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5657 Aluminum vs. 6101 Aluminum

Both 5657 aluminum and 6101 aluminum are aluminum alloys. Their average alloy composition is basically identical. There are 21 material properties with values for both materials. Properties with values for just one material (10, in this case) are not shown.

For each property being compared, the top bar is 5657 aluminum and the bottom bar is 6101 aluminum.

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Mechanical Properties

Elastic (Young's, Tensile) Modulus, GPa 68
68
Elongation at Break, % 6.6 to 15
10 to 25
Poisson's Ratio 0.33
0.33
Shear Modulus, GPa 26
26

Thermal Properties

Latent Heat of Fusion, J/g 400
400
Maximum Temperature: Mechanical, °C 180
160
Melting Completion (Liquidus), °C 660
650
Melting Onset (Solidus), °C 640
620
Specific Heat Capacity, J/kg-K 900
900
Thermal Conductivity, W/m-K 210
220 to 230
Thermal Expansion, µm/m-K 24
23

Electrical Properties

Electrical Conductivity: Equal Volume, % IACS 54
57 to 60
Electrical Conductivity: Equal Weight (Specific), % IACS 180
190 to 200

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

Stiffness to Weight: Axial, points 14
14
Stiffness to Weight: Bending, points 50
50
Thermal Diffusivity, mm2/s 84
89 to 93

Alloy Composition

Aluminum (Al), % 98.5 to 99.4
97.6 to 99.4
Boron (B), % 0
0 to 0.060
Chromium (Cr), % 0
0 to 0.030
Copper (Cu), % 0 to 0.1
0 to 0.1
Gallium (Ga), % 0 to 0.030
0
Iron (Fe), % 0 to 0.1
0 to 0.5
Magnesium (Mg), % 0.6 to 1.0
0.35 to 0.8
Manganese (Mn), % 0 to 0.030
0 to 0.030
Silicon (Si), % 0 to 0.080
0.3 to 0.7
Vanadium (V), % 0 to 0.050
0
Zinc (Zn), % 0 to 0.050
0 to 0.1
Residuals, % 0 to 0.050
0 to 0.1