Aluminium:
a modern metal
 

Aluminium, after oxygen and silicon, is the third most available element and the most commonly found metal on the earth's crust.
Despite this, it has only been used for industrial usage for approximately one hundred years.

Metallic aluminium is not found on its one, but linked to oxygen and incorporated in rocks in the form of oxide, found in bauxite and there was no technical way of separating industrial quantities of it up until two hundred years ago.

At the beginning of the 18th Century, aluminium was identified in its compounds, and in the 19th Century the first quantities of metal were obtained, but the high costs involved classified it as a precious metal.
It was only in the 20th century that the development of the electrolytic process enabled its widespread industrial use.

Lightweightness, mechanical strength and resistance to corrosion, workability, electrical and thermal conductivity and ample versatility in surface finishes make it ideal for use in all industrial applications.

Aluminium has no adverse effects on the organism, it is hygienic, does not cause any ferromagnetic phenomena and it is a metal which can be completely recycled at the smallest cost and therefore with the least environmental impact.
These characteristics make it one of the most popular modern metals and definitely one of the few that are able to respond eclectically and proactively to the challenges of technological design, but also of sustainable development.

 

 

 

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