The Uses of Aluminium Flat Bars

Aluminium (called aluminum by our cousins across the water) is one of the most widely-used non-ferrous metal, as well as being the most abundant metals in the Earth’s crust (roughly about 8% of it), and the third most common element in general after oxygen and silicon. As such it’s very fortunate indeed that aluminium flat bars, sheets and other such things have a wide variety of uses, and can be found in a large number of industries and products.

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Being so light, resistant to corrosion and easily shaped, aluminium frequently finds itself being used as a material for packaging food, most usually drinks cans. This allows beverages to be stored in large numbers without being too heavy to transport or conveniently carry, without affecting the taste of the food or reacting with the frequently acidic contents. Aluminium foil is also frequently used as a domestic wrapping for preserving food, allowing meals such as sandwiches and meats to be preserved outside cold storage for longer periods. Aluminium is also remarkably non-toxic given its abundance in the natural world, and has no known function in biology. While a small percentage of the population are allergic to the metal, there are no known health concerns regarding the metal and human biology. This consequently also makes it good for packaging pharmaceuticals.

 

Aluminium flat bars and other such objects also have a place in construction, with aluminium flat bars usually being used for things such as roofing and wall sheeting, as well as extrusions for windows and doors. Its resistance to corrosion means it can withstand the elements better than other products that may need to be constantly maintained or covered with protective coating, which makes it ideal for external fittings such as covers for window-frames or door handles. Aluminium flat bars are also commonly used for the frame-work of greenhouses.

 

Most prominently aluminium finds a place in transportation, with aluminium flat bars usually making up most of the structure of planes. It’s light enough that the aircraft can carry it without loosing speed or altitude, and is generally strong enough to withstand the usual physical rigours of flight. It’s also used for the plating and coating of other modes of transportation, such as cars, trucks and buses. Lastly, aluminium is conductive, although to a lesser degree than other metals. Usually its used as wiring when a light-weight metal is preferred, such as in aircraft, where weight becomes as much a resource as anything else.

 

For more information regarding aluminium flat bars, brass plating and other metal products, feel free to visit the website of ClickMetals, or phone their hotline for further information at 07958 541165.

 

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