The Aluminum Association released the latest metric version of its longest-running and most popular publication, Aluminum Standards and Data Metric (SI) 2017. The Association released its U.S. Customary Edition earlier in the year, which was reviewed by Light Metal Age.
Aluminum Standards and Data is an indispensable book for anyone who works with aluminum, as it is designed to make aluminum standards more accessible and understandable for people in the aluminum industry and those sourcing or specifying. The 250+ page book is a complete source of information for aluminum mill products and contains information on chemical composition limits, typical properties, mechanical and physical properties, and standard dimensional tolerances for commonly used commercial alloys.
Changes to the 2017 metric version, which supersedes the previous 2013 edition include:
- Updated illustrations that are clearer, more precise and easier to understand
- Clarified usage of non-bilateral tolerances
- Additions to the color code list for aluminum mill products
- Latest popular alloy additions
- New and modified definitions
- Latest ANSI H35.1, H35.2 and H35.4 updates
The book is divided into three parts distinguished by their page colors: blue, yellow, and white. The blue section contains information on aluminum characteristics, alloy and temper designations, mill product specifications, nominal composition, typical mechanical and physical properties, density calculation procedure, comparative characteristics and application, fabrication/ heat treatments of wrought aluminum and wrought aluminum alloy products, and quality control and guidelines for testing, inspection, and identification.
The yellow section lists the terminology associated with wrought aluminum products.
The white pages cover standard limits for chemical composition, mechanical properties, physical properties and dimensional tolerances for wrought aluminum mill products, as well as designations for clad products and chemical composition limits for aluminum mill products.
The updated Aluminum Standards and Data Metric (SI) 2017 guide is available for purchase ($125 for members and $250 for non-members) in the Association bookstore.