Aluminium

Aluminium is the most common metallic element found in the earthís crust. It is easily formed & machined, it is a superb conductor of electricity, & it can be used in many decorative applications by making use of its high reflectivity.

As a metal it is non toxic, non magnetic and non sparking. Aluminium also has a density of approximately 1/3rd the weight of steel, making it a very light material. Because of this fact, it is widely used in the aerospace industry and other areas where the weight factor is a key design consideration.

Aluminium and the majority of its alloys are highly resistant to most forms of corrosion, and if left untreated the metals natural coating of aluminium oxide provides very effective protection.

Aluminiumís natural colour is silver/white, but it can be dyed to virtually any colour by anodizing, which also gives it an additional protective film.

The strength of the aluminium depends upon the purity. 99.996% pure aluminium has a low tensile strength, but by alloying it with other elements, & given suitable heat treatment the tensile strength can reach figures of around 700MPa.

TYPICAL APPLICATIONS & INDUSTRIES
Aerospace
Electronics
Lorry bodies
Architectural
Door furniture
Drink cans
Automotive
Electrical & General engineering

Non Ferrous stockholders and suppliers of special steels and alloys.

Specification

1050A

99.5%

1200

99.0%

2011

AlCu6BiFb

3003

AlMn1

3103

AlMn1

5083

AlMg4.5Mn

5251

AlMg2

6063

AlMg0.5Si

6082

AlSi1MgMn