experimental and computational facilities to undertake specific projects that span all aspects of cold-formed steel structural research. AISI joins Geometrica in its founding member capacity.
The consortium comprises the world’s leading researchers in cold-formed steel structural design from The Johns Hopkins University, Virginia Tech, McGill University, University of North Texas, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Northeastern University, and the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. The industry and academic members of the consortium will work together to identify long-term research needs that advance cold-formed steel design technologies and practices in building construction, and develop a roadmap to prioritize research projects and undertake the work. When the research projects are completed, the consortium will deliver the findings and results to engineers, architects, and other building construction professionals via technology transfer sessions such as webinars, industry events and seminars.
“Over the years, we have worked with this dedicated team of researchers on several projects that have advanced our knowledge of cold-formed steel properties and applications to deliver safer, more durable structures,” said Robert Wills, Vice President of Construction, Steel Market Development Institute (a business unit of AISI). “The Cold-Formed Steel Research Consortium gives us an unprecedented opportunity to bring this significant talent pool and the resources of their research laboratories together in a combined effort. We expect that this effort will streamline the research process and deliver new technologies and design practices to the marketplace in a more time-efficient and cost-effective manner.”
More information on the Cold-Formed Steel Research Consortium is available.
AISI’s codes and standards work is conducted under the Construction Market Council of the Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI), a business unit of AISI, which oversees the industry’s investment in advancing the competitive use of steel by meeting the demands of the marketplace. For more information on SMDI’s Construction Market program, visit www.smdisteel.org.
AISI serves as the voice of the North American steel industry in the public policy arena and advances the case for steel in the marketplace as the preferred material of choice. AISI also plays a lead role in the development and application of new steels and steelmaking technology. AISI is comprised of 19 member companies, including integrated and electric furnace steelmakers, and approximately 125 associate members who are suppliers to or customers of the steel industry.
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