1050 aluminium alloy is an aluminium-based alloy in the “commercially pure” wrought family (1000 or 1xxx series). As a wrought alloy, it is not used in castings. Instead, it is usually formed by extrusion or rolling. It is commonly used in the electrical and chemical industries, on account of having high electrical conductivity, corrosion resistance, and workability. 1050 alloy is also sometimes used for the manufacture of heat sinks, since it has a higher thermal conductivity than other alloys. It has low mechanical strength compared to more significantly alloyed metals. It can be strengthened by cold working, but not by heat treatment.
The most common temper for 1050 aluminium is:
H14 – work hardened by rolling to half hard, not annealed after rolling
Applications of Aluminium Alloy 1050
Aluminium alloy 1050 is used for:
Chemical process plant equipment
Food industry containers