6061 Aluminum Alloy Plates for Aerospace Materials

Properties and Applications

6061 Aluminum Alloy Plates are a high-purity grade of aluminum that offers excellent corrosion resistance, high thermal and electrical conductivity, and good workability. These properties make it suitable for various aerospace applications, including:

  • Fuel tanks
  • Heat exchangers
  • Structural components
  • Ducts and pipes

Processing Techniques

Cutting and Shearing

Cutting: Precision cutting of 6061 aluminum alloy plates are crucial to ensure accurate dimensions and a smooth finish.

Shearing: Shearing involves cutting the material into desired shapes using high-pressure cutting tools. This method is efficient for producing large quantities of parts.


Grinding: Grinding is used to achieve a fine surface finish and tight tolerances. It’s an essential step in preparing the alloy for further processing.

Heat Treating

Heat Treating: Although 6061 aluminum alloy plates are not typically heat-treated to enhance its properties, controlled heating and cooling can be used to relieve internal stresses and improve machinability.

Coil Slitting

Coil Slitting: This process involves cutting coils of aluminum into narrower widths. It’s essential for producing strips used in various aerospace components.

Sand Blasting

Sand Blasting: Sandblasting cleans and prepares the surface of the aluminum alloy by propelling abrasive materials at high speeds. It improves surface adhesion for coatings or paints.


Perforating: This process involves creating holes in the material for applications requiring ventilation or reduced weight. It is done using mechanical presses or CNC machines.


Chemical Milling: Chem-milling selectively removes material from the surface to achieve desired shapes and profiles. It is used for weight reduction and to create complex geometries.

Testing Techniques


Trepanning: This process involves drilling large holes with a hollow cutter. It is used to create holes without removing the core, preserving the material for further use.

USI & Penetrant Testing

Ultrasonic Inspection (USI): This non-destructive testing method uses high-frequency sound waves to detect internal flaws or discontinuities in the material.

Penetrant Testing: This method involves applying a liquid dye to the surface, which penetrates cracks and surface defects. It is then made visible under UV light or by applying a developer.

These processes and testing methods ensure that our 6061 aluminum alloy plates meet the stringent requirements of the aerospace industry, providing reliable and high-quality materials for various applications.

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