Materials

Non-Ferrous Metals

Aluminum

  • Noncorrosive
  • Easily machined and cast
  • Lightweight yet durable
  • Non-magnetic and non-sparking
  • Good heat and electrical conductor

Aluminum

Characteristics

aluminum partLightweight, durable, malleable and corrosion-resistant, aluminum is widely used in the aerospace, transportation and construction industries.




Applications

  • Electronic casings
  • Electrical transmission lines
  • Heat sinks for transistors and CPU’s
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General Material Properties

Property   Metric units   English units
General    
Density   2.5e3 - 2.9e3 kg/m^3   156 - 181 lb/ft^3
Mechanical    
Yield Strength   3e7 - 5e8 Pa   4.35 - 72.5 ksi
Tensile Strength   5.8e7 - 5e8 Pa   8.41 - 79.8 ksi
Elongation   0.01 - 0.44 % strain     % strain
Hardness (Vickers)   1.18e8 - 1.48e9 Pa     HV
Impact Strength (unnotched)   1.9e5 - 2e5 J/m^2     ft.lbf/in^2
Fracture Toughness   2.2e7 - 3.5e7 Pa/m^0.5   20 - 31.9 ksi/in^0.5
Young's Modulus   6.8e10 - 8.2e10 Pa   9.86 - 11.9 10^6 psi
Thermal    
Max Service Temperature   120 - 210 °C   248 - 410 °F
Melting Temperature   475 - 677 °C   887 - 1.25e3 °F
Insulator or Conductor   Good Conductor   Good Conductor
Specific Heat Capability   857 - 990 J/kg °C   0.205 - 0.236 BTU/lb. °F
Thermal Expansion Coefficent   2.1e-5 - 2.4e-5 strain/°C   11.7 - 13.3 µstrain/°F
Electrical    
Insulator or Conductor   Good Conductor °C   Good Conductor °F
Electrical Resistivity   2.5e-8 - 6.5e-8 °C   2.5 - 6.5 °F
Eco    
CO2 Footprint   1.85 - 2.04 kg/kg   11.2 - 13.1 lb/lb
Recycleable   Yes   Yes

The information on this page is intended as general guidance only and is only accurate at the time of posting (see date below). Specific material properties vary by manufacturer. Please contact a Dielectric application engineer for help in choosing the optimal material for your application and budget.

Posting Date: July 30, 2012