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7178-T76510 Aluminum

7178-T76510 aluminum is 7178 aluminum in the T76510 temper. To achieve this temper, the metal is solution heat-treated, stress relieved, then stabilized by artificial overaging. The stress relief is accomplished by stretching the metal by an amount that depends on the type of standard wrought product being made (extrusion or tube). The degree of overaging is chosen so as to maximize exfoliation corrosion resistance. The metal is not straightened after the stretching operation. This temper is closely related to T76511, which permits such straightening.

The graph bars on the material properties cards below compare 7178-T76510 aluminum to: 7000-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

71 GPa 10 x 106 psi

Elongation at Break

6.8 %

Fatigue Strength

200 MPa 29 x 103 psi

Poisson's Ratio


Shear Modulus

27 GPa 3.9 x 106 psi

Shear Strength

350 MPa 51 x 103 psi

Tensile Strength: Ultimate (UTS)

600 MPa 87 x 103 psi

Tensile Strength: Yield (Proof)

510 MPa 74 x 103 psi

Thermal Properties

Latent Heat of Fusion

370 J/g

Maximum Temperature: Mechanical

180 °C 350 °F

Melting Completion (Liquidus)

630 °C 1170 °F

Melting Onset (Solidus)

480 °C 890 °F

Specific Heat Capacity

860 J/kg-K 0.2 BTU/lb-°F

Thermal Conductivity

130 W/m-K 72 BTU/h-ft-°F

Thermal Expansion

23 µm/m-K

Electrical Properties

Electrical Conductivity: Equal Volume

31 % IACS

Electrical Conductivity: Equal Weight (Specific)

91 % IACS

Otherwise Unclassified Properties

Base Metal Price

10 % relative


3.1 g/cm3 190 lb/ft3

Embodied Carbon

8.2 kg CO2/kg material

Embodied Energy

150 MJ/kg 62 x 103 BTU/lb

Embodied Water

1110 L/kg 130 gal/lb

Common Calculations

Resilience: Ultimate (Unit Rupture Work)

39 MJ/m3

Resilience: Unit (Modulus of Resilience)

1840 kJ/m3

Stiffness to Weight: Axial

13 points

Stiffness to Weight: Bending

45 points

Strength to Weight: Axial

54 points

Strength to Weight: Bending

51 points

Thermal Diffusivity

47 mm2/s

Thermal Shock Resistance

26 points

Alloy Composition

Aluminum (Al) 85.4 to 89.5
Zinc (Zn) 6.3 to 7.3
Magnesium (Mg) 2.4 to 3.1
Copper (Cu) 1.6 to 2.4
Iron (Fe) 0 to 0.5
Chromium (Cr) 0.18 to 0.28
Silicon (Si) 0 to 0.4
Manganese (Mn) 0 to 0.3
Titanium (Ti) 0 to 0.2
Residuals 0 to 0.15

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

Followup Questions

Further Reading

ASTM B221: Standard Specification for Aluminum and Aluminum-Alloy Extruded Bars, Rods, Wire, Profiles, and Tubes

Handbook of Aluminum vol. 2: Alloy Production and Materials Manufacturing, George Totten and D. Scott MacKenzie (editors), 2003

ASTM B209: Standard Specification for Aluminum and Aluminum-Alloy Sheet and Plate

Aluminum Standards and Data, Aluminum Association Inc., 2013

ASM Specialty Handbook: Aluminum and Aluminum Alloys, J. R. Davis (editor), 1993

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