Whilst 13 may be unlucky for some, it’s not the case for aluminium which takes this spot in the periodic table.
A silvery-white metal, it makes up over 8% of the Earth’s core mass, is the third most common chemical element after oxygen and silicon and is also super useful!
In what way? Well, let’s take a closer look to find out.
What is aluminium?
Discovered in 1825 by Hans Oersted, aluminium’s name derives from the Latin name for alum, ‘alumen’ meaning bitter salt.
A common metal, the uses of aluminium are extensive and varied. Look closely enough and it can be found just about anywhere – from everyday household items such as cans, foil, kitchen utensils, window frames, DIY tools and lawn movers, right the way through to car and aeroplane parts.
It’s frequently the metal of choice for industries thanks to its many appealing qualities, which include having low density, being non-toxic, and being easy to cast, machine and form.
In its own right, aluminium isn’t famed for strength, which is why it is invariably used as an alloy. But, depending on the alloy, the end result is usually a lightweight but extremely strong product.
What are the benefits of aluminium?
There is a reason aluminium is one of the most popular metal choices across such a wide range of industries. Just some of the attractive qualities it offers, include:
- Lightweight – aluminium is one of the lightest metals in the world.
- Flexible – it is the second most malleable metal and the sixth most ductile.
- Corrosion resistance – thanks to a thin yet strong oxide film on the surface of aluminium, it is highly resistant to corrosion.
- Versatile – the qualities of aluminium make it a great solution for numerous applications. Few metals can be the favoured option for diecasting intricate metal parts and be used for kitchen foil!
- Electrical and thermal conductivity – aluminium is a great electrical and heat conductor.
- Non-magnetic – being non-magnetic is a particularly useful quality for a wide range of applications.
- Non-sparking – even when in contact with non-ferrous metals or more aluminium, there is no risk of sparks.
- Recyclable – 100% recyclable and can be done so time and time again. Making it even more favourable in an environmentally conscious world.
Aluminium in die casting
Aluminium is a popular choice for the production of car and aeroplane parts, indeed for producing components for most modes of transport. And, thanks to the benefits outlined above, aluminium is probably the most frequently used metal in the diecasting industry. As a relatively easy metal to work with, it offers fantastic results.
Find out more about aluminium die casting
Here at Luton and Place, we are leaders in the aluminium die casting industry. We cover a wide range of die casting services, including CNC machining and finishing procedures, and would love to talk to you in more details about the benefits of aluminium in diecasting and how we might be able to assist you.