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How and why alloying elements are added to aluminum
Q: I have been informed that pure aluminum is not usually used for structural applications and that in order to produce aluminum that is of adequate strength for the manufacture of structural components, it is necessary to add other elements to the aluminum. What elements are added to these aluminum alloys? What affect do they have on the material’s performance? And in what applications are these alloys used?
Series Primary Alloying Element
1xxx Aluminum - 99.00% or Greater
6xxx Magnesium and Silicon