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What and why is cast aluminum?

What is cast aluminum?

 

Aluminum alloys are alloys in which aluminum (Al) is the predominant metal. The typical alloying elements are copper, magnesium, manganese, silicon, tin, and zinc.  

Cast aluminum alloys yield cost-effective products due to the low melting point, although they generally have lower tensile strengths than wrought alloys. The most important cast aluminum alloy system is AI-Si, where the high levels of silicon (4.0–13%) contribute to give good casting characteristics. Aluminum alloys are widely used in engineering structures and components where lightweight or corrosion resistance is required. There are a few different ways that casting can occur, including through sand casting, die casting and mold casting. Die casting is usually the most popular method of casting.

 

 

This die-cast type of aluminum is often used to produce many types of automobile parts. Additionally, it is used to create many other products that people use each day. Even furniture can be created using this specific type of metal! Cookware is also commonly made of cast aluminum because it is so strong, patio furniture is also another place that cast aluminum is easy to find. It is a special type of metal alloy and before it can be used it has to go through what is called casting. This is a process that adds durability and strength to the material, as well as makes it more efficient for use.

Why Cast Aluminum?

As you can see, cast aluminum is used in a number of different objects that most of us use on a daily basis. Why is it so popular and why do so many people use it? There are actually dew reasons for popularity.

As already mentioned, it is very strong and durable. It might not be as strong as cast iron, however, it is very close and certainly a type of metal that you can depend on when you need it the most. This is one reason that people choose this alloy, but they also like the cost. When compared to other metals, it is very cost-effective. It can be purchased at a cost of about half of what you would spend on other types of metals and AL alloy.


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