Mill Finish Aluminum 5052
Mill finish aluminum 5052 is a higher strength alloy than the 1100 or 3003 series. It offers excellent corrosion resistance and its major alloying element is magnesium. Magnesium allows for a much lower melting point without the brittleness. Aluminum 5052 is a non-heat treatable aluminum alloy.
Aluminum is created by mining bauxite ore. The bauxite ore is ground and mixed with caustic soda to create a slurry. The slurry is sent to a high-pressure container and heated to high temperatures. Aluminum oxide is dissolved by the caustic soda and separated from the slurry. This is called alumina.
Alumina is dissolved in a cryolite bath. Aluminum metal is separated from the chemical solution after an electrical current is passed through the bath. The aluminum is then sent to a furnace for further mixing to form the various alloys.
Benefits of aluminum 5052 include excellent finishing characteristics, bright anodized coatings, good corrosion resistance, and weldability. It is the alloy most suited for forming fabrication, but is not suited for extensive machining.
Aluminum 5052 is ideal for marine applications due to its superior salt water resistance. More applications are listed below.
To see which of our locations process and stock mill finish aluminum 5052 download our line cards.
Metalwest Standard Sizes
.025 – .250
36″, 48″, 60″ wide
*Additional sizes & grades available upon request. Some products and services may vary by location.
Typical uses for Aluminum 5052
Appliances, building products, bumpers, cooking utensils, electronic chassis, electronic panels, fan blades, food processing equipment, hospital and medical equipment, kitchen equipment, mail boxes, marine applications, recreational vehicles, sign components, storage tanks, tool boxes, truck and trailer components, and other high strength miscellaneous sheet metal work
Aluminum 5052 can be readily formed at room temperature and offers excellent workability and finishing characteristics