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Industrial Aluminum Tube Benefits & Applications

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We've talked at length about the benefits and applications of stainless steel tubing. Now, what makes aluminum tube such a strong competitor to the world's most popular industrial metal? 

Here are the major benefits and common applications of aluminum.

Industrial Benefits of Aluminum Tube

Low Pressure Drops - In systems with pressurized fluids, aluminum keeps pressure stable throughout the tubing. 

Lightweight - Steel weighs 3x more than aluminum at equal volume. 

Conductive - Aluminum transfers heat extremely well.

Recyclable - Using aluminum means your environmental impact is small. 

Price vs. Copper - Copper is approximately 4x the cost of aluminum.

Corrosion Resistant - Aluminum naturally forms its own oxide coating, which protects against corrosion. It can also be coated or anodized for extra resistance.

No Threading or Soldering Required - Aluminum tube is less likely to leak or fail. 

Shiny - Great for both functional and aesthetic use.

Common Aluminum Tube Applications

1.  Aerospace & Transportation

  • Fuselage
  • Hydraulic Systems
  • Frames
  • Railing
  • Bus Conductors
  • Fuel Lines

2.  Heat Exchangers & Heat Sinks

  • Bus Conductors
  • Steam Generators
  • Reboilers
  • Waste Heat Recovery
  • Engines

3.  Fasteners & Fittings

  • Store Fixtures
  • Safety Barriers

4.  Pressure Vessels

  • Boilers
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Storage Tanks
  • Submarines
  • Refineries
  • Compressed air systems

5.  Structures

  • Architectural Trim
  • Outdoor Structures
  • Handrails
  • Framing & Supports
  • Fencing
  • Signage

 

Like steel, aluminum has its pros and cons. Your application will decide which material is right for you - although your manufacturer may be able to creatively engineer something just for you. 

Related: Aluminum vs. Stainless Steel: Which Is Right for You?
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