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5657 Aluminum vs. 6060 Aluminum

Both 5657 aluminum and 6060 aluminum are aluminum alloys. Their average alloy composition is basically identical. There are 30 material properties with values for both materials. Properties with values for just one material (2, in this case) are not shown.

For each property being compared, the top bar is 5657 aluminum and the bottom bar is 6060 aluminum.

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Mechanical Properties

Elastic (Young's, Tensile) Modulus, GPa 68
68
Elongation at Break, % 6.6 to 15
9.0 to 16
Fatigue Strength, MPa 74 to 88
37 to 70
Poisson's Ratio 0.33
0.33
Shear Modulus, GPa 26
26
Shear Strength, MPa 92 to 110
86 to 130
Tensile Strength: Ultimate (UTS), MPa 150 to 200
140 to 220
Tensile Strength: Yield (Proof), MPa 140 to 170
71 to 170

Thermal Properties

Latent Heat of Fusion, J/g 400
400
Maximum Temperature: Mechanical, °C 180
160
Melting Completion (Liquidus), °C 660
660
Melting Onset (Solidus), °C 640
610
Specific Heat Capacity, J/kg-K 900
900
Thermal Conductivity, W/m-K 210
210
Thermal Expansion, µm/m-K 24
23

Electrical Properties

Electrical Conductivity: Equal Volume, % IACS 54
54
Electrical Conductivity: Equal Weight (Specific), % IACS 180
180

Otherwise Unclassified Properties

Base Metal Price, % relative 9.5
9.5
Density, g/cm3 2.7
2.7
Embodied Carbon, kg CO2/kg material 8.4
8.3
Embodied Energy, MJ/kg 160
150
Embodied Water, L/kg 1200
1190

Common Calculations

Resilience: Ultimate (Unit Rupture Work), MJ/m3 9.7 to 27
13 to 24
Resilience: Unit (Modulus of Resilience), kJ/m3 140 to 200
37 to 210
Stiffness to Weight: Axial, points 14
14
Stiffness to Weight: Bending, points 50
50
Strength to Weight: Axial, points 15 to 20
14 to 23
Strength to Weight: Bending, points 23 to 28
22 to 30
Thermal Diffusivity, mm2/s 84
85
Thermal Shock Resistance, points 6.7 to 8.6
6.3 to 9.9

Alloy Composition

Aluminum (Al), % 98.5 to 99.4
97.9 to 99.3
Chromium (Cr), % 0
0 to 0.050
Copper (Cu), % 0 to 0.1
0 to 0.1
Gallium (Ga), % 0 to 0.030
0
Iron (Fe), % 0 to 0.1
0.1 to 0.3
Magnesium (Mg), % 0.6 to 1.0
0.35 to 0.6
Manganese (Mn), % 0 to 0.030
0 to 0.1
Silicon (Si), % 0 to 0.080
0.3 to 0.6
Titanium (Ti), % 0
0 to 0.1
Vanadium (V), % 0 to 0.050
0
Zinc (Zn), % 0 to 0.050
0 to 0.15
Residuals, % 0 to 0.050
0 to 0.15