# 1060 Aluminum vs. MDF

1060 aluminum and MDF belong to fundamentally different material chemistries. 1060 aluminum is a metal, while MDF is a polymeric material. Therefore, their performance will be even more dissimilar than would be suggested by the difference in properties. There are 15 material properties with values for both materials. Properties with values for just one material (18, 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.

For each property being compared, the top bar is 1060 aluminum and the bottom bar is MDF.

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## Mechanical Properties

Elastic (Young's, Tensile) Modulus, GPa | 68 | |

4.0 |

Elongation at Break, % | 1.1 to 30 | |

0.5 |

Poisson's Ratio | 0.33 | |

0.25 |

Shear Modulus, GPa | 26 | |

2.5 |

Tensile Strength: Ultimate (UTS), MPa | 67 to 130 | |

18 |

## Thermal Properties

Specific Heat Capacity, J/kg-K | 900 | |

1700 |

Thermal Conductivity, W/m-K | 230 | |

0.3 |

Thermal Expansion, µm/m-K | 24 | |

12 |

## Otherwise Unclassified Properties

Density, g/cm^{3} |
2.7 | |

0.75 |

## Common Calculations

Stiffness to Weight: Axial, points | 14 | |

3.0 |

Stiffness to Weight: Bending, points | 50 | |

71 |

Strength to Weight: Axial, points | 6.9 to 13 | |

6.7 |

Strength to Weight: Bending, points | 14 to 21 | |

20 |

Thermal Diffusivity, mm^{2}/s |
96 | |

0.24 |

Thermal Shock Resistance, points | 3.0 to 5.6 | |

27 |