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Compare 6061 Aluminum to PC

6061 aluminum and PC belong to fundamentally different material chemistries. 6061 aluminum is a metal, while PC is a polymeric material. Therefore, their performance will be even more dissimilar than would be suggested by the difference in properties. There are 6 material properties with values for both materials. Properties with values for just one material (23, in this case) are not shown. Please note that the two materials have significantly dissimilar densities. This means that additional care is required when interpreting the data, because some material properties are based on units of mass, while others are based on units of area or volume.

Material Properties in Common

Density, g/cm3

6061 Aluminum 2.7
PC 1.2 to 1.4

Elongation at Break, %

6061 Aluminum 8.0 to 20
PC 3.5 to 110

Specific Heat Capacity, J/kg-K

6061 Aluminum 900
PC 1000 to 1200

Strength to Weight Ratio, kN-m/kg

6061 Aluminum 47 to 150
PC 55 to 110

Tensile Strength: Ultimate (UTS), MPa

6061 Aluminum 130 to 420
PC 66 to 160

Thermal Expansion, µm/m-K

6061 Aluminum 22
PC 10 to 69