Aluminum sheets are available in different types of aluminum alloys. Each alloy has its own properties, qualities and specific applications. In this blog, we will discuss the most commonly implemented alloys for aluminum sheets, their properties and their use.
Aluminium sheets with EN AW-1050A qualification are also referred to as unalloyed sheets because they are made of 99.5% pure aluminium. EN AW-1050A aluminum sheets offer high formability, which is ideal for situations where the sheets are folded into a specific shape. These aluminum sheets are characterized by high corrosion resistance and are also easy to weld. In addition, these aluminium sheets are electrically conductive.
A possible disadvantage of EN AW-1050A aluminium sheets is the low material strength. Therefore, these sheets are usually used in areas where material strength is of minimal importance.
5052 Aluminum Sheet
The plate alloy EN AW-5005A offers better strength compared to the EN AW-1050 qualification.
The most important element within the alloys of the 5XXX series that ensures the degree of strength is magnesium (occasionally combined with manganese). The alloy EN AW-5005A is ideal for various applications in the construction sector. This quality is also particularly suitable for housings of devices and technical installations, not least because these panels retain their flatness even if they have been professionally processed.
The alloy EN AW-5005A offers good adjustment options. In addition, a powder coating or enamelling of the plates is possible. Within category 5005, various qualities are available that are optimized for anodizing.
EN AW-5005A is usually available in thicknesses from 1 mm to 4 mm and is less used for larger thickness specifications.
If an even stronger alloy than the 5005 series is desired, the EN AW-5754 quality can be selected. EN AW-5754 is mainly used in car body construction (automotive industry) and in the architectural sector. This alloy is also widely used in yacht and shipbuilding due to its higher seawater resistance, although EN AW-5083 is also used in these sectors today.
Profile plates are also often manufactured in the quality EN AW-5754. EN AW-5754 sheets are manufactured with a thickness of 1.5 mm or more.
As already mentioned, EN AW-5083 is widely used in yacht and shipbuilding. This aluminum alloy offers the best mechanical strength, which explains why this quality is often used constructively. This alloy is also often used in plant construction. EN AW-5083 is easy to machine and weld, which is a favorable quality for implementations in the above sectors.
The aluminum sheets of the EN AW-5083 alloy can be produced in a thickness of 1 mm to 20-30 mm and in some cases up to a thickness of 60 mm.
Aluminum alloys of the 6XXX series contain silicon and magnesium as alloying elements. The EN AW-6061 aluminum quality is strong, corrosion-resistant, technically anodable and offers good conductivity.
Plates of the qualification EN AW-6061 are hardenable. In the T4 state, the sheet is easily deformable and weldable. Better mechanical properties are achieved in the T6 state. Due to the favorable mechanical properties, the sheets with the quality EN AW-6061 are often used as construction plates.
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