Aluminium

As a relatively new material, having only been commercially available since 1886, aluminium has undergone rapid development evolving from a decorative material with very limited properties, to a fully fledged engineering material.

Today, aluminium is used widely across a variety of markets and applications. Recent technological advancements, such as aluminium cutting/profiling and pre-machining of plate and bar, help deliver more efficient and cost-effective solutions for customers.

With one of the largest stock ranges of aluminium, Righton Blackburns offers a full range of sheet, plate, tube, bar, angle, box section, extrusion, and composites. We also stock a range of premium quality standard and bespoke aluminium profiles in a range of alloy specifications.

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General Information for Aluminium

Wrought Alloy Types

Aluminium is available in a wide range of alloys, as well as multiple production processes and heat treatments.

These can be divided into two main categories of wrought alloy as listed below:

Heat Treatable or Precipitation Hardening Alloys

Heat treatable aluminium alloys consist of pure aluminium that is heated to a certain point. The alloy elements are then homogeneously added as the aluminium takes on a solid form. This heated aluminium is then quenched as the cooling atoms of the alloy elements are frozen into place.

Work Hardening Alloys

In heat-treatable alloys, ‘strain hardening’ not only enhances the strengths achieved by precipitation but also increases the reaction to precipitation hardening. Work hardening is used liberally to produce strain-hardened tempers of the non-heat-treatable alloys.

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Aluminium Weight Calculator

All weights shown using this metal weight calculator are for guidance only. They are calculated using nominal dimensions and scientifically recognised densities. Please note that in practice, the actual metal weight can vary significantly from theoretical weight due to variations in manufacturing tolerances and compositions.

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