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Aluminium Extrusion

Aluminium extrusion is a manufacturing technique whereby aluminium alloy is transformed into objects with a cross-sectional profile for a wide range of uses. More..

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Aluminium tread plate & its Uses

Aluminium tread plate is an extremely tough, easy to maintain patterned metal sheet which is ideal for a wide range of uses in residential, industrial and commercial situations. It is also known as 5 bar tread plate (A5B), aluminium five bar, floor plate, chequer plate and diamond plate. Even though the name of the material is aluminium tread plate, some types are made with other metals. More..

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Black Steel & Bright Drawn Steel

Black steel is produced by rolling the steel at a high temperature (typically over 1700° F), as it needs to be hotter than steel’s recrystallization temperature. When it is above the recrystallization temperature it can be formed and shaped more easily. It can also be made in much larger sizes. Black steel tends to be cheaper than bright drawn steel due to the fact that it can be manufactured without any delays in the process. However, when the steel cools down it shrinks slightly, which results in less control on the shape and size of the finished product compared to bright drawn steel. It can have a scaly, rough surface and is not precise in its dimensions, flatness or straightness. More..

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Can aluminium rust?

Can aluminium rust? In short, no. Rust is the process whereby ferric metals (iron and steel) oxidize, or come into contact with water and oxygen. As aluminium is not a ferric metal, it won't rust but corrodes. Rust refers only to iron and steel corrosion. More..

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How is Aluminium made?

About aluminium Aluminium is a soft, non-magnetic metal, which was discovered in 1827. It is strong, lightweight and can be recycled indefinitely. Aluminium is the third most abundant element and the most abundant metal, in the Earth's crust. Its chemical symbol is Al and its atomic number is 13. More..

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How to remove anodising from aluminium

Whilst aluminium is often anodised in order to make the metal stronger and more durable, it can have a negative effect on its texture and appearance. Some people simply prefer the look of the metal in its original mill finish state, or you want to re-anodise the aluminium in a different colour. More..

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What is 1050 aluminium?

Aluminium alloy 1050 is a popular grade of aluminium for general sheet metal work. It is known for its excellent corrosion resistance. It is high ductile and highly reflective with a bright finish. More..

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What is 5005 aluminium?

Basic properties 5005 is an aluminium alloy with good resistance to atmospheric corrosion. It is commonly used in architectural and decorative applications. It also has the low density and excellent thermal conductivity common to all aluminium alloys and is the most commonly used grade of aluminium in plate and sheet form. Applications 5005 aluminium sheet is often preferred when the material will be anodised and used in an architectural application like sills, flashings, sills and curtain walls. Architects often specify 5005 grade for anodised aluminium architectural metal work. If the application does not require good aesthetics, 5052 or 6061 alloys are acceptable substitutes for 5005 aluminium. More..

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What is 5754 aluminium?

5754 aluminium is an alloy in the wrought aluminium-magnesium family (5000 or 5xxx series) and is closely related to the alloys 5154 and 5454. As a wrought alloy, it can be formed by extrusion, rolling and forging but not by casting. Basic properties Aluminium 5754 has excellent corrosion resistance especially to seawater and industrially polluted atmospheres. It possesses a higher strength than 5251 which makes it highly suited to flooring applications and is the grade used for tread plates. It has excellent weldability although its brazability is poor. Its anodising quality gives excellent anodising properties. Applications 5754 is typically used for tread plates, shipbuilding, vehicle bodies, fishing industry equipment, food processing, nuclear structures, pressure vessels, piping and tubing (for hydraulic application), boiler making and road poles. More..

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What is 6063 aluminium?

6063 is an aluminium alloy which contains magnesium and silicon as the alloying elements. It is a medium strength alloy commonly referred to as an architectural alloy. It is normally used in intricate extrusions and is the alloy of choice for aesthetic applications. More..

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What is 6082 aluminium?

What is 6082 aluminium? 6082 aluminium, known as a structural alloy, is in the wrought aluminium-magnesium-silicon family (6000 or 6xxx series). The addition of a large amount of manganese controls the grain structure which in turn results in a stronger alloy; it has the highest strength of the 6000 series alloys. Basic properties In plate form, 6082 is the most commonly used alloy for machining. It is a relatively new alloy and has replaced 6061 in many applications. Although it can be difficult to produce thin walled, complicated extrusion shapes in alloy 6082 and its extruded surface finish is not as smooth as others in the 6000 series, it has excellent corrosion resistance. Applications 6082 is typically used in highly stressed applications, such as bridges, cranes and trusses. It is also used for foils, radiator tubes, printing plates, boiler making, kitchenware, chemical and food industry equipment containers, automotive trim, light reflectors, beer barrels and milk churns. More..

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Why recycle aluminium?

Producing aluminium from raw materials is an expensive and complex process. However, it has the ability to be melted down and reformed without losing any of its quality; its atomic structure is not altered during melting. In fact, aluminium can be recycled over and over again with 100 percent efficiency and only 5 percent of the energy used to make new aluminium is needed. In theory, there could be a time when we have mined all we need and can just keep re-using the aluminium we already have. Aluminium scrap has a high market value as the energy needed for primary production is stored in the metal itself and consequently, in the scrap too. More..

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Benefits of Anodised Aluminium

The process of aluminium anodising adds a layer of oxidation to aluminium extrusion products. The anodising process actually enhances the properties of aluminium, unlike iron or carbon steel where oxidation creates a layer of rust or corrosion. More..