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Extruded Aluminum Channels
Extruded aluminum channels refer to aluminum channels that are manufactured through the extrusion process. Extrusion is a manufacturing technique where a material, in this case, aluminum, is forced through a die to create a specific shape with a continuous cross-section.
In the case of extruded aluminum channels, the process involves pushing heated aluminum billets (raw material) through a specially designed die. The die has a profile that corresponds to the desired shape of the aluminum channel, which is usually a U-shaped cross-section resembling a channel or the letter “U.”
Common Aluminum Channel Sizes
Aluminum channel extrusions are an excellent choice for applications that require strength and corrosion resistance.
- 1/16″ Wall Thickness
- 3/32″ Wall Thickness
- 1/8″ Wall Thickness
- 3/16″ Wall Thickness
- 1/4″ Wall Thickness
As the aluminum billet is forced through the die, it takes on the shape of the die cavity, resulting in a continuous length of aluminum channel with the desired cross-sectional profile. The extruded aluminum channels can then be cut to the desired lengths for various applications.
Extrusion offers several advantages in the production of aluminum channels:
- Design flexibility: Extrusion allows for the creation of complex and customized shapes, including different channel sizes, profiles, and dimensions. This flexibility makes it easier to meet specific project requirements.
- Efficient production: Extrusion is a highly efficient manufacturing process that enables the continuous production of aluminum channels with minimal material waste. The process can be automated, ensuring high production rates and cost-effectiveness.
- Consistency and precision: Extrusion ensures consistent and precise dimensions across the length of the aluminum channel. The die used in the extrusion process determines the shape and dimensions of the channel, resulting in uniformity and accuracy.
- Strength and durability: Extruded aluminum channels possess excellent strength-to-weight ratios, making them strong and durable while remaining lightweight. The extrusion process also enhances the inherent properties of aluminum, such as corrosion resistance and conductivity.
- Wide range of alloys: Aluminum extrusion allows for the use of various aluminum alloys with specific properties, such as enhanced strength, heat resistance, or conductivity. This versatility enables the production of aluminum channels suitable for different applications.
Extruded aluminum channels find applications in numerous industries, including construction, architecture, transportation, manufacturing, and electronics. They are utilized for structural support, framing, enclosures, and other purposes where lightweight, strong, and customizable components are required.