Aluminum hex bars are any bar product whose ends have been shaped into a hexagon. It has a wide variety of different uses and applications. Clinton is your aluminum hex bar distributor, and we carry aluminum coils in the 2024 and 6061 alloys.
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Hexagonal bars are created by passing aluminum ingots through a heated forge and pressing them into the desired shape. Hex bars are so common as to be ubiquitous. Common uses for hex bars include fasteners for machinery, gears, machine parts, structural components, automobile parts, and drive shafts.
Aluminum is a popular choice for bar products because of its high strength-to-weight ratio, corrosion resistance, and low cost compared to other materials such as stainless steel. Certain aluminum alloys, such as the 2xxx series, have the highest tensile strength of any aluminum alloy, while other alloys are more resistant to corrosion or to high and low temperatures.
2024 aluminum is among the strongest aluminum alloys available today, and the high strength has earned it a reputation as the preferred aluminum alloy for the aerospace industry. It has good fatigue resistance, tensile strength, and shear strength. The corrosion resistance of the material is also good, making it suited for marine applications. However, the material can be easily damaged by high temperatures, and it is generally not suitable for welding. Common uses of 2024 hex bars include airplane structural components, gears and shafts, wheels, computer parts, and fasteners.
6061 aluminum is one of the most widely-used aluminum alloys on the market. 6061 has a good strength-to-weight ratio, high corrosion resistance, good machinability, and the metal responds favorably to welding. Additionally, 6061 can be anodized with great ease, giving it a pleasing finish. The material can also be cold-worked so that it stamped, bent, or drilled. Common uses include electrical connectors, marine components, fasteners, drive shafts, machine parts, and structural components.