6061 Aluminum Channel

6061 aluminum channel, also known as structural aluminum “C” channel is available from Kloeckner Metals nationwide in a variety of tempers.

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General Info About 6061 Aluminum Channel

This is an extruded aluminum product for structural applications. Tapered, or rounded legs help support uses where greater strength is required. This aluminum grade has a good strength-to-weight ratio and good corrosion resistance.

More Details About 6061 Aluminum Channel

  • Advantages/Disadvantages

    This is one of the most commonly used grades for extrusion. It is light in weight, has excellent machinability and weldability capabilities. It is also corrosion resistant and heat treatable, and suitable for anodizing. While they can also be used for decorative purposes, of the two available channel grades, 6063 shows better surface finishing after anodizing.

  • Industries

    6061 aluminum channel is often used in the marine, aerospace, construction, architecture, automotive, and machine industries.

  • Applications

    Because this grade is one of the most versatile aluminum grades in widespread use, it has many applications. They include: hydraulic pistons, braces, framework, truck beds and trailers, boat and yacht construction, tanks, bicycles, and structural applications across industries.

  • Machinability

    It has excellent machinability.

  • Welding

    It has excellent weldability.

  • Heat Treatment

    It is heat treatable.

Typical Standards

Tempers
6061-T6511
6061-T6

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

AlMgSiFeCuCrZnTiMn
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 difference between the types of channels?

    Aluminum channels are an extrusion product and are most commonly seen in the shape of a straight-backed uppercase C, wherein the legs are of equal lengths and equal thicknesses, and can be either parallel or rounded. However, channels are also available in what are called hat/furring channels, and strut channels. They differ not only in shape but application. Strut channels, for example, have holes along the length of the web, making it great as support for mechanical components and wiring. Hat channels have added flats on each leg that run parallel to the web making it possible to attach to flat surfaces on either side with ease, so they are often seen in masonry.

  • What are standard aluminum channel dimensions?

    Please reach out to us directly with size inquiries for aluminum channels.

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