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Aluminum 5052
Material type: Metal
5052 is an aluminium alloy, primarily alloyed with magnesium and chromium. Typical applications include marine, aircraft, architecture, general sheet metal work, heat exchangers, fuel lines and tanks, flooring panels, streetlights, appliances, rivets and wire.
Process compatibility
Material Color
Silver white
Material advantages
The exceptional corrosion resistance of 5052 alloy against seawater and salt spray makes it a primary candidate for the failure-sensitive large marine structures, like tanks of liquefied natural gas tankers.
Material shortcomings
Cannot be strengthened by heat treatment. Low plasticity during cold work hardening and weldability.
Recommended description
Tough enough to hold up on fuel tanks, and adaptable enough to be used in utensils and fan blades.
Tensile strength 228 MPa
Yield strength 193 MPa
Shear strength 138 MPa
Modulus of elasticity 70.3 GPa
Shear modulus 25.9 GPa
Thermal conductivity 138 W/m*K
Linear thermal expansion coefficient 2.38*10−5 K−1
Specific heat capacity 880 J/kg*K
Density 2.68 g/cm3
Melting temperature 607 °C (1,125 °F)
Common applications
• Marine
• Aircraft
• Architecture
• General sheet metal work
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