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Introducing the ultimate solution to your construction needs! Our Aluminium 2 x 1.1/2 x 1/8 U Channel Sections are perfectly designed to cater to all your requirements, offering exceptional strength and durability. The 3.2mm wall thickness is guaranteed to withstand any adverse environmental conditions, ensuring its longevity. What’s more, its malleable nature will allow it to be effortlessly adapted into any desired form. Be it load-bearing beams, framing or trusses; this product is the perfect fit for a wide range of applications. Not only is it incredibly sturdy, but it is also lightweight, corrosion-resistant, and recyclable- all while maintaining its eye-catching shiny finish. Don’t miss out on this innovative product that will provide you with both practicality and aesthetic appeal. Order your Aluminium 2 x 1.1/2 x 1/8 U Channel Sections today!
Aluminum 2 x 1.1/2 x 1/8 U Channel sections from Specialty Metals are an efficient solution for building lightweight structures that are strong and durable. Aluminum offers the perfect balance between strength and malleability that allows craftsmen to create uniquely shaped sections without compromising the structural integrity of a project. Even in harsh environments, its corrosion-resistant properties keep structures in top condition, making it the perfect material for outdoor use. As a natural resource, aluminum is easy to recycle and helps reduce the impact of carbon dioxide on the environment. In addition, aluminum provides a beautiful shine that enhances the aesthetic appeal of projects. You can build efficient, sustainable and long-lasting structures using Speciality Metals’ Aluminum U Channel sections with dimensions of 2″ x 1.1/2″ x 1/8″ (3.2mm) wall thickness.
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When considering the compatibility of aluminum U channels with other metals, the potential for galvanic corrosion stands out. Galvanic corrosion arises when two differing metals are in electrical contact within a moist environment. Aluminum, being galvanically active, can corrode faster when in proximity to more noble metals like copper or stainless steel. Conversely, when coupled with metals like zinc, aluminum tends to be the less reactive partner. To circumvent this corrosive threat, direct contact between aluminum and more noble metals in damp settings should be avoided. Implementing insulating barriers, such as rubber or plastic washers, can help prevent direct metal-to-metal interactions. Additionally, using protective coatings can shield the metals from moisture, reducing the risk. In essence, while aluminum U channels can integrate with various metals, it’s pivotal to be vigilant of galvanic reactions and employ protective strategies to ensure a durable and stable assembly.
Disposing of old or unused aluminum U channels should ideally leverage the recyclability of aluminum, a material celebrated for its ability to be recycled without degradation in quality. Instead of relegating it to a landfill, consider taking the U channel to a local metal recycling facility. Aluminum recycling not only conserves energy—recycling aluminum requires only 5% of the energy used to produce the original primary metal—but it also reduces the strain on natural resources. If recycling isn’t immediately viable, another option is to repurpose or donate the U channels. Organisations, artisans, or local community projects might find use for them. Alternatively, sell them as scrap; many scrap yards will purchase aluminum due to its value. Before disposal or recycling, ensure that any contaminants, coatings, or attachments are properly removed or that the recycling facility is informed. In essence, the sustainable and environmentally-conscious approach would be to recycle, repurpose, or reuse aluminum U channels rather than simply discard them.
Aluminum Fasteners: Using fasteners made from the same material as the U channel (i.e., aluminum) eliminates the risk of galvanic corrosion. They are lightweight and offer a uniform appearance.
Stainless Steel Fasteners: Stainless steel screws and bolts are corrosion-resistant and are commonly used with aluminum. However, there’s a risk of galvanic corrosion when aluminum and stainless steel are in direct contact, especially in moist environments. Using a plastic or rubber washer can help reduce this risk.
Galvanised Fasteners: These are steel fasteners coated with zinc. While they are corrosion-resistant, zinc can cause galvanic corrosion in contact with aluminum, especially if the zinc coating is compromised.
Nylon or Plastic Fasteners: In applications where strength isn’t a primary concern and where you want to completely avoid metal-to-metal contact, nylon or other plastic fasteners can be an option.
Brass Fasteners: They can be used with aluminum, but like stainless steel, there’s a risk of galvanic corrosion. The risk is higher with brass, so they are less commonly used for this application.
Coated Fasteners: Some fasteners come with coatings (like a rubberised or paint layer) that act as a barrier, preventing the base metal of the screw from coming into contact with the aluminum.
Check out our blog discussing different applications for aluminium U channel. It will prove a useful read to help you to make an informed decision on which material would work best for you.
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