Aluminum’s a very special metal to transportation, with transportation-related aluminum use having been common for decades. Transportation accounts for 27 percent of aluminum consumption annually, factoring in its use on vehicle manufacturing, planes, bikes and bicycles, and spaceships. It’s regularly used in aerospace and aviation, shipping, and rail transport.
It’s a highly valued material in transportation, well known for its versatility and strength. As one of the most abundant elements on Earth, it’s light in weight and easy to work with. Did you know aluminum can weigh between 35 and 65 percent less than steel while oftentimes providing the same strength – it’s true! In fact, there are many transportation infrastructure projects which couldn’t have been built without the presence of aluminum.
Aluminum’s also very strong, with a high weight-to-strength ratio that nothing at its price point beats. It’s fire resistant and corrosion resistant which makes aluminum incredibly safe to use. A major characteristic is its durability which oftentimes will mean no aluminum replacement is required for decades. In transportation, aluminum is weather resistant and can handle harsh climates relatively well which certainly puts it at an advantage over other materials.
From an environmental standpoint, aluminum is also very green-friendly. Aluminum is 100% recyclable and, unlike other materials, retains all of its characteristics through the recycling process. Aluminum is well known for being light, easy to ship and handle, and is overall a less wasteful material. In cars, for example, every kilogram of aluminum used reduces its weight by one kilogram and thereby helps to improve fuel efficiency in a big way.
In aerospace, aluminum’s ideal for heavy aircraft and generally make up up to 80 percent of components on modern aircraft. The automotive industry consumes up to 4.5 million tonnes of aluminum a year, as it’s a cost-effective high-performance steel with added fuel efficiency benefits. In rail transport, aluminum freight cars and service cars provide longer service lives, eliminate as much as a third of their weight, require less energy to run, and can hold almost anything. Also, in ship building, marine aluminum has been shown to be up to 100 times less corrosion-prone than steel which makes it an ideal material to manufacture a wide variety of transportation vehicles in this category.
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