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         multiple  industries  worldwide,  includ-  SMDI Updates Guide         consumables  for  submerged  arc  weld-
         ing oil and gas, medical, aerospace, au-  Specification for Highway   ing (SAW), shielded metal arc welding
         tomotive,  and  marine.  CWI  UK’s  wire   Bridge Fabrication With HPS  (SMAW), flux cored arc welding (FCAW),
         drawing and wire rolling operations   The Steel Market Development Insti-  and gas metal arc welding (GMAW) pro-
         manufacture round and profile forms in   tute (SMDI), a business unit of the Amer-  cesses. It is based on continuing research
         more than 50 different alloys.     ican Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), has   with HPS fabrication and welding prac-
           CWI UK will receive the award with   published an updated version of Guide   tices conducted under a cooperative
         trophy during a royal reception for   Specification  for  Highway  Bridge  Fab-  agreement sponsored by the Federal
         Queen’s  Award winners  at Bucking-  rication With HPS 100W (HPS 690W)   Highway Administration,  the  U.S.
         ham Palace this summer.            Steel for Non-Fracture Critical Applica-  Navy, and SMDI.  Led by Lon Yost, Con-
           For more information, visit www.cen-  tions, which is available for free down-  sultant (retired from Lincoln Electric),
         tralwire.com.                      load on their website at www.smdisteel.  the research was overseen  by SMDI’s
                                            org. The document provides bridge own-  Welding  Advisory  Group,  a  council  of
                                            ers, designers and fabricators with the   technical experts representing steel pro-
                                            latest recommended methodology to fab-  ducers, fabricators, welding manufactur-
                                            ricate and weld structures using ASTM   ers, academia, government officials and
                                            A709  or  AASHTO  M270,  Grade  HPS   related organizations that provide speci-
                                            100W (HPS 690W) steel.             fication and code development, research,
                                              High Performance Steel (HPS) was   review of new technologies, and market
                                            developed primarily for the bridge gird-  development related to the welding of
                                            er  fabrication  industry.  It is  designed   steel products. The guide is highly rec-
                                            to have improved mechanical proper-  ommended for bridge professionals who
                                            ties  in  the  heat-affected zone  (HAZ),   currently work with steel or are interest-
                                            improving the  HAZ  toughness  and   ed in learning more about HPS bridges.
                                            providing superior resistance to crack-  High Performance Steel made a rapid
                                            ing. The guide recommends procedures   entry into the bridge industry. The first
                                            for fabricators to achieve high-quality   HPS 70W bridge was placed in service
                                            welds using HPS 100W steel.        in December 1997, only three years af-
                                              Guide  Specification  for  Highway   ter the onset of the cooperative research
                                            Bridge Fabrication With HPS 100W   effort. Today, it is estimated there are
                                            (HPS 690W) Steel for Non-Fracture   more than 500 HPS bridges in service in
         A CWI UK worker                    Critical Applications includes certain   almost every state in the U.S. n

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