ALUMINIUM HEAT TREATMENT
CAN YOU BEND TEMPERED ALUMINIUM?
Heat Treatment is an important step in finishing many aluminium components.
Bending will always work better at T4, but on many occasions this will be too soft for the final use. Hardening to T6 might be necessary for a component to be fit for use.
In some cases this is absolutely critical to the component, such as in structural uses.
This is why we have invested so much into our heat treatment processes, it allows us to produce components in house that meet strict tolerances, including hardness.
- Oven Capacity of 7.5m Lengths
- Controlled Heat Treatment
- Accurate Tempers
In House Treatment
We always prefer to do things inhouse. The control and consistency inhouse production provides outweighs the initial investment by leagues.
This includes heat treatment.
Renting space in a 7m long oven would add a considerable cost to the final bill. But by doing in inhouse, and in our purpose designed oven, we can greatly reduce this costs along with the lead time needed when outsourcing.
Bending T4 Aluminium
When bending T4 aluminium, it is important to consider the material’s tempering state and mechanical properties. Proper tooling and equipment must be employed to achieve the desired bend radius without causing cracks or deformation.
By carefully controlling the bending process, we ensure that T4 aluminium retains its strength and performance. Our attention to detail and adherence to industry standards guarantee high-quality, accurately bent T4 aluminium components that meet your specifications.
Whether you require precision bending for T4 aluminium profiles or curved components, our specialized capabilities and knowledge ensure exceptional results. Trust us to deliver superior bending solutions for your T4 aluminium applications.
Bending T6 Aluminium
Bending T6 aluminium requires specific techniques to achieve optimal results. T6 aluminium, also known as solution heat-treated and artificially aged aluminium, offers excellent strength and hardness properties.
When bending T6 aluminium, it is crucial to consider the material’s tempering state and mechanical characteristics. Proper tooling and equipment must be employed to ensure precise bending without compromising the material’s structural integrity.
At our facility, we have the expertise and advanced bending technology to bend T6 aluminium components accurately. Our team understands the unique properties of T6 aluminium and applies specialized bending methods to achieve the desired bend radius.
By carefully controlling the bending process, we maintain the strength and performance of T6 aluminium. Our commitment to quality and adherence to industry standards ensure that the bent T6 aluminium components meet your specifications.
Whether you need precision bending for T6 aluminium profiles or curved components, you can rely on our specialized capabilities and knowledge. Trust us to deliver superior bending solutions for your T6 aluminium applications, providing you with the highest level of craftsmanship and accuracy.
What i the best aluminium temper for bending?
The best aluminum temper for bending is T4. T4 temper is a solution heat treated and artificially aged temper.
It has a slightly higher strength than O-temper, but it is still relatively easy to bend. T4 temper is also a good choice for bending because it has good dimensional stability. This means that it is less likely to warp or twist after bending.
It is important to note that the best temper for bending will also depend on the thickness and size of the aluminum. For thicker or larger pieces, it may be necessary to use a higher strength temper. It is also important to use the correct bending radius for the material. Bending too sharply can cause the aluminum to crack.
Here are some tips for bending aluminum:
- Use a bending radius that is at least twice the thickness of the aluminum.
- Use a sharp bending tool.
- Bend the aluminum slowly and carefully.
- Do not bend the aluminum too sharply.
- If the aluminum starts to crack, stop bending and try again with a larger bending radius.
Can you bend T6 Aluminium?
Yes, it is possible to bend T6 aluminum, but it is important to take precautions to avoid cracking or breaking the material. T6 aluminum is a precipitation-hardened temper, which means that it has been heat treated to increase its strength and hardness. This also makes it more brittle, so it is more prone to cracking when bent.
To bend T6 aluminum without cracking it, it is important to use a large enough bending radius. The bending radius should be at least twice the thickness of the aluminum. It is also important to bend the aluminum slowly and carefully. Do not try to bend the aluminum too sharply, as this can cause the material to crack.
Can curved components be tempered?
Yes, curved components can be tempered. However, it is important to take precautions to avoid cracking or breaking the material. The tempering process involves heating the material to a specific temperature and then cooling it slowly. This can cause the material to shrink, which can put stress on the curved components. If the stress is too great, the components can crack or break.
To avoid cracking or breaking curved components during tempering, it is important to use a slow cooling rate. This can be done by using a furnace with a controlled cooling rate or by air cooling the material. It is also important to use a tempering temperature that is appropriate for the material. Overheating the material can cause it to lose its strength and ductility.
Can curved aluminium be structural?
Yes, curved aluminium can be structural. In fact, it is often used in a variety of structural applications, such as:
- Building facades
- Wind turbines
Curved aluminium is a strong and lightweight material that is well-suited for structural applications. It is also resistant to corrosion and requires little maintenance, making it a cost-effective choice for long-term use.
When used in structural applications, curved aluminium is typically made from high-strength alloys that have been heat treated to increase their strength and durability. The aluminium is also often coated with a protective finish to prevent corrosion.
Curved aluminium can be used to create a variety of structural shapes, including arches, domes, and cylinders. It can also be used to create complex structures with curved surfaces.
The use of curved aluminium in structural applications is growing as architects and engineers look for new ways to create lightweight, sustainable, and aesthetically pleasing structures.