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Why are Aluminum and Aluminum Alloys used in the manufacturing of Vessel Heads?

Aluminum and Aluminum Alloys used in Vessel Heads

Aluminum demonstrates exceptional material strength to weight ratio. Aluminum can demonstrate strength similar to steel with one third of the weight. To further enhance its strength alloys are often added during the manufacturing process. In addition to their strength, aluminum and aluminum alloys are known for their endurance and shock absorption properties during a collision. This makes them perfect for the production of durable and lightweight parts.

The following properties make the material a desirable solution for numerous applications:

  • Lightweight but very strong construction. Able to maintain high tensile strength between 70 and 700 MPa
  • Has a larger expansion capability compared to other metals
  • Easier and more efficient to produce compared to stainless steel.
  • Endurance and resistance to various extreme environmental factors, including corrosive and UV radiation
  • Aluminum is highly recyclable, allowing it to be reused
  • Can be worked by several different manufacturing processes like casting, rolling, forging, extrusion, etc.
  • Non-combustible
  • Thermally and electrically conductive. Enabling it to be used in electrical and thermal transfer applications.
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