Is Aluminium Too Weak To Use As Metal Tubes?

Most people would be aware of the fact that aluminium is one of the most widely used forms of metal in the world today. The flexible nature of it means that it can be utilised in a vast array of applications, and in terms of metal it is second only to steel in terms of presence. Due to the way that most of us encounter the material a common perception is that aluminium is too weak a material to create tubes from, let alone carry out tube bending on. We can understand why someone would draw this conclusion, as the most usual encounter you would have with it is in the form of tinfoil or a drinks can. In terms of metal tubes, there are different alloys of the material which are thicker and more suitable to use.

Although the aluminium used in tubes is a good deal thicker and tougher than one would find in cans, it remains true that it is susceptible to damage at a far higher ratio that steel or iron is. For the many applications the tubing is utilised in, with the construction and manufacturing industries in particular making extensive use of them, this is amply compensated for by the weight savings made. Aluminium tubes typically weigh some 65% less than their steel counterparts, making them perfect for when weight reduction is more important than overall strength.

Whilst the above highlights one of the key advantages of using aluminium tubing, the disadvantage of it being weaker than other metals means that considerable care has to be taken in working with it. This is something which is all the more true in terms of bending and manipulation work such as tube expansion. Whilst metals such as steel, iron and titanium can be forgiving to work with, the inherent lack of strength in aluminium means that there is a low to no margin of error.

Over the years our team has gained trust from across many industries because of the fact that our work shows how much we respect the above. We ensure that absolute perfection is achieved in precision tube manufacturing no matter what metal is used. Our work with aluminium ensures that the strengths are worked to without risking exposure to damage as a consequence of its weaknesses.