Pure Aluminum 1100
Known for its flexibility and softness. It is often used to produce items that involve complex shaping, bending, and forming. Furthermore, it is sought out for its high ductility, resistance to corrosion, and its brilliant color.
Foil and conductor cables
This alloy grade is also known as “free machining alloy (FMA)”, and commonly used for machinery applications. This is because Alloy 2011 retains high mechanical strength.
Intricate and complex machine parts.
Alloy 2014 retains high mechanical strength and machining abilities. Its strength coupled with its resistance to corrosion makes it a popular choice for aerospace structural applications.
Aerospace structural applications.
Because of its incredible strength and fatigue resistance, this alloy is one of the most commonly used. When a project requires good weight to strength ratio, Alloy 2024 is usually the best match.
Aircraft, especially wing and fuselage structures
Alloy 3003 is the most commonly used grade. It retains a nominal amount of magnesium, which makes it up to 20% stronger than pure grade and 2011
Cooking utensils, food containers, chemical equipment, pressure vessels, general sheet metal fabrication, hardware, tanks, and cabinets.
Just like pure grade aluminum, Alloy 5052 is non-heat treatable. But in comparison, it is stronger and more durable. It also has an adequate resistance to salt water.
Commercial and industrial marine applications
Alloy 6061 is highly versatile; in fact, it is the most versatile out of all the non-heat treatable grades. It is also highly resistant to corrosion and retains terrific mechanical properties.
Roofs, folded sheets, sidings, and acoustic ceilings.
Known as an architectural alloy since it is retains high tensile properties and excellent finishing characteristics, this corrosion-resistant alloy is popular for interior and exterior architectural applications, such as architectural trim and even anodizing.
Exterior architectural applications
Alloy 7075 is one of the highest strength aluminum alloys on the market. It is great for projects that require great weight to strength ratios. It responds well to heart treatments like spot and flash welding.
Manufacturing, Aircraft Construction.
Aluminum sheets can come in all shapes and sizes. They are light in weight, does not stick to a magnet or rust.
Automobile bodies, home appliances and cookware.
Aluminum insulated wire is much lighter than MCM copper but like copper it is very rigid inside the plastic jacketing making it difficult to work with. It is considered bare bright only if it is stripped of contamination.
Aluminum extrusion is a process by which aluminum alloy material is forced through a die with a specific cross-sectional profile. Clean extruded scrap aluminum is the highest grade of aluminum found in a scrap metal yard. The “fluting” or ridges on it characterize it as extruded aluminum scrap.
Window frames, doorframes, window screens
MLC or mixed low copper is a very clean mixed metal aluminum alloy. It can come in solids, sheets, or clips. MLC scrap aluminum is a common mix of different grades of aluminum alloys. It is considered one of the highest grades of aluminum in scrap metal yards and thus is paid at one of the highest levels.
Window frames, door frames.
Scrap aluminum turnings are small fragments of aluminum caused from a solid piece of aluminum going through a metal lathe to create a new product during manufacturing.
Tail ends from manufacturing
Cast aluminum is 97% aluminum with small traces of zinc or magnesium in it. When broken cast aluminum will have more of a “jagged” appearance to it. When scratched, cast aluminum will be harder than die cast aluminum.
Engine parts like transmissions, motor fans, frying pans
Aluminium Can / UBC
Everyone is familiar with this drinking can. There are two easy ways to identify an aluminum cans versus a metal can. If you touch a magnet to a metal can it will stick, but it will not stick to an aluminum can. Second, metal cans are much heavier than aluminum cans.
Due to its strength and durability aluminium has long been used to create alloy wheels for vehicles. As vehicles are scrapped the wheels can then be stripped of the tyres and easily recycled. This is one of the most popular scrap aluminium categories