Aluminium Alloys - Aluminium 6082 Properties, Fabrication and Applications, Supplier Data by Aalco

Topics Covered

    Chemical Composition of Aluminium alloy 6082
Properties of Aluminium alloy 6082
    Mechanical Properties of Aluminium alloy 6082
    Physical Properties of Aluminium alloy 6082
Alloy Designations
Fabrication of Aluminium alloy 6082
    Fabrication Response
Applications of Aluminium alloy 6082
Supplied Forms


Aluminium alloy 6082 is a medium strength alloy with excellent corrosion resistance. It has the highest strength of the 6000 series alloys. Alloy 6082 is known as a structural alloy. In plate form, Aluminium alloy 6082 is the alloy most commonly used for machining.

As a relatively new alloy, the higher strength of Aluminium alloy 6082 has seen it replace 6061 in many applications. The addition of a large amount of manganese controls the grain structure which in turn results in a stronger alloy.

In the T6 and T651 temper, Aluminium alloy 6082 machines well and produces tight coils of swarf when chip breakers are used.

Chemical Composition of Aluminium alloy 6082

Table 1. Chemical composition for aluminium alloy 6082

Element % Present
Si 0.7-1.3
Fe 0.0-0.5
Cu 0.0-0.1
Mn 0.4-1.0
Mg 0.6-1.2
Zn 0.0-0.2
Ti 0.0-0.1
Cr 0.0-0.25
Al Balance

Properties of Aluminium alloy 6082

Mechanical Properties of Aluminium alloy 6082

Table 2. Mechanical properties for aluminium alloy 6082

Temper Proof Stress 0.20% (MPa) Tensile Strength (MPa) Shear Strength (MPa) Elongation A5 (%) Elongation A50 (%) Hardness Brinell HB Hardness Vickers HV Fatigue Endur. Limit (MPa)
O 60 130 85 27 26 35 35 120
T1 170 260 155 24 24 70 75 200
T4 170 260 170 19 19 70 75 200
T5 275 325 195 11 11 90 95 210
T6 310 340 210 11 11 95 100 210

Physical Properties of Aluminium alloy 6082

Table 3. Physical properties for aluminium alloy 6082

Property Value
Density 2700 kg/m3
Melting Point 555°C
Modulus of Elasticity 70 GPa
Electrical Resistivity 0.038x10-6 Ω.m
Thermal Conductivity 180 W/m.K
Thermal Expansion 24x10-6 /K

Alloy Designations

Aluminium alloy 6082 also corresponds to the following standard designations and specifications:

  • AA6082
  • HE30
  • DIN 3.2315
  • EN AW-6082
  • ISO: Al Si1MgMn
  • A96082

Fabrication of Aluminium alloy 6082


Aluminium alloy 6082 has very good weldability but strength is lowered in the weld zone. When welded to itself, alloy 4043 wire is recommended. If welding Aluminium alloy 6082 to 7005, then the wire used should be alloy 5356.

Fabrication Response

Table 4. Fabrication response for aluminium alloy 6082

Process Rating
Workability - Cold Good
Machinability Good
Weldability – Gas Good
Weldability – Arc Good
Weldability – Resistance Good
Brazability Good
Solderability Good


The most common tempers for Aluminium alloy 6082 are:

  • O – annealed wrought alloy
  • T4 – Solution heat treated and naturally aged
  • T6 – Solution heat treated and artificially aged
  • T651 - Solution heat treated, stress relieved by stretching and then artificially aged

Applications of Aluminium alloy 6082

Aluminium alloy 6082 is used in:

  • High stress applications
  • Trusses
  • Bridges
  • Cranes
  • Transport applications
  • Ore skips
  • Beer barrels
  • Milk churns

Supplied Forms

Aluminium alloy 6082 is available from Aalco in the following forms with a T6 temper:

  • Square bar
  • Square box section
  • Rectangular box section
  • Channel
  • Tee section
  • Equal angle
  • Unequal angle
  • Flat bar
  • Tube
  • Sheet

Aalco also supply Aluminium alloy 6082-T651 as:

  • Plate
  • Shate
  • Sheet
  • Bar
  • Tube
  • Extrusions

Source: Aalco

For more information on this source please visit Aalco


This Data is indicative only and must not be seen as a substitute for the full specification from which it is drawn. In particular, the mechanical property requirements vary widely with temper, product and product dimensions. The information is based on our present knowledge and is given in good faith. However, no liability will be accepted by the Company is respect of any action taken by any third party in reliance thereon.

As the products detailed may be used for a wide variety of purposes and as the Company has no control over their use; the Company specifically excludes all conditions or warranties expressed or implied by statute or otherwise as to dimensions, properties and/or fitness for any particular purpose.

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Date Added: Apr 21, 2005 | Updated: Mar 17, 2015
  1. Beerappa K Beerappa K India says:

    Could any one tell me ,how many standards are there for material specifications and which are those ...............?

    thanks in advance .

  2. Maggie van Rooyen Maggie van Rooyen South Africa says:

    How do you hardened Aluminium 6082. Is it possible for more detail on this subject?

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