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As the non-profit trade association for the batch hot-dip galvanizing industry, the American Galvanizers Association produces and maintains a wide variety of detailed technical publications about hot-dip galvanizing. With over 65 years of experience, expertise in chemical, environmental, and corrosion engineering, and access to a vast technical library, the AGA has knowledge and publications on most topics, trends, and technical issues surrounding hot-dip galvanizing today. The association has over 40 publications available to download free of charge on this site. All the publications are regularly reviewed and updated to keep the information fresh and at the forefront of galvanizing technology.

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Design of Products to be Hot-Dip Galvanized After Fabrication

The galvanizing process has existed for more than 250 years and has been a mainstay of North American industry since the 1890s. Galvanizing is used throughout various markets to provide steel with unmatched protection from the ravages of corrosion....

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Hot-Dip Galvanizing for Corrosion Protection: A Specifier's Guide

Corrosion and repair of corrosion damage are multi-billion dollar problems - the latest estimates show metallic corrosion costs the United States approximately $423 billion annually ($52 billion in Canada), or about 3% of each nations GDP. However,...

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Inspection of Hot-Dip Galvanized Steel Products

Hot-dip galvanizing is one of the most economical, maintenance-free corrosion protection systems available. Like any other manufacturing process, hot-dip galvanized steel requires an inspection of the finished product to ensure compliance with...

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Performance of Hot-Dip Galvanized Steel Products

Corrosion and repair of corrosion damage are multi-billion dollar problems. Estimates show metallic corrosion costs the United States approximately $297 billion annually, or about 3% of the national GDP. Although corrosion is a natural phenomenon,...

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Hot-Dip Galvanized Coating Appearance

HDG steel may have a variety of different initial appearances, including bright and shiny, dull, spangled, mottled, or matte gray. This difference in initial appearance can occur between individual pieces and even between sections of the same piece....

Hot-Dip Galvanizing for Sustainable Design

The Industrial Revolution dominated the 18th and 19th centuries, and many would argue, the 20th century brought about the technology revolution. Considering all of the world's advancements in the last 300 years, one must wonder what progress the...

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Duplex Systems: Painting Over Hot-Dip Galvanized Steel

Though many specifiers are familiar with one type of corrosion protection or another, few realize the intrinsic value of utilizing two corrosion protection systems together, known as a duplex system. A duplex system is formed by painting or powder...

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Hot-Dip Galvanized Architecturally Exposed Structural Steel Guide

Although not originally intended as an aesthetic finish, many architects turn to batch hot-dip galvanized Architecturally Exposed Structural Steel (AESS) to create artistic, durable, and sustainable showcase elements with a modern, industrial...

Recommended Details for Galvanizing Structures

An engineers and fabricators manual containing working drawings and details advantages for hot-dip galvanized structures, consistent with American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) suggested details. Items outlined include framed beams...

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Time to First Maintenance for Hot-Dip Galvanized Coatings

The Time to First Maintenance (TFM) Chart was developed from real world data and a corrosion prediction model, the Zinc Coating Life Predictor (ZCLP). The corrosion rate data was collected from galvanized steel samples exposed to the five defined...