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2017-T4 Aluminum vs. 6061-T6 Aluminum

Both 2017-T4 aluminum and 6061-T6 aluminum are aluminum alloys. They have a very high 96% of their average alloy composition in common. There are 31 material properties with values for both materials. Properties with values for just one material (1, in this case) are not shown.

For each property being compared, the top bar is 2017-T4 aluminum and the bottom bar is 6061-T6 aluminum.

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Mechanical Properties

Brinell Hardness 110
93
Elastic (Young's, Tensile) Modulus, GPa 71
69
Elongation at Break, % 18
10
Fatigue Strength, MPa 130
96
Poisson's Ratio 0.33
0.33
Shear Modulus, GPa 27
26
Shear Strength, MPa 260
210
Tensile Strength: Ultimate (UTS), MPa 420
310
Tensile Strength: Yield (Proof), MPa 260
270

Thermal Properties

Latent Heat of Fusion, J/g 390
400
Maximum Temperature: Mechanical, °C 190
170
Melting Completion (Liquidus), °C 640
650
Melting Onset (Solidus), °C 510
580
Specific Heat Capacity, J/kg-K 880
900
Thermal Conductivity, W/m-K 150
170
Thermal Expansion, µm/m-K 24
24

Electrical Properties

Electrical Conductivity: Equal Volume, % IACS 38
43
Electrical Conductivity: Equal Weight (Specific), % IACS 110
140

Otherwise Unclassified Properties

Base Metal Price, % relative 10
9.5
Density, g/cm3 3.0
2.7
Embodied Carbon, kg CO2/kg material 8.0
8.3
Embodied Energy, MJ/kg 150
150
Embodied Water, L/kg 1140
1180

Common Calculations

Resilience: Ultimate (Unit Rupture Work), MJ/m3 66
30
Resilience: Unit (Modulus of Resilience), kJ/m3 470
520
Stiffness to Weight: Axial, points 13
14
Stiffness to Weight: Bending, points 46
50
Strength to Weight: Axial, points 39
31
Strength to Weight: Bending, points 42
37
Thermal Diffusivity, m2/s 56
68
Thermal Shock Resistance, points 18
14

Alloy Composition

Aluminum (Al), % 91.6 to 95.5
95.9 to 98.6
Chromium (Cr), % 0 to 0.1
0.040 to 0.35
Copper (Cu), % 3.5 to 4.5
0.15 to 0.4
Iron (Fe), % 0 to 0.7
0 to 0.7
Magnesium (Mg), % 0.4 to 0.8
0.8 to 1.2
Manganese (Mn), % 0.4 to 1.0
0 to 0.15
Silicon (Si), % 0.2 to 0.8
0.4 to 0.8
Titanium (Ti), % 0 to 0.15
0 to 0.15
Zinc (Zn), % 0 to 0.25
0 to 0.25
Residuals, % 0 to 0.15
0 to 0.15