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The differences between aluminum alloy and stainless steel

Aluminum alloy has a low density but high strength, comparable to or even surpassing high-quality steel. It has good plasticity and can be processed into various profiles. It also has excellent conductivity, thermal conductivity, and corrosion resistance, making it widely used in industry, with usage second only to steel.

Some aluminum alloys can be heat-treated to obtain good mechanical, physical, and corrosion resistance properties. Heat treatable alloys are characterized by high hardness but poor plasticity. However, they have poor corrosion resistance and soften quickly at high temperatures. They also have excellent thermal plasticity and are suitable for forging, hence they are also called forgeable aluminum alloys.

Stainless steel is mainly composed of nickel and chromium, making it resistant to corrosion. When there is a requirement for corrosion resistance in the production of certain products, stainless steel is typically used. Additionally, stainless steel can be processed to achieve a desired appearance, which is often more aesthetically pleasing and smoother than aluminum alloy.

However, stainless steel is more expensive than aluminum alloy. 


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Aluminum Alloy Profiles:

Aluminum and aluminum alloy materials obtained through extrusion processing can be formed into sheets, bars, and various special-shaped profiles. They can be widely used in new materials for construction, transportation, aerospace, and other fields.

Aluminum-plastic Plate:

Aluminum-plastic plate is a new type of material composed of 3003 aluminum-manganese alloy or 5005 aluminum-magnesium alloy sheets with surface treatment and coated paint, and a PE plastic core layer, which are processed and compounded through a series of processes.

It retains the main characteristics of the original composition materials (aluminum alloy sheets, non-metallic polyethylene plastics), overcomes the shortcomings of the original composition materials, and obtains many excellent material properties.

Product features: decorative, weather-resistant, corrosion-resistant, impact-resistant, fire-resistant, moisture-proof, soundproof, heat-insulating, earthquake-resistant, lightweight, easy to process and shape, easy to transport and install, etc.

Differences between Aluminum and Stainless Steel:

Aluminum is a silver-white lightweight metal with ductility. Stainless steel, also known as acid-resistant steel, refers to steels that are resistant to weak corrosive media such as air, steam, and water, or steels that have stainless properties.

Aluminum is a reactive metal that can form an oxide film to prevent metal corrosion in humid air. Aluminum powder can burn vigorously in air when heated, emitting a dazzling white flame. Stainless steel refers to steels that are resistant to corrosion by weak corrosive media such as air, steam, water, acid, alkali, salt, etc. The corrosion resistance of stainless steel depends on the alloying elements contained in the steel.

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Aluminum is a silver-white lightweight metal with ductility. It is commonly produced in the form of columns, bars, sheets, foils, powders, strips, and wires. It can form an oxide film to prevent metal corrosion in humid air. Aluminum powder treated with acid can burn vigorously in air, emitting a dazzling white flame. It is soluble in dilute sulfuric acid, dilute nitric acid, hydrochloric acid, sodium hydroxide, and potassium hydroxide solutions, but insoluble in water. However, it can react slowly with hot water to produce aluminum hydroxide.


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