Certified reference standards for aluminum alloy applications AA6063, AA6061, AA356.2, AA3104, AA5182. Aluminum is regarded to be one of the lightest engineering metals that has a greater strength-to-weight ratio than steel.

Pure aluminum is a soft, flexible metal with great electrical/thermal conductivity and corrosion resistance. Aluminum is widely alloyed with other metals such as copper, zinc, magnesium, silicon, manganese, and/or lithium to increase its strength for more demanding applications.

Aluminum alloy 6063 (AA6063) is a medium-strength alloy, often used in extrusion applications. Grade 6063 has strong mechanical qualities, is heat treatable, and may be welded. The term “responsibility” refers to the act of determining whether or not a person is responsible for the actions of another person.

The composition ranges for AA6063 are as follows: 0.2-0.6% Si, 0-0.35% Fe, 0.45-0.9% Mg, 0.1% max Cr, and 0-0.1% for Cu, Mn, Ti, and Zn. Our new MBH-AL6063-20 certified aluminum reference standard fits well within these parameters, with Si = 0.46%, Fe = 0.156%, Mg = 0.481%, Cr = 0.0088%, and Cu, Mn, Ti, and Zn all falling below 0.1%. The term “responsibility” refers to the act of determining whether or not a person is responsible for his or her own actions.

The other four novel alloys were created with quantifiable quantities of common trace/tramp elements. As a result, they may be utilized to validate low-level analysis of these elements. They are also available as a 65 mm diameter disk (25 mm thick) or as dissolvable chips. For OES procedures, this bigger size allows for more polishing sparks and less resurfacing. The production procedure for these alloys also resulted in relatively homogenous bars, thus the composition will be fairly constant throughout the sample.



The most popular aluminum alloy on the market is aluminum grade 6061 (AA6061). This grade is frequently used in applications requiring high strength, and common uses for AA6061 include general purpose or manufacturing demands, such as truck and marine components, furniture, pipes, heavy constructions, railcars, and high pressure applications. With Mg=0.896%, Si=0.71%, Cu=0.247%, and Cr=0.254%, the new MBH-AL6061-19 reference material passes grade standards. The COA also includes certified concentrations for 13 additional elements such as Bi, Cd, Pb, and Sb.

Another high-strength aluminum alloy often used in aircraft applications is alloy 356.2 (AA356.2). If necessary, AA356.2 can be used as a replacement for 6061 aluminum alloy. This grade is commonly used in pump casings, rotors, high-speed blowers, and structural castings that require great strength. With Fe=0.22%, Mg=0.39%, Si=6.9%, and Ti=0.185%, our new MBH-AL356.2-19 satisfies the grade standards. This alloy’s COA also includes verified values for 16 other elements, including Bi, Ca, Cd, Co, Cr, Ga, and Sb.

Because of its ability to be readily shaped while retaining strength in final form, aluminum alloy 3104 (AA3104) is the most often used alloy for aluminum can bodies. With Cu=0.197%, Mg=1.10%, Mn=1.07%, and Fe=0.315%, the new MBH-AL3104-20 reference standard satisfies all grade standards. The COA also includes verified concentration values for 15 other elements such as Be, Bi, Cd, Pb, Sb, Sr, and Ti.

Finally, alloy 5182 (AA5182) is a light, malleable metal with a long history of usage. This aluminum alloy is commonly used in automotive applications (body panels and reinforcing components), aluminum can lids and brackets, and packaging items such as containers. Its minor constituents include magnesium and manganese, which range from 4-5% Mg and 0.2-0.5% Mn. With Mg=4.01% and Mn=0.39%, the new MBH-AL5182-20 CRM hits the target. This COA also includes a long list of trace elements, with a total of 19 certified concentrations for alloying elements as well as trace elements including Be, Bi, Cd, and Sb, to mention a few.


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