Few metals are more durable or more useful than aluminum. It is second only to copper in conductivity, is non-sparking so it can be used near flammable substances, conducts heat well, and is non-magnetic. Some aluminum alloys, such as 1100 aluminum and other alloys in the 1xxx series, offer better corrosion resistance than any other alloy group. Hydro typically produces extrusion in the 6000 series of alloys. This section may refer to alloys not available from all Hydro locations.
Hydro Extrusion in North America is able to produce the non-heat-treatable 1xxx series of aluminum alloy in extruded sections with a purity of at least 99.0% aluminum for alloy 1100 up to 99.6% aluminum for alloy 1060.
Most applications require greater strength and different properties than pure aluminum can provide. This is accomplished by adding different types, quantities and combinations of alloying elements and/or through temper differences. Alloy 1100, for example, contains slight additions of silicon, iron, and copper for strength.
Although it is slightly stronger than alloy 1060, alloy 1100 is used in similar applications. Its characteristics make it ideal for chemical and food handling equipment, food, pharmaceutical and liquid containers, as well as cable sheathing, fin stock, spun hollowware, impacted fire extinguisher bottles, electrical conductors, and heat exchange tubing.
Properties of Alloy 1100
This alloy is typically used in applications requiring maximum ductility and relatively low strength. It is:
- commercially pure aluminum
- non heat-treatable
- soft and ductile with excellent workability
- the most weldable of aluminum alloys
- work hardens more slowly than other alloys
- ideal for applications involving intricate forming
- can be cold formed by bending, drawing or spinning
- excellent resistance to corrosion
- responds well to decorative finishes
1xxx series alloys display excellent forming characteristics, which permits them to be easily impacted, cold drawn, deep drawn and bent into various configurations. They can be extruded as profiles, rod, bar and tubing. Other common alloys in this series available from Hydro are 1050, 1060 and 1350.
Fabrication and Finishing
Hydro Extrusion offers not only extrusion but also the fabrication required for a complete turn-key product. Since we cast our own material, we can also offer more than 10 different standard alloys to choose from, or we can design a specific custom alloy to meet your needs.
Hydro offers complete facilities for:
Cast billet, die design & manufacture and extrusion
From cutting, forming, machining and joining to assembly and special packaging
Painting, anodizing, environmentally friendly special coatings and high speed vertical powder coating line
We provide innovative solutions for new end-use applications. Metallurgists and application engineering, manufacturing, design and marketing specialists are involved in the development of custom extrusion solutions for unique applications to meet the needs of the electronics, automotive, mass transit, bridge decking, telecommunications, and solar/renewable energy industries, and nearly every other market.
Hydro Extrusion has extrusion presses throughout the U.S. and Canada. Our expert team is ready to assist you with custom solutions for unique applications, employing the latest technology for the design and manufacture of extrusion tooling, and is available with everything you need to go from drawing board to finished product.
Aluminum alloys can have very different mechanical, physical and corrosion properties, and very different behaviors in terms of welding, forming, machining, etc. are concerned. Talk to our experts to find out if 1100 aluminum, a different 1xxx series alloy, or a custom alloy will satisfy the requirements of your project.