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5088 (5088-O, AlMg5Mn0.4) Aluminum

5088 aluminum is a 5000-series aluminum alloy: the main alloying addition is magnesium, and it is formulated for primary forming into wrought products. Cited properties are appropriate for the annealed condition. 5088 is the Aluminum Association (AA) designation for this material. In European standards, it will be given as EN AW-5088. Additionally, the EN chemical designation is AlMg5Mn0,4. And the UNS number is A95088.

It received its standard designation in 2002, making it a fairly young material.

The graph bars on the material properties cards below compare 5088 aluminum to: 5000-series alloys (top), all aluminum alloys (middle), and the entire database (bottom). A full bar means this is the highest value in the relevant set. A half-full bar means it's 50% of the highest, and so on.

Mechanical Properties

Elastic (Young's, Tensile) Modulus

68 GPa 9.8 x 106 psi

Elongation at Break

29 %

Fatigue Strength

180 MPa 26 x 103 psi

Poisson's Ratio

0.33

Shear Modulus

25 GPa 3.7 x 106 psi

Shear Strength

200 MPa 30 x 103 psi

Tensile Strength: Ultimate (UTS)

310 MPa 45 x 103 psi

Tensile Strength: Yield (Proof)

150 MPa 22 x 103 psi

Thermal Properties

Latent Heat of Fusion

390 J/g

Maximum Temperature: Mechanical

200 °C 390 °F

Melting Completion (Liquidus)

640 °C 1190 °F

Melting Onset (Solidus)

540 °C 1000 °F

Specific Heat Capacity

900 J/kg-K 0.22 BTU/lb-°F

Thermal Conductivity

120 W/m-K 72 BTU/h-ft-°F

Thermal Expansion

24 µm/m-K

Electrical Properties

Electrical Conductivity: Equal Volume

29 % IACS

Electrical Conductivity: Equal Weight (Specific)

98 % IACS

Otherwise Unclassified Properties

Base Metal Price

9.5 % relative

Density

2.7 g/cm3 170 lb/ft3

Embodied Carbon

9.0 kg CO2/kg material

Embodied Energy

150 MJ/kg 67 x 103 BTU/lb

Embodied Water

1180 L/kg 140 gal/lb

Common Calculations

Resilience: Ultimate (Unit Rupture Work)

76 MJ/m3

Resilience: Unit (Modulus of Resilience)

170 kJ/m3

Stiffness to Weight: Axial

14 points

Stiffness to Weight: Bending

50 points

Strength to Weight: Axial

32 points

Strength to Weight: Bending

38 points

Thermal Diffusivity

51 mm2/s

Thermal Shock Resistance

14 points

Alloy Composition

Among wrought aluminum alloys, the composition of 5088 aluminum is notable for containing a comparatively high amount of magnesium (Mg) and including zirconium (Zr). Magnesium promotes hardenability through both heat treatment and strain hardening mechanisms. It also increases susceptibility to intergranular corrosion. Zirconium is used to increase an alloy's recrystallization temperature, which increases the temperature at which the alloy can be used without permanent loss of mechanical properties.

Aluminum (Al) 92.4 to 94.8
Magnesium (Mg) 4.7 to 5.5
Manganese (Mn) 0.2 to 0.5
Zinc (Zn) 0.2 to 0.4
Iron (Fe) 0.1 to 0.35
Copper (Cu) 0 to 0.25
Silicon (Si) 0 to 0.2
Chromium (Cr) 0 to 0.15
Zirconium (Zr) 0 to 0.15
Residuals 0 to 0.15

All values are % weight. Ranges represent what is permitted under applicable standards.

Followup Questions

Similar Alloys

Further Reading

EN 485-2: Aluminium and aluminium alloys. Sheet, strip and plate. Mechanical properties

ISO 6361-2: Wrought aluminium and aluminium alloys - Sheets, strips and plates - Part 2: Mechanical properties

EN 573-3: Aluminium and aluminium alloys. Chemical composition and form of wrought products. Chemical composition and form of products

CRC Materials Science and Engineering Handbook, 4th ed., James F. Shackelford et al. (editors), 2015