Aluminum is one of the most popular and commonly used metals right next to stainless steel. This is mainly due to its lightweight, high oxidation and corrosion resistance, and great thermal conductivity. We offer telescopic aluminum tubing as well as wholesale aluminum tubing to suit our client’s needs. Our series 6 aluminum tubing is a popular selection, alike our series 7 aluminum tubing choices. Both have shown to be very beneficial, and we take pride in being a highly rated aluminum tubing supplier.
Additionally, our most widely used alloy is the aluminum 6061. The 6000 series includes magnesium and silicone while the 7000 series is mixed with zinc alloys. The 6061 alloy is the most common one in the 6000 series due to its versatility. It is used in several industries including aircraft, automotive, recreation products, consumer goods, pipes, tubes, and so much more. The 7000 series holds very high strength and is also used in aircraft, aerospace, and competitive sporting equipment.
The Pros and Cons of Aluminum
There is so much to love about aluminum tubing, however, just like anything else, there are disadvantages. We must consider conductivity, weight, strength, durability, and workability when deciding on the material that will be most effective for our desired purpose.
Let’s begin with the benefits of aluminum. This material is a very strong conductor of electricity and often a viable option for consumers. While it is not as strong as steel, it is about three times lighter. It has corrosion resistance, meaning it has resistant qualities that protect the metal from air, water, or chemical corrosion. A top surface coat of aluminum oxide protects the tubing, keeping the coating clear, colorless, and non-staining.
One disadvantage of aluminum is that it can become very soft above 400 degrees. In terms of workability, aluminum can be difficult to weld. Due to its soft nature, it is easier to cut and form than other types of metals. Other than how it is difficult to weld and has an abrasive nature to tooling, this is an excellent material for almost any component.
What Is Aluminum Typically Used For?
This metal is often used for aircraft and automotive purposes, flashlights, jigs, consumer goods, or tubing. As mentioned above, because of its versatility, it can be used for just about anything that you make out of metal. An extremely popular selection, at Upsilon Tech we make aluminum tubes in the following alloys:
- 7 Series
Each aluminum alloy can be manufactured according to the following specifications:
Diameter Range: 0.28″ – 2.06″ (7.00mm – 52.2mm)
Thickness Range: 0.02″ – 0.04″ (0.500mm – 1.00mm )
Maximum Length: 11.5′ (350cm)
Tolerance: +/- 0.0004″ (0.01mm)
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All in all, aluminum is a great conductor of electricity. It is lightweight, colorable, strong and corrosion resistant. With more advantages than downfalls, it is a highly requested material from our clients. We encourage you to contact us to learn more about our products or services by filling out the form below. We are confident that you’ll find what you’re looking for within our extensive range of commercial products.
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