American industry has never fully realized the possible economies that can be achieved by using the light alloys, particularly the aluminum alloys, as structural metal. There were many reasons for this, most of which are no longer valid. The end of the war will find fabricating capacity that can deliver metal in quantity, sizes, and high-strength alloys to meet the most ambitious program to use the metal in all types of transportation, architectural, structural, or other fields that can be foreseen. It is the purpose of the authors to make clear the many procedures that have become established for making joints in these alloys. The discussion will include the common practices of riveting, welding, brazing, soldering, and a promising new possibility, resin-bonding. These methods will be considered as specifically as space permits to provide a comprehensive picture of the subject. Additional and more detailed information and training will be required to put the methods into practice, and further inquiry on any of the methods will be welcomed.

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