Aluminium is an alloyed substance with the symbol Al on it and is made up of an array of different alloys including magnesium, tin, potassium, phosphorus and many others. Aluminium is used in everything from the aeroplane wing to furniture to the computer screen. Aluminium is known as a stress-relieving metal, which means that it is extremely malleable. It is one of the lightest metals and some people have likened it to plastic because of its light weight. This also makes it perfect for shaping using Euromac Bending Machines like the ones from Cotswold Machinery Sales.
Aluminium is highly versatile and because it is so light it can be made into incredibly strong metals like titanium, which is one of the strongest metals around. However, unlike titanium it does not rust nor form corrosion resistant alloy wheels. The alloys that are formed from Al are therefore not as strong as those that contain iron or steel, but they do possess other important properties. Aluminium is also extremely lightweight, which is another plus for people who want something light but equally strong and durable. Aluminium is resistant to corrosion, which is good news for people who build sailboats or other water vessels.
Because Aluminium is extremely malleable, it is easy to manufacture high quality aircraft, ships and cars out of the metal, making it an integral part of modern society. Aluminium is commonly found in the car engine, the exhaust system, clutch mechanism and in brake pads and calipers. You will often find aluminium oxide in water pipes, which are used to help reduce carbon monoxide emissions. You will also find Aluminium ingots in mining, as well as casting and forging and sheeting.