Aluminum for HVAC

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HVAC Industry Aluminum

Heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment components are often made of fiberglass due to the material’s versatility, although aluminum is also a preferable material for the same and more reasons.

Learn more about sheet metal fabrication for HVAC systems, along with its advantages, disadvantages, chemical and mechanical properties, and why you should choose Champagne Metals to supply your HVAC aluminum sheets.

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Aluminum for HVAC Equipment

Aluminum is a suitable metal sheet for HVAC equipment manufacturing. It is durable, anti-corrosive and heat-resistant, making it ideal for this application. The versatile material is used for ducts due to its lightweight construction. While galvanized steel is a common alternative because it’s stronger, aluminum is lighter and easier to use for heat exchangers, air handling units and ductwork.

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The Properties of Aluminum Sheets for HVAC

Metal sheets are processed for different reasons in the HVAC industry. Whether cutting them to a required shape and size, bending them to an angle, punching holes into the metal or rolling them into round ducts and other shapes and diameters, their uses are unlimited. Consider some aluminum metal sheet advantages to understand why it’s ideal for your HVAC aluminum supply needs.

Champagne Metals has various aluminum sheet grades boasting numerous advantages, including:

  • The ability to retain its form and function perfectly
  • Remarkable thermal and electrical conductivity
  • Superior weldability, workability and bendability
  • The ability to withstand high temperatures and pressure.
  • Light reflecting capabilities, ideal for decorative anodizing
  • Exceptional resistance against moisture, heat, corrosion and fatigue

While there are more advantages, some things to keep in mind when choosing aluminum sheets are detailed below:

  • Certain aluminum sheet grades maintain poor machinability depending on their dimensions, thickness and size
  • The aluminum sheets must be cold-worked to increase temper strength since heat treatment softens the metal. This is not inherently a disadvantage but depends largely on the application

Aluminum Sheet Temper

Temper refers to the alloy’s hardness, measured by “H” and a number. The higher the number, the higher the tensile strength. An “O” temper means the material is soft and pliable once annealed.

Our aluminum sheet grades have varying tempers to suit your HVAC equipment requirements.

Aluminum Sheet Chemical Properties

Aluminum comes in pure or impure forms, where additional residuals dilute the consistency. Our 1100 aluminum sheet is the purest composition, made of 99% to 99.9% pure aluminum. Our other products contain minor traces of composites like iron, copper, magnesium and silicon.

Aluminum Sheet Mechanical Properties

Aluminum sheet grades have different mechanical properties rated according to:

  • Hardness
  • Yield strength
  • Shear strength
  • Tensile strength

Tensile strength is measured in megapascals (MPa), and hardness is determined by the Brinell scale. These ratings vary across the aluminum sheet ranges and differ for different functions. The 3003 and 6061 aluminum sheet grades are commonly used in HVAC applications due to their exceptional corrosion resistance and strength in adverse conditions. Learn more about each sheet grade here.

Champagne Metals Has Aluminum Sheet Grades for Your HVAC Industry Needs

The HVAC industry uses aluminum sheets for various applications, from ductwork to air handling units. Our impressive selection caters to all your needs, ensuring you find the right grade. Browse our vast selection and choose Champagne Metals as your primary HVAC aluminum sheet supplier. Request a quote now!

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