Aluminium Sheet

What is Aluminum?

Before we talk about aluminium sheet, we should know the features of aluminum the first.

Aluminum is a kind of metal that can be seen commonly in our daily life. The color of it is silver. When it is grinded, it would shine with metallic light. When it comes in its original color, it would be matt silver.

On our dearly planet, the quantity of aluminum in the crust is the biggest among all the other metals, about 8.3%.

However, up to now, scientists have not found any species that must to keep their body function with aluminum.

Features of aluminum are listed below:
● high malleability
● active
● low density (about 1/3 times to iron)
● high melting point (lost malleability in 300 Celsius degrees, and milt in 660.4 Celsius degrees)
● no magnetism
● hardly to be burned
● easy to cut and shape (welcomed by metal processing industries)


What is Aluminium Sheet?

Because of the features aluminum contains, it is suitable to used in various industries, especially used in the form of plates or sheets.

Aluminium Sheet, as known as aluminum sheet or aluminum sheet metal, are one of the forms of the metal aluminum. It is produced for industrial use.

The milting point of aluminum is high enough for shaping.

When the aluminum passes through the tiny space between two rolls with pressure in a high temperature, it would become aluminium sheet.

Then, right after the aluminum coming out from the pressure rolls, they would be put in coolants immediately to keep their shape right.

This kind of procedure creates metal plates, sheets, and foils, not only the aluminum, but all metals with malleability can be processed by this procession. 

Whether the product would be aluminium plate, sheet, or foil would depend on the width between the two rolls and the pressure added on the metals.

Usually, the thickness between 0.008 inches to less than 0.25 inches is considered aluminum sheet. The one thinner than 0.008 inches are recognized foil, and the one thicker than 0.25 inches would be called plate.


Why Use Aluminium Sheet?

Aluminum sheets and plates are very welcome by industries. 

But why?

Below are some possible reasons:
Recyclable
Aluminum sheet, plate and foil is recyclable. Moreover, their features and properties would not lose in the re-producing process.

When produce the recycled aluminum sheet metal, the requirement of energy can be reduced more than 90% comparing with producing a primary aluminum.

Highest performance in armor
Aluminium sheets or plates in military use are strong enough to protect soldiers behind it. A standard aluminum plate armor can change the trajectory of .50-caliber round bullets while other kinds of metals might not.

In ordinary use, they can be found on transportations or buildings that requires enough strength.

Light
Because of its low density, among other metals with strength, aluminum is lighter that can be easily installed or removed. Moreover, due to it contains enough strength, aluminum pates can keep the users safe at the mean time.

Stronger in low temperature
Comparing with other metals that might crash in low temperature, aluminum is stronger and more stable in low temperature.

Therefore, they are usually be used by aerospace industries to make body parts of spacecrafts or planes.


Application of Aluminium Sheet

Aluminium sheet is the most common forms that used in industries. 

It can be used on the industries below:
Aerospace Industry
In aerospace industry, the aluminum sheets or plates are used to be the skins of planes and spacecraft.

As we know, the temperature can be extremely low high in the sky. Luckily, it fits one of the features of aluminum. Therefore, aluminum sheets are widely used in manufacturing aircrafts that requires working above the sky.

Transportation
Since aluminum sheets and aluminum plates are strong enough, factories that manufacture transportation tend to use aluminum sheets or plates to produce the body parts.

Food Packaging
Is it surprise you that aluminum can be used to manufacture containers that carry foods?

Since aluminum itself is nonpoisonous, the aluminum sheets can be used to make cans, and the aluminum foil can be a raw material of Tetra Pak, a kind of drink package.

Construction Industry
Same reason as they are used in aerospace industries, aluminum plates or sheets or aluminum sheet metals are welcome by construction industries.

In construction industries, aluminum plates or sheets are often used to make building facades.

Military Armor
Aluminium sheets or plates in military use are strong enough to protect soldiers behind it.

Usually, they are used to make fighters such as F-18 and F-35.

Beside industry and military use, various forms of aluminum can be used in our ordinary life. That is, aluminium is not a stranger to us. 

In our ordinary life, we can see aluminum plates or sheets everywhere, for example, the grilles on our windows, gates, cans, or Tetra Pak, a kind of drink package made of aluminum foil.

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