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The Galvanizing Check Tool (new!) works in conjuction with the Galvanizing Options setup window.

The tool was developed in

coordination with the American Galvanizing Association, and its icon is the American Galvanizing Association logo. This icon may be found
in the "Command group" called 'Model - Parametric' in Toolbar Configuration.
<= Galvanizing Check Tool
When you run the Galvanizing Check Tool, one or more members can be selected. You need to select members that are set to "
Galvanized." The checks will not run on non-galvanized members, miscellaneous members or stairs. The following checks can
be run on galvanized members:
Check for kettle tank fit. This check compares the size of each selected galvanized member with the kettle "Length" "Width"
and "Depth." If " Allow progressive dipping" is on (checked) is setup, the Galvanizing Check Tool uses the "Maximum length"

instead of the actual kettle "Length."

Check for conflicking material thickness. If materials being galvanized differ significantly in their thicknesses, they expand
at different rates when subjected to galvanizing temperatures, and this can potentially result in breakage of welds. This check
looks at plate thicknesses, web and flange thicknesses on wide flanges and tees, leg thicknesses on angles, and wall thicknesses of
tubes (HSS rectangular). If the thicknesses any of these materials, on the same galvanized member, are more than 3/2 times
greater than another material's thickness on that member, you get the message, "Member xxx contains material that if welded
together may cause warping." The materials that caused this warning message may or may not be welded together -- you need to
check that for yourself. The American Galvanizing Association's Design Guide, which you can download from this window,
discusses these issues on page 9.
Check for proper vents and drains. This checks base plates on columns to see if at least one "Hole type" is a 'Vent/Drain.' If
the base plate does not have a vent/drain hole, you get the message, "Member xxx has a base plate with no holes." Users need to
manually add vent/drain holes in SDS/2 -- the program does not add them for you.
Check for proper use of galvanized fasteners. This check reports if "Member xxx" -- a selected galvanized member -- "is
connected connected to non-galvanized members." If bolts associated with the selected member have a "Finish" other than 'Hot
dipped galvanized" or "Mechanically galvanized," the check reports, "Member xxx has non-galvanized fasteners." The American
Galvanizing Association's Design Guide discusses fastener issues on page 19.
Check against kettle crane capacity. This check estimates the total weight of each selected galvanized member and crosschecks each member's total against the "Crane capacity" entered in setup. You are notified if each selected galvanized member
passes or fails the check and are also told the estimated total weight of the member as well as the setup value being checked
against. The reported weight is an underestimate of a galvanized member's true weight since the calculation adds up the weights
of component materials, but not the weights of bolts.
Check for proper use of seal/stagger welds. Overlapping surfaces should be seal welded before they are galvanized. This
check looks at each weld to determine whether or not it is set to "Weld-all-around." If a weld is not set to "Weld-all-around," the
program reports, "Weld check failed on member xxx, material xxx is not seal welded." The American Galvanizing Association's
Design Guide discusses seal welding on page 19.
Check for ungalvanized material. If a user adds material to a member that is set to be " Galvanized," that material should
also be set to have a galvanized finish. This checks the materials of each selected galvanized member to see if their "Surface
finish" is set to 'Galvanized.' For each selected galvanized member on which at least one material is not galvanized, the program
reports, "Member xxx has non-galvanized material."
Parametrics: The Galvanizing Check Tool is written in Python code. The script can be found in the plugins/DesignData folder (
) for your current version of SDS/2.
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