Bachelor of Science
Date of Graduation
The main aim of this project is to study the wholistic behavior of the 6xxx series of aluminum for use in the bar grating industry for a waste water treatment environment. This project will study the comparison of certain aluminum 6xxx series alloys to steel, stainless steel, and glass fiber-reinforced plastic. While comparing these materials, it will look at the mechanical properties such as modulus of elasticity, yield strength, and ultimate tensile strength. In addition, the available corrosion test of the 6xxx series aluminum alloys will be examined to find a generalization of the corrosion behavior for this series. A corrosion comparison of steel, stainless steel, and three 6xxx series alloys, 6061, 6063, and 6105, will be tested in an environment that is equivalent to the atmosphere in a waste water treatment facility. It will also look at other properties, such has recyclability and non-sparking, and processes, including anodizing, that can aid aluminum in making it an even more desirable material. I hypothesize that when the weight, strength, and corrosion behavior are considered, aluminum will be the most valuable product. Several available papers will be reviewed, and the data compiled to show the desirable properties, as well as some of aluminum’s shortcomings as a material. This should provide an unbiased, systematic review of the material. Based on thorough literature review, a few candidate alloys will be selected and their corrosion performance will be tested.
Geiser, Joanthan, "Benefits of Aluminum: Comparing the Common Materials in the Bar Grating Industry" (2019). Williams Honors College, Honors Research Projects. 853.