Why aluminium? Aluminium extrusions are all around you whether you are at work, driving your car, at home or at leisure.
In the Office
Your pc hides at least one anodised aluminium extrusion in the form of a heat sink. This takes advantage of aluminium’s excellent thermal conductivity, unique anodising capability and freedom of design to keep your computer’s processor cool.
You will be surrounded by aluminium extrusions in the furniture and in modular and flexible trunking systems, delivering the services to your desk while maintaining a clean, clutter-free work environment. The partitioning, walls, and ceilings will all owe their slim, maintenance free good looks to aluminium extrusions – possibly integrated with water channels in ceiling profiles to keep you just at the right temperature.
If you find the short days of winter tough and suffer from SAD you can have a daylight light on your desk. Your pc hides at least one anodised aluminium extrusion in the form of a heat sink. This takes advantage of aluminium’s excellent thermal conductivity, unique anodising capability and freedom of design to keep your computer’s processor cool.
Cubicle work spaces which provide a private and flexible work environment may often be from aluminium extrusions. The ubiquitous “white board” will have an aluminium extruded frame and the very shell of the building is likely to be clad with glazed aluminium curtain walling modules. If the hand wash dispenser has that smart, clean, functional look, it is probably because it is an aluminium extrusion.
In the Car
Whilst driving home from the office you are likely to be literally surrounded by aluminium.
Aston Martin, Lotus, Jaguar or Audi are cocooned in an aluminium space frame made up of a combination of aluminium extrusions castings and sheet. Drivers’ safety is also likely to depend on extrusions such as, airbag deployment doors, side impact members and crash management systems.
Air-conditioning in cars has become standard nowadays. These are aluminium extrusions and drawn tubes which are now the norm for heat exchanger components.
Aluminium extrusions are also found in the engine compartment. Diesel engines have become more and more popular over the last decade and some highly innovative solutions have led to aluminium extrusions being used for the fuel rails.
Anodised aluminium is now fashionable as a design statement in car interiors with many interior finishes and accessories exhibiting that brushed silver appearance of anodised aluminium –scratch resistance, ease of cleaning and recylability being additional benefits.
On trains nowadays the newest railway carriages are made in their entirety from 20 metre long aluminium extrusions welded together to make the entire carriage body. The handrails, luggage racks and seats are all likely to be aluminium extrusions as well.
You may walk through a powder coated aluminium door and look out through low maintenance power coated aluminium windows.
The stepladder used for the DIY jobs will invariably be aluminium and there is a good chance that the torch you use will have an aluminium extruded body. A spirit level used to put up the kitchen shelves could well be aluminium extrusions.
Aluminium has long been used in furniture design and still can be found in the handles, drawer pulls and other accessories of the ‘flat-pack’ equivalent. The relaxing shower cubicle is made from aluminium extrusions, either anodised or powder coated. A range of finishing processes and design flexibility make an unbeatable combination here.
Aluminium extruded handrails within the house and of the course the greenhouse at the bottom of the garden. Made from untreated ‘mill finish’ aluminium extrusions, which are a testament to the excellent corrosion resistance of aluminium over the years.
Design icon of the decade, the i-Pod is an anodised aluminium extrusion. A tennis racquet could be formed from aluminium extrusions as well as a whole range of sporting equipment.
A sports stadium which often has flexible seating where whole tiers of seats can be brought out or rolled back it’s likely that the structure will be made from aluminium extrusions.
Going on holiday by plane, then you will be surrounded by aluminium. Extrusions play their part from the ‘stringers’ providing the structural strength to the wings, to the overhead luggage compartments and the seat fixtures and fittings.
So as you see, aluminium extrusions are all around us. The abundance of the raw material, modern appearance, ease of recyclability and design flexibility means you will be seeing even more of them in the future – now you know where to look!