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Aluminium 6060/ 3,3206/ Al Mg Si 0,5 - thick plate

Aluminium 6060/ 3,3206/ Al Mg Si 0,5 - thick plate

Aluminium 6060/ 3,3206/ Al Mg Si 0,5 - thick plate

(OP)
Hi there,

We have some cooling shells we use with ethanol as a coolant.

Because its thermal conductivity and resistance to corrosion we have selected the Alu 6060 (Aluminium 6060/ 3,3206/ Al Mg Si 0,5)

The problem we are having is finding thick plates (60mm - 2.4inches)

We are based in Germany but we could get it from any place

Does anybody know where to get it?

thanks
regards,

RE: Aluminium 6060/ 3,3206/ Al Mg Si 0,5 - thick plate

drodrig...

Typically I'd say you would have to arrange a special production [mill] 'run' of the 6060-( ) plate with a reputable raw-aluminum producer.

However, I searched 6060 in several of my normal resources and found VERY FEW specifications... all non-US. ALSO, ALL of the specifications [that quickly I found] were for extruded profiles... NO plate what-so-ever.

Now, IF You were specifying 6061... how many tons do You need...?

Regards, Wil Taylor

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RE: Aluminium 6060/ 3,3206/ Al Mg Si 0,5 - thick plate

(OP)
It seems not easy to find

I just need like 1-2 m2 (10-20 square feet) of the plates with 60mm

6060 was chosen because its good thermal conductivity and alcohol corrosion resistance, would the 6061 be good?

cheers,

RE: Aluminium 6060/ 3,3206/ Al Mg Si 0,5 - thick plate

drodrig...

Your call. Suggestion...

A clue from the past... when many factors collide, and present an analytical or logistical quandary... in this case a material selection VS a fluid environment VS availability... especially for a unique requirement that may be critical{?]... then suggest You get sample materials and do realistic lab TESTING.

CAUTION. IF fluid is flowing and/or subjected to potential air intrusion, or other contaminates... then introduce those elements for a realistic test.

NOTE. Aluminum extruded bars/shapes, under specific circumstances [by a reputable process/vendor], can be friction stir welded together to essentially make a plate. RE AWS D17.3. Aerospace companies are creating monolithic sheet/plate parts this way.

Regards, Wil Taylor

o Trust - But Verify!
o We believe to be true what we prefer to be true. [Unknown]
o For those who believe, no proof is required; for those who cannot believe, no proof is possible. [variation,Stuart Chase]
o Unfortunately, in science what You 'believe' is irrelevant. ["Orion", Homebuiltairplanes.com forum]

RE: Aluminium 6060/ 3,3206/ Al Mg Si 0,5 - thick plate

6060 is difficult to find in plate form because it is most commonly used for extrusions.

The closest composition you're going to find in simple plate form is likely 6063- I would investigate sourcing 6063 instead, if it meets your requirements.

RE: Aluminium 6060/ 3,3206/ Al Mg Si 0,5 - thick plate

(OP)
I checked the 6063, it is also fine, but also not available in plates 60mm thick

thanks to everybody

RE: Aluminium 6060/ 3,3206/ Al Mg Si 0,5 - thick plate

Buy thicker bars and mill them?

60mm is not a standard plate thickness available off the shelf.

RE: Aluminium 6060/ 3,3206/ Al Mg Si 0,5 - thick plate

(OP)
it should have on the other dimensions at least 300mm. the only option I found is the 6082

RE: Aluminium 6060/ 3,3206/ Al Mg Si 0,5 - thick plate

MIC 6 cast plate could be an option, you can find thicknesses up to 4". You will take a hit on the thermal conductivity vs 6063 though.

RE: Aluminium 6060/ 3,3206/ Al Mg Si 0,5 - thick plate

(OP)
Looks like a nice option, but the thermal conductivity is like 30% lower
thanks

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