6061 Aluminum Beam

6061 aluminum beam is an all purpose extrusion product available from Kloeckner Metals across our 40+ branches.

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General Info About 6061 Aluminum Beam

This is a popular extruded aluminum product fabricated for a variety of applications across industries. This aluminum grade has a good strength-to-weight ratio, good corrosion resistance, and is easy to machine and weld.

More Details About 6061 Aluminum Beam

  • Advantages/Disadvantages

    Because this aluminum grade is suitable for hot extrusion, the process whereby heated metal is pushed through a shaped die, 6061 beams are widely adapted for various uses. Excellent machinability and weldability make it an easy extruded product to fabricate for custom projects in both the automotive and aerospace industries. Another advantage for this grade is that it shows high quality corrosion resistance and is suitable for anodizing to add an extra layer of protection against extreme environments. This is a multipurpose product without any distinct disadvantages.

  • Industries

    6061 aluminum beam is popular for marine, general construction, aerospace, architecture, furniture, and automotive applications.

  • Applications

    6061 is easily one of the most versatile aluminum grades in widespread use. Applications include: pipe fittings, containers, automotive and aerospace parts and structural applications across industries.

  • Machinability

    It has excellent machinability.

  • Welding

    It has excellent weldability.

  • Heat Treatment

    It is heat treatable.

Typical Standards


Mechanical Properties

TempersStrength (Metric/Imperial)Brinell HardnessPoisson's Ratio
Ultimate TensileYield StrengthBrinellRockwell
6061-T6511290 MPa / 45,0000 psi270 MPA / 40,000 psi95B600.33
6061-T6310 MPa / 42,000 psi270 MPA / 390,000 psi95B600.33

Chemical Properties

95.85 - 98.56%0.8 - 1.2%0.4 - 0.8 %0.0 - 0.7%0.15 - 0.40%0.04 - 0.35%0.0 - 0.25%0.0-0.25%0.0 - 0.15%

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are the different kinds of beams available?

    The most popular and widely used beam is the I-beam. The I-beam resembles an uppercase I, with a long vertical web and two equal length legs. In standard format, the I-beam has tapered, or rounded legs. Another beam is the wide-flange beam. This beam differs from the the I-beam in that it is wider, and as a result, it is a typically heavier product.

  • What is the hardness of 6061 aluminum beam?

    The hardness of this aluminum grade product is 95 on the brinell hardness scale.

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