Light, durable, and functional… These are the main features that make aluminum one of the most important engineering materials of our time. Aluminum is a material that is worth using even with just these features. In the houses we live in, in the cars we use; On phones, computers, benches, and airplanes that we use daily, on shelves in our cabinets, and in the modern environment, we can often come across aluminum in interior designs.
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Now, today we are going to learn some information about aluminum. Here you can find advantages and some detailed information about aluminum.
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Advantages and Properties of Aluminum
Aluminum is a silver-white metal and is the 13th element in the periodic table. There is an astonishing fact about this metal. This is also; it is the most common metal in the world and constitutes more than 8% of the world’s mass. Also, the third most common chemical element on our planet after oxygen and silicon is aluminum.
Until 200 years ago, there were very few people who knew about aluminum. At the same time, pure aluminum is not seen in nature, as it is easily connected with other elements. This is why people have relatively late knowledge of this. It was officially produced for the first time in 1824, and it took nearly fifty years to learn to produce on an industrial scale.
The most common form found in nature is Aluminum sulfates. These are minerals that combine two sulfuric acids: one is alkali metal (lithium, sodium, potassium rubidium, or cesium), and the other are metal-based aluminum-weighted compounds from the third group of the periodic table.
Aluminum sulfates are used in water cleaning, medicine, cosmetics, chemical industry, and other industries. Meanwhile, it got its name from the name of the aluminum sulfate compound known as a lumen in Latin.
So why aluminum is used in billet production. Let’s examine it in detail.
What are the Properties of Aluminum?
One of the valuable properties of aluminum is that it is a rare combination. It is one of the lightest metals in the world: it is almost three times lighter than iron, but it is also very strong, extremely flexible, and corrosion-resistant. Because its surface is always covered with a very thin but still very strong oxide film. It does not magnetize, forms an excellent electrical conductor, and alloys with almost all other metals.
Three times lighter than iron
Almost the same as steel
Easy to process
- Corrosion Resistant
Because aluminum oxide has a thin surface layer
This metal can be easily processed by pressure when it is both hot and cold. It can be bent, pulled, and stamped. It does not burn with fire, no special paint is required and it is not poisonous from plastics. It is also very flexible, so the extra-fine wire can be made as well as only 4 micron thick sheets. The extra thin foil that can be made of aluminum is three times thinner than a human hair. Besides, the production of aluminum is more costly than other metals and materials.
A wide variety of aluminum alloys have been developed since it easily forms compounds with other chemical elements. Even a small amount of additives can greatly change the properties of the metal, thus allowing it to be used in new areas. For example, in ordinary life, you encounter aluminum alloy wheels, engines, chassis, and other parts of modern cars blended with silicon and magnesium. As for the zinc alloys of aluminum, we now encounter even the devices that help you read this article because it is these alloys that are widely used in the production of mobile phones and tablet computers. Meanwhile, scientists continue to develop new aluminum alloys.
It will be impossible to think even with the lack of aluminum in modern construction, automotive, aviation, energy, food, and other industries. Besides, it has become a symbol of progress: all cutting-edge devices and tools are made of aluminum.
It shows that the combination of the qualities listed above is already sufficient to make aluminum the best choice in the industry, but still, there is another important feature: it can be used over and over again. The pure form and alloys of aluminum can be melted and reused without any damage to their mechanical properties.
As you can see, aluminum is a very important metal and can be used repeatedly as it is recyclable.
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