Aluminum follows only steel in the list of most used metals and it is commonly used to make channels. Channels are strips of metal that have been formed into a specific shape, such as a "C", "J" or "U". The U-channel features two equal-sized sides connected to the bottom of the channel. It resembles C-channel, but C-channel sides are shorter than the width of the bottom of the channel.
Aluminum U channel is used in almost all industries and is an excellent material for a considerable number of applications including protective edges, covers, railing, rims, window and door frames, trim, cladding, brackets, tracks, slides, clamps, and more.
Structural aluminum U channel (6061-T6) incorporates the most commonly used 6061 aluminum alloy, making it sought-after for its strength, heat treatability, machinability, weldability, and good finishing characteristics. The fact that it is well-suited for anodizing applications only extends the long list of features that make Aluminum U channel a versatile material choice for use in industry and at home.
The 6061-T6 alloy employed in aluminum U channel meets the requirements of heavy-duty structures such as truck and marine components, railroad cars, furniture, tank fittings, general structural and high pressure applications, wire products and in pipelines. Aluminum U channels offer the advantage of low weight yet provide strong structural support.
In addition to our extensive selection of aluminum channel, rod, bar, pipe and tube products, Hydro Extrusion also offers a wide range of structural angles, tees, zees, H-beams and I-beams. Hydro Extrusion is the world's premier aluminum extruder and offers standard and custom shapes up to 20" circle size and broad capabilities in press sizes and tonnages, alloy selection and profile types. Employing the latest technology in the design and manufacture of extrusion tooling, Hydro Extrusion's team of engineers and metallurgists is ready to assist you with custom solutions to fit all of your unique application requirements.