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Have you been searching for a versatile material that’s perfect for your next project? Look no further than the 9.53mm Width x 6.35mm Thick Flat Bar Aluminium Strip by Speciality Metals. This UK-supplied strip comes in various lengths, making it easy to customise to fit your specific needs. Not only is aluminium incredibly durable and resistant to corrosion, weather, and chemicals, it’s also a fantastic conductor of heat and electricity. Plus, the strip’s hygienic properties make it perfect for use in food and medical applications. And with its lightweight, flexible and recyclable nature, you can feel good about choosing aluminium for your next project.
We offer a wide selection of aluminium 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.
When it comes to sturdy and reliable metal strips, aluminium is a top choice. Speciality Metals, a UK supplier, offers a 9.53mm width x 6.35mm thick flat bar aluminium strip that comes in various lengths. What sets this particular aluminium strip apart from others is its impressive durability and corrosion resistance, as well as its ability to withstand weather, chemicals and heat. Another benefit of using aluminium strip is its good conductivity of both heat and electricity. Plus, it has hygienic properties that make it a popular choice in food and medical industries. Not to mention its lightweight and flexible nature that makes it easy to work with. And when it’s time for disposal, it’s recyclable. Choose aluminium strip for your next project for a metal that truly has it all.
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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Choosing aluminium strip over other metals can be influenced by a combination of factors related to the properties, benefits and applications of aluminium. Here are some reasons why one might opt for aluminium strip over other metals:
Lightweight: Aluminium is notably lightweight compared to many other metals, which makes it ideal for applications where reducing weight is essential, such as in the aerospace or automotive industries.
Corrosion Resistance: Aluminium forms a protective oxide layer naturally when exposed to air, which helps resist corrosion, especially in environments that might corrode other metals.
Malleability and Formability: Aluminium is a soft and malleable metal, which makes it easy to form into various shapes, including strips. This malleability makes it ideal for intricate designs and applications.
Conductivity: Aluminium conducts electricity and heat well. While its electrical conductivity is not as high as copper, its weight-to-conductivity ratio can make it a preferred choice for some applications, like power lines.
Reflectivity: Aluminium reflects radiant energy effectively, making it an excellent choice for reflective surfaces or heat shields.
Non-magnetic: Aluminium is non-magnetic, which can be crucial in electronic applications or other scenarios where magnetic fields can be disruptive.
Recyclability: Aluminium is 100% recyclable and retains its properties after recycling. This feature reduces the environmental impact and can make aluminium a more sustainable choice over other materials.
Cost-Effective: Depending on market conditions and the specific application, aluminium can be a cost-effective choice compared to other metals like copper or stainless steel.
Temperature Resilience: Aluminium retains its toughness and is not brittle at low temperatures, making it suitable for cold environments.
Compatibility with Various Finishes: Aluminium strips can be easily coated, painted, anodised or treated for enhanced appearance, additional corrosion resistance, or specific functionalities.
Thermal Expansion: Aluminium has a uniform coefficient of thermal expansion, making it a good choice for applications that experience temperature variations.
Cutting aluminium strip can be accomplished using various methods, depending on the thickness of the strip, the precision required and the tools available. Here are some common methods for cutting aluminium strip:
Hand Shears (Tin Snips): For thin aluminium strips, hand shears or tin snips can be used. These are manual tools that function like scissors, but they’re designed for cutting metal.
Hacksaw: A regular hacksaw with a fine-toothed blade can be used to cut aluminium strips. Lubricating the blade with cutting oil or soapy water can help make the cutting smoother.
Circular Saw: For thicker aluminium strips or for making multiple cuts, a circular saw equipped with a carbide-tipped blade designed for cutting non-ferrous metals can be effective. Remember to wear appropriate safety gear and use a cutting lubricant to reduce friction.
Jigsaw: A jigsaw with a metal-cutting blade can be used for cutting curves or more intricate shapes in aluminium strips. Again, using a cutting lubricant can be beneficial.
Band Saw: If you have access to a band saw, it can be one of the best tools for cutting aluminium strip, especially for thicker materials. Use a fine-toothed blade suitable for metal.
Guillotine or Shearing Machine: For industrial or large-scale projects, a mechanical guillotine or shearing machine can provide a clean and efficient cut.
Plasma Cutter: For very thick aluminium strips or precision applications, a plasma cutter can be used. This method involves less physical force and can provide a cleaner cut but requires specific equipment and expertise.
Tips and Precautions:
Secure the Material: Always ensure the aluminium strip is securely clamped down before making any cuts. This not only ensures precision but also improves safety.
Safety First: Always wear appropriate safety gear, including safety glasses and gloves, when cutting aluminium or any metal.
Clean the Edges: After cutting, aluminium strips might have sharp or burr edges. Use a file or sandpaper to smooth and deburr the edges.
Lubricate: Using a lubricant (like cutting oil or soapy water) can reduce friction, make the cutting process smoother, and extend the life of your cutting tools.
Check for Warping: Aluminium is softer than many other metals, and excessive force or heat can cause it to warp. Use steady, even pressure and let the tool do the work.
Yes, aluminium strip can be bent or shaped, and one of the main advantages of aluminium is its malleability. This property allows it to be formed into various shapes without breaking. Here’s how you can bend or shape aluminium strip:
Hand Bending: For thin aluminium strips, simple hand bending might suffice. You can bend it over the edge of a table or workbench, using a piece of wood or another strip of metal as a guide.
Sheet Metal Brake: This is a tool specifically designed to create clean, linear bends in sheet metal and strips. It can handle various thicknesses, and you can achieve precise angles with it.
Using a Vice: If you don’t have a sheet metal brake, you can use a vice to clamp down the aluminium strip at the desired bend location. Once clamped, use your hands or a mallet to bend the strip to the desired angle.
Roll Bending Machines: For creating curves or cylindrical shapes, a roll bending machine, also known as a plate roll, can be used. This machine has three rollers through which the aluminium strip is passed, gradually creating a curve.
Form Blocks: For more complex or specific shapes, you can use a form block, which is essentially a mold around which you shape the aluminium. This method might involve hammering the aluminium strip around the block to achieve the desired shape.
Heat Bending: While aluminium can usually be bent at room temperature, in some cases, gentle heating can help, especially if the strip is thick or if a tight radius is required. Be cautious, though; excessive heat can alter the properties of the aluminium. Use a propane torch and move it continuously to avoid overheating any single area.
Tips and Considerations:
Bending Radius: Aluminium has a minimum bend radius (the smallest radius you can bend without causing a crack). This radius depends on the specific alloy and the temper (hardness) of the aluminium. Always consider this before bending.
Springback: Aluminium has a property called “springback,” meaning it will try to return to its original shape after bending. To achieve a precise angle, you might need to bend the strip slightly past the desired angle, allowing for this springback.
Annealing: If you find the aluminium strip too hard to bend, it might be in a “work-hardened” state. You can anneal or soften it by heating it evenly until it’s malleable, then letting it cool. However, be cautious, as over-annealing can weaken the material.
Avoid Sharp Bends: Trying to bend aluminium strip sharply can lead to cracks. If a tight bend is required, consider using a bending method that involves heat or ensure you have an aluminium alloy that’s suited for such bends.
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