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Are you in need of a durable and corrosion-resistant solution for your next project? Look no further than Speciality Metals’ aluminium finishing strip! With a width of 38.1mm and thickness of 4.76mm, this strip comes in various lengths to suit your needs. Not only is it resistant to weather, chemicals and heat, but it’s also a great conductor of heat and electricity. Its hygienic properties make it ideal for use in food-processing and medical environments. But don’t worry about sacrificing flexibility for durability – this finishing strip is lightweight and recyclable, making it an eco-friendly choice. Trust Speciality Metals and their quality UK supply for all your aluminium strip needs.
We offer a wide selection of flat aluminium finishing strip online from trusted mills in the UK. Providing high-quality, low-priced aluminium flat strip products to UK businesses and the general public, Speciality Metals is a leading aluminium metals supplier.
Specialty Metals’ aluminium finishing strip is a great choice for those seeking a durable, corrosion-resistant, and long-lasting solution. This flat bar strip measures 38.1mm in width and 4.76mm in thickness, making it an excellent choice for a wide range of applications. As well as its resistance to weathering, chemicals and heat, the material has good conductivity of heat and electricity, making it a great choice for outdoor and industrial applications. Additionally, it is hygienic, lightweight, flexible and recyclable, making it an eco-friendly option that is easy to use and dispose of. Aluminum finishing strip from Specialty Metals is a high-quality and reliable material that can help you achieve your desired results quickly and easily.
Over 50,000 customers of Specialty Metals are provided with fast, friendly customer service every year. We’re the place to try when you need metal of any shape and size. We’re based in Warrington, UK. We pride ourselves on our rapid turnaround and a large range of options.
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Flat bar strip is also available in mild steel and stainless steel.
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Yes, while aluminum is generally safe to work with, there are some health and safety concerns that one should be aware of when handling and finishing aluminum strips:
Sharp Edges: Freshly cut or machined aluminum can have extremely sharp edges, posing a risk of cuts. Always handle with care, wear gloves and deburr or smooth edges after cutting.
Dust and Particulates: Grinding, sanding or cutting aluminum can produce fine dust or particulates. Inhalation of metal particulates can be harmful. Always work in a well-ventilated area and wear appropriate respiratory protection, like a dust mask or a respirator.
Fumes: Welding or heating aluminum can release fumes. Breathing in these fumes may lead to respiratory issues or other health concerns. Proper ventilation and respiratory protection, like a welding mask with the appropriate filter, are crucial when welding or heating aluminum.
Oxidation and Contact Dermatitis: Some individuals may experience skin irritation when coming into prolonged contact with aluminum, particularly if it’s oxidised. This is rare but can manifest as contact dermatitis. It’s advisable to wear gloves when handling aluminum for extended periods.
Chemical Exposure: Finishing processes, like anodising or using certain cleaning agents, involve chemicals that can be harmful if inhaled, ingested or in contact with the skin. Always read and follow safety guidelines when working with chemicals, wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), and work in well-ventilated areas.
Galvanic Corrosion: If aluminum comes into contact with certain other metals and there’s an electrolyte present (like water), galvanic corrosion can occur. This isn’t directly a health concern but can compromise the structural integrity of the aluminum or the other metal involved.
Neurological Concerns: There’s been some debate and research on the connection between aluminum and neurological diseases, like Alzheimer’s. While the majority of research suggests there’s no definitive link, some studies have raised concerns, primarily regarding the ingestion of high amounts of aluminum. It’s essential to ensure that aluminum dust or particles are not ingested and to maintain good hygiene practices.
Aluminium inherently possesses a thin, protective oxide layer that forms naturally when the metal is exposed to air. This oxide layer offers a degree of protection against corrosion, making aluminium more resilient to environmental factors than some other metals. When it comes to saltwater exposure, however, the scenario becomes more complex. Saltwater is particularly corrosive to many metals due to the presence of chloride ions, which aggressively attack metal surfaces.
For aluminium, prolonged exposure to saltwater can lead to a type of corrosion known as pitting, where small, deep pits form on the metal’s surface. This is because the chloride ions disrupt the stable oxide layer, allowing the underlying aluminium to corrode. However, the rate and severity of this corrosion largely depend on the specific aluminium alloy and any protective treatments it has undergone.
Certain aluminium alloys are designed to be more resistant to saltwater and marine environments. For instance, the 5000 and 6000 series aluminium alloys, which contain magnesium or magnesium and silicon, respectively, are known for their better resistance to marine environments. Additionally, processes such as anodising can significantly enhance the aluminium’s resistance to saltwater by thickening its natural oxide layer.
Aluminium, as a material, is inherently non-toxic and is frequently used in a variety of everyday applications, including cookware, food packaging and even antacid tablets. Aluminium finishing strips share this non-toxic characteristic. When in solid form, such as in a finishing strip, aluminium poses no harm upon touch or proximity.
However, concerns arise when aluminium particles or compounds are ingested or inhaled in significant quantities. While the human body does encounter and process trace amounts of aluminium from foods and water regularly, elevated levels can be of concern. Some studies have suggested a potential link between high levels of aluminium exposure and neurological disorders, although definitive conclusions remain debated within the scientific community.
It’s also worth noting that during certain processes, like welding or grinding of aluminium, fumes or fine particulates can be released. Inhaling these fumes or dust can be harmful, but this is a concern related to the processing method rather than the material’s inherent properties.
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