Aluminum 101

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Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the principle properties of aluminum.
  • Describe the AAUS alloy classification system.
  • Identify the role of alloying elements in aluminum castings.
  • Identify aluminum alloys suited to specific applications.
  • Identify common melting methods for aluminum.
  • Identify common molding/casting methods for aluminum

Course Introduction
Aluminum 101 is introductory course covering the characteristics and properties of aluminum, it's alloying elements, general applications, and considerations for working with cast aluminum parts. Also covers melting technology and casting technology and looks at the decision making process behind specific technologies used.

Benefits to Taking the Course: This course offers practical and theoretical knowledge for those entering into or establishing relationships with others in the aluminum casting business. It provides a comprehensive foundation of the processes, treatments and practical applications of cast aluminum, and walks the participant through decisions that affect final product cost. This course also serves as a prerequisite for other aluminum courses.

Module 1: Introduction

Module 2: Overview of Aluminum Processing

  • Where Aluminum Castings Used?
  • Aluminum Processing

Module 3: Aluminum Properties

  • Basic Atomic Structure
  • Mechanical Properties
  • Physical Properties

Module 4: Alloying Elements

  • AAUS Alloy Designation System
  • Effects of Alloying Elements

Module 5: Applications of Aluminum Alloys

  • General Applications of Alloy Families
  • Alloy Selection

Module 6: Aluminum Melting Technology

  • Introduction to Aluminum Melting Technology
  • Safe Handling of Molten Aluminum
  • Furnace Types
  • Melt Process Overview
  • Impurities
  • Melt Treatments

Module 7: Aluminum Metalcasting Technology

  • Sand Casting
  • Permanent Mold Casting
  • Die Casting
  • Investment Casting
  • Lost Foam Casting
  • Case Study
  • Heat Treatments

Module 8: Conclusion


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