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Aluminium / Aluminum 5050 Alloy (UNS A95050)

Updated by Reginald Davey 11/07/23

Aluminum 5050 alloy is a wrought type alloy with good resistance to many environmental conditions and corrosion. It has excellent workability and durability. This alloy is used in multiple industries to manufacture a wide range of components.

Aluminum 5050 Alloy

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The following datasheet will provide more details about aluminum  5050 alloy.

Chemical Composition

The following table shows the chemical composition of Aluminium / Aluminum  5050 alloy.

Element Content (%)
Aluminium / Aluminum , Al 98.6
Magnesium, Mg 1.4

Physical Properties

The physical properties of Aluminium / Aluminum  5050 alloy are outlined in the following table.

Properties Metric Imperial
Density 2.69 g/cm3 0.0971 lb/in³

Mechanical Properties

The mechanical properties of Aluminium / Aluminum  5050 alloy are tabulated below.

Properties Metric Imperial
Elastic modulus 70-80 Gpa 10152-11603 ksi
Poisson’s ratio 0.33 0.33

Thermal Properties

The thermal properties of Aluminium / Aluminum  5050 alloy are tabulated below.

Properties Conditions
T (ºC) Treatment
Thermal conductivity 191 W/mK 25 H38
Thermal expansion 23.6 x 10-6/°C 20-100 -

Corrosion Resistance

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Magnesium and chromium in the alloy enhance its corrosion resistance, making it ideal for applications that are exposed to weathering and salty marine environments. This makes aluminum 5050 alloy an ideal choice for durable, low-maintenance products in multiple industries.

Heat Resistance

UNS A95050 can withstand temperatures up to 300oC for extended periods of time. This is at no cost to its structural integrity and performance. As well as its impressive heat resistance, aluminum 5050 has good oxidation resistance. This adds further value to its use as an industrial alloy.

Due to its ability to withstand oxidation, there is no need for additional coatings on components constructed from this alloy. Moreover, this material property prolongs the lifetime of end products.

Heat Treatment

The wear resistance and strength of aluminum 5050 alloy can be improved using UNS A95050 heat treatment. This method employs high temperatures for a short period of time and is comparable to annealing. The material’s microstructure is changed, enhancing its resistance to fatigue cracking and corrosion.

Aluminum 5050 Alloy Equivalents

  • ASTM B209
  • ASTM B210
  • ASTM B313
  • ASTM B483
  • ASTM B547
  • ASTM B548
  • SAE J454

Applications

Due to its versatility, aluminum 5050 alloy is used in a wide range of applications. One of its primary uses is in the automotive industry, where it finds application as a lightweight alloy for components such as hoods and doors.

An eminently workable material, aluminum 5050 is a popular alloy in the manufacturing industry, where it is worked into products with varying shapes and sizes. Its malleability, strength, and, importantly, cost-effectiveness make it a premier choice for low-cost and high-quality components.

Aluminum 5050 alloy has also seen increasing use in construction and home improvement in recent years due to its longevity and minimal maintenance needs, replacing many traditional construction materials.

In Summary

Aluminum 5050 alloy is a durable, workable, and versatile material with excellent thermal, oxidation, and corrosion resistance, making it an ideal choice for many important industrial applications. Several equivalents exist which are in common use in manufacturing, and research is ongoing into new variants of this important alloy.

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Reginald Davey

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Reg Davey is a freelance copywriter and editor based in Nottingham in the United Kingdom. Writing for AZoNetwork represents the coming together of various interests and fields he has been interested and involved in over the years, including Microbiology, Biomedical Sciences, and Environmental Science.

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