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Aluminum 6061

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Aluminum 6061 is a precipitation-hardened aluminum alloy known for its blend of excellent mechanical properties and weldability. Containing magnesium and silicon as its major alloying elements, this material is commonly used in engineering and structural applications due to its strength-to-weight ratio.

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8-12 Business Days

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EOS M100

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Aluminum 6061

Material Overview

As a versatile engineering alloy, Aluminum 6061 offers a good balance of strength, toughness, and resistance to corrosion. It is easily machined, joined, and anodized, which makes it a popular choice in a wide range of applications. This alloy maintains a solid performance under varied environmental conditions.

Mechanical Properties

Aluminum 6061 is distinguished by its tensile strength, which can reach up to 45,000 psi, and a yield strength of about 40,000 psi. This material also displays good fatigue strength and a high degree of toughness, making it highly suitable for critical load-bearing applications.

Chemical Compatibility

This alloy is highly resistant to corrosion from atmospheric conditions and many chemicals. It also exhibits good performance when exposed to seawater and industrial environments, which makes it valuable for marine and chemical processing applications. However, it can be susceptible to stress-corrosion cracking under certain conditions.

Thermal Properties

Aluminum 6061 has excellent thermal conductivity and retains its mechanical properties over a wide temperature range. This characteristic is beneficial in applications that involve heat dissipation, such as electronics and automotive parts. Its ability to operate at both high and low temperatures enhances its versatility.

Applications

Aluminum 6061 is widely used in applications ranging from aerospace components to automotive parts, bicycle frames, and construction materials. Its ability to be easily fabricated and its excellent mechanical properties also make it suitable for creating intricate and robust architectural and structural elements.

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Applications

  • Complex assemblies & lattices
  • Thick wall parts
  • Bio-compatible parts
  • Brackets & enclosures
  • Wear-and-tear parts

Material Characteristics

Strength
Flexibility
Durability
Finish
Thermal Stability