A unique combination of properties makes aluminum one of the most versatile engineering and construction materials available. It is light in mass, yet some of its alloys have strengths greater than those of structural steel. It has high resistance to corrosion under most applications. In addition, aluminum has good electrical and thermal conductivities, and high reflectivity to both heat and light.
Aluminum can be easily formed and machined, and readily accepts a wide variety of surface finishes, although in most applications it needs no protective coating. Almost any method of joining can be used on aluminum – riveting, welding, brazing or soldering. Because it is so easy to work with, it can present an affordable alternative to many cheaper but less workable materials. Aluminum is available as sheet, strip, plate, bars, rounds, pipe and tubes.
Due to the diversity of its properties, aluminum is used in almost every industry for a wide range of products.
A SAMPLE OF THESE ALUMINUM PRODUCTS INCLUDE:
- Frames and body components for vehicles, aircraft, ships, railcars and construction equipment
- Windows, doors, siding and decorative architectural parts
- Housings, enclosures and cabinets for electronics, electrical equipment and panels. Housings for equipment used outdoors are often manufactured using aluminum
- Storage and pressure vessel tanks
- Stampings and castings for engine and motor components, heat exchanger and other high wear, high heat applications
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