Aluminium is a widely popular metal due to the vast variety of uses that this malleable metal can be used for. Particularly its high strength and low weight, and it is corrosion resistant as the grey oxide-layer provides protection. The corrosion resistance can be further reinforced if hard-anodised.
Why is Aluminium so popular?
- Low density
- High thermal conductivity
- Very malleable metal
- High corrosion resistance
- Good electrical conductor
It’s important to know the above, as these features are the reasons that aluminium is so widely used for the below.
What is aluminium commonly used for?
- Cans & Beverage Containers
Aluminium is commonly used for packaging as it can withstand the carbonation pressure inside the can. In addition, it can be easily formed and shaped, and it will not rust.
Due to its low weight, considerable strength and workability, aluminium is ideal for aircrafts, including commercial aircrafts that are produced en masse. It isn’t just the primary material used for the aircraft shell, but for the seats, too, as it reduces the weight and saves fuel spend.
- Windows & Doors
Aluminium has superior thermal efficiency, so windows made using this metal meet energy efficiency standards. It’s strong, durable and a great long-term investment as they don’t require maintenance and has a long-lifetime. Aluminium anodising can be used to protect materials from corrosion or added as a decorative film.
Did you know that the Empire State Building construction materials includes aluminium? Due to the weight it’s easy to work with and allows for improved installation times. Due to the high thermal conductivity, buildings built using this are kept cool in summer and warm in winter.
Dorsetware provides a variety of hard anodising services and metal finishing. To enquire about hard anodised aluminium in Poole or to get a quote for hard coating costs, speak to one of our electroplating team members at Dorsetware on 01202 677939 or alternatively use our online contact form.