A360 Aluminum Alloy: The Ultimate FAQ Guide

In this guide, you will find all information you’re looking for about A360 aluminum alloy.

From properties, features, benefits to applications, you will find all information right here.

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What Is A360 Aluminum Alloy?

A360 is an aluminum alloy that contains high amount of silicon which gives it high strength to hold very high pressures and is easily liquefied.

A360 aluminum alloy cast part

A360 Aluminum Alloy cast part

What Are The Benefits of A360 Aluminum Alloy?

  • A360 Aluminum alloy has great strength hence resists corrosion at high temperatures.
  • It can grant a very strong cast on other metal surfaces hence commonly used.
  • It is very ductile especially at low temperatures; therefore it is soft and malleable.
  • It can easily gain back its shape after bending, stretching or being compressed hence higher resilience.

What Is The Chemical Composition Of A360 Aluminum Alloy?

  • Aluminum: provides excellent pressure tightness and fluidity.
  • Copper: gives a combination of mechanical strength and high conductivity.
  • Magnesium: improves strength in solid composition and strain hardening ability.
  • Iron (max): promotes thermite reaction and prevention from rust through deoxidation.
  • Tin (max): it polishes aluminum surface for a variety of decorative and functional uses.
  • Nickel (max): gives a highly reflective surface to radiant energy, visible light and electromagnetic waves.
  • Zinc: helps in galvanizing aluminum to protect it from corrosion.
  • Manganese: it helps in hardening of the aluminum to resist high pressures in high temperatures
  • Silicon: helps in corrosion resistance and high strength in high temperatures
  • Other metals: helps in precipitation and hardening of the alloy.
  • RoHS compliant: aluminum alloy is non-toxic therefore it’s compliant to be used in containers for food and beverages.

Are There Limitations Of A360 Aluminum Alloy?

Some of the main limitations of A360 aluminum alloy are:

  • It doesn’t glow red before melting.
  • It is useful when alloyed to other chemical compounds.
  • Rarely used for fabrications that requires more stress.
  • It can easily be scratched on the surface.
  • It is costly compared to steel.

What Are The Uses Of A360 Aluminum Alloy?

Some of the common uses include:

  • Copper alloy is widely used in aircraft where high strength is valued.
  • Manganese alloy is used for general purpose for architectural applications and various products.
  • Silicon alloy is used in welding rod and brazing sheets.
  • Magnesium alloy is used in boat hulls and other products that are exposed to marine environments.
  • A combination of magnesium and silicon alloy can be used for architectural extractions and automotive components.
  • Zinc alloy is used in aircraft structural components and other high-strength applications.

Is A360 Aluminum Alloy Good For Die Casting?

Yes. The Aluminum Die Casting process retains a durable strength at very high temperatures, requiring the use of cold chamber machines.

What Are The Mechanical Properties Of A360 Aluminum Alloy?

Some of the mechanical properties of A360 aluminum alloy are:

  • Aluminum elasticity to tension has young’s modulus of 10000ksi
  • Tensile strength is at 13000Psi. Lower tensile strength, hardness and impact sensitivity.
  • Yielding strength is at 5000Psi. It has greater strength.
  • Bearing Yield strength is at 23100Psi. It is more durable.
  • Elongation at break is in between 15% to 28%. Higher ductility.
  • Shear strength is at 9000Psi. High temperature resistance.
  • The fatigue strength is at 5000Psi. It is pliable for all applications.

What Are The Physical Properties Of A360 Aluminum Alloy?

A360 aluminum alloy are:

  • Highly reflective surface.
  • Solid which is nonmagnetic with a silver-white surface.
  • Face centered cubic structure that is stable up to melting point.
  • High strength.
  • High ductility – Can be beaten to become very thin than a piece of paper
  • High malleability – Can be shaped to different forms.
  • Thermal expansion coefficient of 23.2.
  • Good electrical and thermal conduction.
  • Corrosion resistant due to its oxide layer.
  • Low density of 2.70.
  • Easily recycled because of its structural material.

How Does A360 Aluminum Alloy Compare To 6061 Aluminum Alloy?

Mechanical Properties

  • Brinell hardness: A360 Alloy is at 75

6061 Alloy is at 93

  • Elastic (Young’s, Tensile) Modulus, GPa: A360 Alloy is at 72

6061 Alloy is at 69

  • Elongation at Break, %: A360 Alloy range from 1.6-5.0

A360 aluminum alloy

A360 Aluminum Alloy

6061 Alloy is at 10

  • Fatigue Strength, MPa: A360 Alloy range from 82-150

6061 Alloy is at 96

  • Shear Modulus, GPa: A360 Alloy is at 27

6061 Alloy is at 26

  • Shear Strength, MPa: A360 Alloy is at 180

6061 Alloy is at 210

  • Tensile Strength: Ultimate (UTS), MPa: A360 Alloy range from 180-260

6061 Alloy is at 310

  • Tensile Strength: Yield (Proof), MPa: A360 Alloy range from 170-260

6061 Alloy is at 270

Thermal Properties

  • Latent Heat of Fusion, J/g: A360 Alloy is at 530

6061 Alloy is at 400

  • Melting Completion (Liquidus), °C: A360 Alloy is at 680

6061 Alloy is at 650

  • Melting Onset (Solidus), °C: A360 Alloy is at 590

6061 Alloy is at 580

  • Thermal Conductivity, W/m-K: A360 Alloy is at 110

6061 Alloy is at 170

  • Thermal Expansion, µm/m-K: A360 Alloy is at 21

6061 Alloy is at 24

Electrical Properties

  • Electrical Conductivity: Equal Volume, % IACS: A360 Alloy is at 30

6061 Alloy is at 43

  • Electrical Conductivity: Equal Weight (Specific), % IACS: A360 Alloy is at 100

6061 Alloy is at 140

Otherwise Unclassified Properties

  • Calomel Potential, mV: A360 Alloy is at -700

6061 Alloy is at -740

  • Density, g/cm3: A360 Alloy is at 2.6

6061 Alloy is at 2.7

  • Embodied Carbon, kg CO2/kg material: A360 Alloy is at 7.8

6061 Alloy is at 8.3

  • Embodied Water, L/kg: A360 Alloy is at 1070

6061 Alloy is at 1180

Common Calculations

  • Resilience: Ultimate (Unit Rupture Work), MJ/m3: A360 Alloy range from 4.6-13

6061 Alloy is at 30

  • Resilience: Unit (Modulus of Resilience), kJ/m3: A360 Alloy range from 190-470

6061 Alloy is at 520

  • Stiffness to Weight: Axial, points: A360 Alloy is at 15

6061 Alloy is at 14

  • Stiffness to Weight: Bending, points: A360 Alloy is at 53

6061 Alloy is at 50

  • Strength to Weight: Axial, points: A360 Alloy range from 19-34

6061 Alloy is at 31

  • Strength to Weight: Bending, points: A360 Alloy range from 27-39

6061 Alloy is at 37

  • Thermal Diffusivity, mm2/s: A360 Alloy is at 48

6061 Alloy is at 68

  • Thermal Shock Resistance, points: A360 Alloy range from 8.5-15

6061 Alloy is at 14

Alloy Composition

  • Aluminum (Al), %: A360 Alloy range from 85.8-90.6

6061 Alloy range from 95.9-98.6

  • Chromium (Cr), %: A360 Alloy range from 0.040-0.35

6061 Alloy is at 0

  • Copper (Cu), %: A360 Alloy range from 0-0.6
  • Alloy range from 0.15-0.4
  • Iron (Fe), %: A360 Alloy range from 0-1.3

6061 Alloy range from 0-0.7

  • Magnesium (Mg), %: A360 Alloy range from 0.4-0.6

6061 Alloy range from 0.8-1.2

  • Manganese (Mn), %: A360 Alloy range from 0-0.35
  • Alloy range from 0-0.15
  • Nickel (Ni), %: A360 Alloy range from 0-0.5

6061 Alloy is at 0

  • Silicon (Si), %: A360 Alloy range from 9.0-10

6061 Alloy range from 0.4-0.8

  • Tin (Sn), %: A360 Alloy range from 0-0.15

6061 Alloy is at 0

  • Titanium (Ti), %: A360 Alloy is at 0

6061 Alloy range from 0-0.15

  • Zinc (Zn), %: A360 Alloy range from 0-0.5

6061 Alloy range from 0-0.25

  • Residuals, %: A360 Alloy range from 0-0.25

6061 Alloy range from 0-0.15

A6061 aluminum alloy cast component

6061 Aluminum alloy cast component

How Does A360 Aluminum Alloy Extend Molds For Die Casting?

A360 Aluminum Alloy is light weight and is able to withstand very high temperatures when high pressure is exerted over it.

Additional Resources:

Aluminum Die Casting

Die Cast Aluminum Alloys

Die Casting Advantages

How To Choose Die Casting Mold

Aluminum Alloy

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