Bending Components for the Construction Industry
Aluminum profiles are widely used in the construction industry. Aluminum’s strength, low density, corrosion resistance and design flexibility make it an ideal material for structural applications, from louvre blades and solar shading to structural supports in roofing systems. About half of all aluminium profiles produced in the UK are used in construction industry
- commercial windows
- curtain walling
- patent glazing
- road furniture and signs
- architectural hardware
- heating and ventilation
- expansion joints
- and car park barriers
We use curved aluminium profiles in construction, architecture, transportation and engineering, as well as consumer products such as lighting solutions. The mere possibility of integrating these contours into the building gives designers more creative freedom. There are a few things you need to know before designing a curved aluminum profile, though.
Effect of Additional Features on Curved Construction Components
Consider how features such as snap connections, threaded channels and heat sinks, which can significantly simplify the production and assembly of the product, can affect the bending process.
For example, since the thickness of different parts of the extrusion affects the bendability of the cross-section, a uniform wall thickness has advantages in both extrusion and bending. The same applies to symmetry: when creating a profile, you should try to create as much symmetry in the profile as possible.
Profiles with wall thicknesses from 2 to 15 mm can be bent with bending radii as small as 300 mm. However, bending possibilities vary by profile and must be considered individually.
Curved Aluminium Windows
The window market has grown and diversified. The high strength and low overall weight of aluminum extrusion profiles make them suitable for a variety of window styles, and the profiles are thinner than wood or UPVC without compromising safety, security or durability. In public housing, many local authorities specify aluminium as an alternative to wood or steel because it can be used in a variety of styles while maintaining the integrity of anything from high-rise apartment buildings to listed buildings. Other benefits in such applications include minimal maintenance and high resistance to vandalism and fire damage.
Formed aluminium Facades
The Council of Aluminium Bending have recently posted a fantastic article about the use of aluminium in facades and other construction markets.
Aluminium, strong and very light, works perfectly with glass to create a building envelope. Glazing with an aluminium support structure can be easy to clean and maintain with good weathering characteristics. Correctly designed, it can offer unpowered natural ventilation for the interior, can harness solar energy for heating as well as incorporating high levels of insulation and shading when the sunshine is out, keeping the buildings occupants comfortable all year round.
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