Sheet / Plate Aluminum
When aluminum is passed between rolls under pressure, it becomes thinner and longer in the direction in which it is moving. This simple process is the basis for aluminum’s most widely used forms, plate and sheet.
Products and Applications
Plate is used in heavy-duty applications in the aerospace, machinery, and transportation markets.
Aluminum plate, machined to shape, forms the skins of jumbo jets and spacecraft fuel tanks. It is used for storage tanks and containers in many industries and, because many aluminum alloys actually gain strength at supercold temperatures, it is especially useful in holding cryogenic (very-low-temperature) materials.
Plate provides structural sections for rail cars and large ships, as well as armor protection for military vehicles and trucks that carry payroll.
Sheet, the most widely used form of aluminum, is found in all of the aluminum industry’s major markets.
In packaging, sheet is used for cans and closures. In transportation, it provides panels for automobile bodies and for tractor trailer vehicles. Sheet is used in home appliances and cookware. In building and construction, it forms siding and gutters, downspouts and roofing, and awnings and carports.
License plates and light bulb bases, pleasure boats and printing plates, highway signs and high-flying planes are also frequently made from aluminum sheet.
Sheet can be color anodized to black, gold, red, blue, and hundreds of other colors. It can be etched to a “matte” finish or polished to a sparkling brightness, textured to resemble wood, or painted for lasting beauty.