Precision Structural Engineering

Project Types: Aluminum

Aluminum Modular Homes, Aluminum Buildings, Aluminum Structures

Examples of some of our aluminum projects

Aluminum Construction

Aluminum Buildings

Modular Home Design: PSE and Aluminum Building Advantages.

PSE provides modular home design and engineering services. Learn more about going green with aluminum building options.

Aluminum Building and Modular Homes

Aluminum Building and Modular Homes

Precision Structural Engineering, PSE, is the industry leader in the design and engineering of structurally sound, environmentally friendly building practices. We believe that "going green" is fast becoming not simply an option that is cost-effective and efficient, but also a practice that may be the gold standard in innovative construction. To that end, we provide modular home design and aluminum building options.

Modular Homes

Modular Homes

Efficient for both the environment, as well as for human resources and budgetary concerns, modular homes are built in a fraction of the time it takes for construction on-site as site work and construction run in tandem with no interruption from climate-related delays. Costly delays and waste are virtually eliminated from this process.

Aluminum Building Design

Aluminum Building Design

The advantages of aluminum building/home design are many. This type of building includes materials and processes that are environmentally sound and is another method by which PSE can produce engineering services that are both efficient and cost effective for the client.

Advantages of aluminum homes

Advantages of aluminum homes/buildings include:

  • Aluminum is a lightweight material, so aluminum homes/buildings/ structures are easily transportable.
  • Lending itself to a limitless number of structure types, aluminum can be used for any purpose.
  • A unique combination of properties makes aluminum one of our most versatile engineering and construction materials.
  • Aluminum is light in mass, yet some of its alloys have strength greater than that of structural steel.
  • Its corrosion resistance means that the structure is naturally sound and viable in the long-term.  When aluminum surfaces are exposed to the atmosphere, a thin invisible oxide skin forms immediately, this protects the metal from further oxidation.
  • Aluminum is often used without any finish coating or painting. The cost of the initial painting alone may result in steel being more expensive than aluminum.
  • Aluminum is the most abundant metal in the earth’s crust.
  • As a reusable resource, aluminum building often utilizes recycled metal and can be reused when the structure is no longer needed.
  • Lightness is one of aluminum’s most useful characteristics. The specific gravity is about 2.7. The mass and weight, of aluminum is roughly 35 percent that of iron, and 30 percent of that of copper.

Modular homes by their very nature incorporate recycled materials, and the process of building and assembly is inherently eco-friendly, using less energy and resources than on-site construction. The use of aluminum for modular structures furthers this initiative.

PSE’s modular home design options are created to meet all state and local building requirements. Assembly on-site is also inspected by the local regulating bodies.


When to Choose Aluminum?

When to Choose Aluminum


One myth is that aluminum is not sufficiently strong to serve as a structural metal. The fact is the most common aluminum structural alloy of aluminum is 6061-T6 has a minimum yield strength of 35 ksi, which is almost equal to that of A36 steel. This strength couples with the light weight (about one third of that of steel) makes aluminum particularly advantageous for structural applications.


Other Uses of Aluminum:

Other Uses of Aluminum

Aluminum may be successfully used for an aluminum curtain wall for high rise buildings, aluminum water storage tanks, aluminum dome roofs, aluminum walkway and handrail at municipal wastewater treatment plant, aluminum structures supporting highway signs, aluminum culverts, aluminum scaffolding, aluminum portable buildings, aluminum prefab buildings, aluminum railroad cars, trucks and aircraft.


Aluminum Alloys:

Aluminum Alloys

The most common aluminum alloy is 6061-T6.


Aluminum Design:

Aluminum Design

Aluminum design is more complicated than design of structural Red Iron Steel. This is because it was first developed for the design of aircraft. However, aluminum design is not as complicated as Light Gauge Steel design. Refer to the Aluminum Design Manual by the Aluminum Association.


Aluminum Standard and Data:

Aluminum Standard and Data

The Aluminum Standard and Data contains useful information and data pertaining to chemical composition limits, mechanical and physical properties, tolerance and other characteristics of various aluminum alloy wrought products.


Designing for aluminum Extrusions:

Designing for aluminum Extrusions

Aluminum alloy extrusion offers designers a freedom from standard shape restrictions that are unrivaled among structural materials. With aluminum extrusion, you don’t have to compromise your design to accommodate standard shapes. Aluminum extrusions can be designed by joining by a wide variety of methods such as riveting, bolting, welding, brazing, soldering and adhesive bonding. For more information about aluminum extrusion, refer to the Aluminum Extrusion Manual by The Aluminum Association.

To learn more about this option, contact PSE’s team of structural engineers who will be happy to further explain all of the benefits and features of aluminum home and building practices. Tel 541-850-6300.



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References and technical organizations:

  1. Aluminum Structures by Robert L. Ferry.
  2. Aluminum Association (AA).
  3. Aluminum association of Florida (AAF).
  4. Aluminum Extruders’ Council (AEC).
  5. National Association of Aluminum Distributors (NAAD).

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