By Christian Vargel

This booklet highlights the sensible and normal elements of the corrosion of aluminium alloys with many illustrations and references. as well as that, the 1st bankruptcy permits the reader who's no longer very accustomed to aluminium to appreciate the metallurgical, chemical and actual beneficial properties of the aluminium alloys. the writer Christian Vargel, has followed a practitioner technique, in line with the services and event received from a forty yr occupation in aluminium corrosion This strategy is most fitted for assessing the corrosion resistance of aluminium- an evaluate that is one of many major stipulations for the improvement of many makes use of of aluminium in delivery, development, energy transmission and so forth. * six hundred bibliographic references offer a accomplished advisor to over a hundred years of similar learn * offering useful functions to the reader throughout many industries * available to either the newbie and the professional

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1. 1. 2. 2. 3. 4. 5. 1. 2. 1. 1. 2. 3. 2. 1. 1. 2. 3. 2. 3. 4. 1. 1. 2. 2. 1. 2. 3. 4. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 1. 1. 2. 2. 3. The Classification of Aluminium Alloys References 599 601 601 PRODUCTS THAT MAY BE DANGEROUS IN CONTACT WITH ALUMINIUM 603 General References 607 Glossary 609 Index 617 Part A Aluminium and Its Alloys This page is intentionally left blank It was the chemist Louis Guyton de Morveau (1736 – 1816), a co-worker of Antoine Laurent Lavoisier (1743 – 1794), who coined the word “alumine” for one of the sulphates contained in alum.

These advantageous properties are – – – – – – – – – – lightness, thermal conductivity, electrical conductivity, suitability for surface treatments, corrosion resistance, diversity of aluminium alloys, diversity of semi-products, functional advantages of extruded and cast semi-products, ease with which aluminium can be formed, ease of recycling. 1. ” Lightness is the property of aluminium that first springs to mind, so much so that for a long time the term “light alloy” was used for what is now called “aluminium alloys”.

Since 1930, all aeroplanes have been made of aluminium alloys. They account for approximately 75% of the empty weight of modern aeroplanes. In commercial vehicles, the use of aluminium leads to a weight saving of 30– 50%, depending on the type of structure. Aluminium plays an important role in urban railways (underground, tramcars), and more recently in high-speed trains: the new double-decker high-speed train (TGV) of the French National Railway Company (SNCF) is made of aluminium, especially extruded profiles.

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