6063 Aluminum Channel

6063 aluminum channels are a lightweight, corrosion resistant extruded product ideal for architectural trim applications, supplied nationwide by Kloeckner Metals.

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General Info About 6063 Aluminum Channels

6063 is one of the most popular extruded aluminum product grades. It has good corrosion resistance, weldability, and strength-to-weight ratio.

More Details About 6063 Aluminum Channels

  • Advantages/Disadvantages

    6063 aluminum is a lightweight extrusion alloy showing good corrosion resistance and weldability. High wear applications are not recommended for this grade.

     

  • Industries

    The construction, architectural, building products, home goods, irrigation, appliance, marine, aerospace, and automotive industries are some common industries for 6063 aluminum.

  • Applications

    6063 aluminum channels are good for any fabrication projects that require both corrosion resistance and good strength-to-weight. For example, frame work, brackets, structural support, and exterior and interior architecture trim.

  • Machining

    It has fair machinability.

  • Welding

    It has good weldability.

  • Heat Treatment

    It is heat treatable.

Typical Standards

Tempers
T5
T6
T6511

Mechanical Properties

TempersStrength (Metric/Imperial)HardnessPoisson's Ratio
Ultimate TensileYield StrengthBrinell
6063-T5186 MPa/27,000 psi145 MPa/21,000 psi600.33
6063-T6241 MPa/35,000 psi214 MPa/31,000 psi730.33

Chemical Properties

AlCrCuFeMgMnSiTiZnOther
Max 97.5%Max 0.1%Max 0.1%0.35%0.45 - 0.9%Max 0.1%0.2 - 0.6%Max 0.1%Max 0.1%Max 0.05% Each; Max 0.15% Total

Frequently Asked Questions About 6063 Aluminum Channels

  • Are channels an extruded product?

    Yes, aluminum channels are made through the process of extrusion. The 6000 aluminum series, and 6063 aluminum in particular, is considered among the best alloys for extruded aluminum. First, the aluminum is heated, then pushed through a die. For channels, this die will be shaped like the letter C, but with a straight back to form 90 degree angles. Once aluminum angle cools and hardens it will be cut to length.

  • What is the difference between aluminum channels and aluminum angles?

    These extruded shapes are similar in that neither are designed for extreme weight bearing applications. They are more commonly used in structural support, as bracing or frame work. The main difference between an angle and a channel is the shape. Angles look like an uppercase L, and channels look like a straight backed C.

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