Aluminum grades exhibits ease of fabrication, good appearance, good corrosion resistance, high fracture toughness, good weldability, and high strength-to-weight ratio. Each aluminum grade is characterized by its excellent mechanical and chemical properties and the elements found in their composition. The selection of aluminum mainly depends on the intentions and applications necessary and working conditions. The intended application allows manufacturers and other material users to rank the characteristics and properties of each aluminum grade from least to most important. This somehow helps in narrowing down the lists of aluminum grades and their suitability in varying applications and treated conditions.
There are important factors to consider upon the selection of aluminum grades including weldability, workability, machinability, corrosion resistance, heat treating, and strength. These factors may greatly affect the performance of each aluminum grades upon each of their designated uses.
|1100||pure aluminum; readily stamped, spun, forged, and drawn||used for architectural, industrial, and home uses|
|2014||precipitation hardening alloy; has good strength after heat treatment||truck frames, aircraft structure|
|2024||high strength, age hardening aluminum alloy||aircraft structures, truck wheels, screw machine products, orthopedic braces and equipment, scientific instruments|
|2219||age-hardenable aluminum||used for applications at elevated temperatures|
|5083||non-treatable alloy; has good corrosion resistance||used for welded, unfired pressure vessels, drilling rigs, transportation equipment, TV towers, missile component, marine|
|5086||high strength structural alloy; non heat-treatable||missile components, transportation equipment, drilling rigs, TV towers, welded pressure vessels|
|6061||heat treatable aluminum alloy||used for heavy-duty structures, marine and truck components, furniture, railroad cars, tank fittings, furniture, wire products, pipelines|
|6063||extrusion alloy; heat treatable||furniture, stair rails, windows, pipe railing|
|7049||forging alloy; heat treatable; stress corrosion cracking resistant||structural forgings, missile and aircraft industries|
|7050||heat treatable; has high strength and toughness||aircraft and other structure|
|7075||heat treatable; has good properties at low temperatures||used in aircraft and other aerospace applications|
|7079||high-strength alloy||suited for highly stressed parts especially in aircraft industry|
|7175||has high strength; heat treatable; has combined strength and toughness||machined fittings in aircraft industry|
|7475||offers fracture toughness and strengt||used in fighter, transport, and commercial airplanes|