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With a unique combination of properties, aluminum is one of the most versatile engineering and construction materials available. Though light in mass, alloys have strengths greater than those of structural steel. It has high resistance to corrosion, under most applications, and good electrical and thermal conductivities.
Aluminum can be easily formed and machined and readily accepts a wide variety of surface finishes. Almost any method of joining can be used on aluminum—riveting, welding, brazing, or soldering. It can be an affordable alternative to many cheaper but less workable materials. Due to the diversity of its properties, aluminum is used in almost every industry for a wide range of products.
O’Neal Steel carries a full inventory of aluminum structural shapes.
Aluminum angle is a structural aluminum product intended for applications where greater strength is necessary. Used primarily for general structural applications, aluminum angles provide strength, while also being light weight. It is generally easy to weld, cut, and machine.
Aluminum beams are used for structural applications where greater strength, light weight, and corrosion resistance are required.
O’Neal Steel stocks 6061 aluminum beam. This is easy to weld, cut, form, and machine—making it a good material for manufacturing beams to meet a variety of structural applications. With its high strength-to-weight ratio, the beams can be used for applications that would be inefficient or ineffective with heavier beams. 6061 beams are often used to provide lightweight structural support for structures, raceways, frames and supports in buildings, enclosures, and more.
The high strength and high heat properties of aluminum make it well-suited for use in electronics, machinery, electrical closures, and structural applications. Due to its corrosion resistance, aluminum channel is used for exposed and weathered housings, as well as in windows and door frames for vehicles and buildings.
Aluminum bar is an extruded product that is available in flat, square, hex, and rounded shapes. Aluminum’s anti-corrosion, high strength, low weight, and thermal conductivity are properties useful for support, structural and high heat applications.
Aluminum Tube 6061: 6061 aluminum tube is the most common aluminum tubing due to its good machining, strength, and corrosion resistance characteristics. These kinds of tubes are strong, with a low weight. 6061 aluminum tubes are commonly used for structural components such as frames, machine supports, electrical fittings, railing, truck racks, and more.
Aluminum Tube 6063: 6063 aluminum tube combines excellent formability and weldability with corrosion resistance, strength, and low weight. It has finer grain structure than 6061 tubing. It is used for exposed applications due to its corrosion resistance and smoother finish. 6063 aluminum tubing is used for irrigation systems, door and window frames, railings, and furniture.
Aluminum Plate 3003: 3003 aluminum plate exhibits moderate strength and very high corrosion resistance. It is mainly used to manufacture stamped parts that require moderate strength and low weight.
Aluminum Plate 5052: 5052 aluminum plate exhibits higher corrosion than other aluminum alloys and a higher strength than 3003 aluminum plate. Additionally, it maintains a superior resistance to saltwater, making it a popular material for marine applications. It is easy to form, stamp, weld, and finish. 5052 aluminum is used for products that require high strength in corrosive elements.
Aluminum Plate 6061: 6061 aluminum plate is used in many exposed applications, due to its superior corrosion resistance and tolerability of temperature variances. It is easy to machine and stamp to tight tolerances and can be welded. 6061 aluminum plate is used for larger parts that are exposed to outdoor or lightly corrosive elements.
Throughout industries, aluminum sheet is one of the most widely used forms of aluminum. It exhibits good formability and weldability, as well as a high strength-to-weight ratio, thermal conductivity, and corrosion resistance.
Aluminum Sheet 3003: 3003 aluminum sheet is very cost effective, as it combines substantial strength and corrosion resistance with an attractive finish. It is used stamped and formed parts and can be finished with mechanical and organic finishes. 3003 aluminum sheet is used for exposed products that require a smooth and shiny finish.
Aluminum Sheet 5052: 5052 aluminum sheet is used for marine applications due to its high resistance to saltwater corrosion and overall strength. It is easy to form, stamp, weld, and finish. It is used for marine, chemical, and petrochemical equipment and components.
Aluminum Sheet 6061: 6061 aluminum sheet is a popular material due to its strength, low weight, formability, and resistance to moisture, heat, and corrosion. It is the most widely used aluminum grade.