9. Aluminum and Aluminum Alloys

  1. James K. Wessel Editor in chief
  1. J. Randolph Kissell1,†,
  2. Syros G. Pantelakis2,‡ and
  3. G. N. Haidemenopoulos3,§

Published Online: 8 JUN 2004

DOI: 10.1002/0471465186.ch9

Handbook of Advanced Materials: Enabling New Designs

Handbook of Advanced Materials: Enabling New Designs

How to Cite

Kissell, J. R., Pantelakis, S. G. and Haidemenopoulos, G. N. (2004) Aluminum and Aluminum Alloys, in Handbook of Advanced Materials: Enabling New Designs (ed J. K. Wessel), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/0471465186.ch9

Editor Information

  1. Wessel & Associates, 127 Westview Lane, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37830, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    The TGB Partnership, 1325 Farmview Road, Hillsborough, North Carolina 27278, USA

  2. 2

    Department of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics, University of Patras, Patras, Greece

  3. 3

    Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Thessaly, Volos, Greece

  1. Sections 9.1 – 9.5

  2. Sections 9.6

  3. §

    Sections 9.6

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 8 JUN 2004
  2. Published Print: 16 APR 2004

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471454755

Online ISBN: 9780471465188

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Keywords:

  • aluminum;
  • alloys;
  • temper designation system;
  • wrought;
  • cast;
  • tempers;
  • properties;
  • modulus;
  • Poisson's ratio;
  • fracture toughness;
  • elongation;
  • hardness;
  • fatigue;
  • products;
  • flat-rolled;
  • extrusions;
  • wire;
  • rod;
  • bar;
  • tubes;
  • forgings;
  • electrical conductors;
  • cast;
  • powder;
  • welding;
  • brazing;
  • soldering;
  • aluminum–lithium;
  • automotive;
  • aluminum foams;
  • metal matrix composites;
  • hydrotalcite;
  • corrosion;
  • exfoliation;
  • salt-spray;
  • Aluminum Association

Summary

Aluminum is the most widely-used metal because of its high strength-to-weight ratio, easy fabrication, corrosion resistance, high electrical conductivity, high thermal conductivity, toughness at low temperature, reflectivity and recyclability. The author describes the various aluminum alloys and their properties along with temper designation so the designer can locate likely candidates for material of construction. Applications are described. Aluminum alloys are particularly favored by designers due to their high strength-to-weight ratio permitting light weight structures. The chapter concludes with an extensive presentation of corrosion testing results.