Aluminum (spelled aluminium in most parts of the world) is a metal that is important in a variety of different industries. This post will look at some of the common uses of aluminum in the world today.
Uses of Aluminum
- Aluminum metal is very useful for packaging. It is used in cans and aluminum foil.
- Aluminum borohydride is added to jet fuel.
- Electrical wiring is sometimes made from aluminum or a combination of aluminum and copper.
- Lots of normal household items are made out of aluminum. Cutlery, cooking utensils, baseball bats and watches often are often made out of aluminum.
- Hydrogen gas, an important fuel in rockets, can be obtained by reacting aluminum with hydrochloric acid.
- Super purity aluminum (from 99.980 to 99.999% pure aluminum) is used in electronic equipment and CD’s.
- Many car, airplane, truck, train, boat and bicycle parts are made from Al.
- Some countries have coins that are made from aluminum or a combination (alloy) of copper and aluminum.
- Aluminum is great at absorbing heat energy. Therefore, it is used in electronics (eg. computers) and transistors as a heat sink to prevent overheating.
- Believe it or not, street lights and sailing ship masts are both made from aluminum.
- Aluminum borate is used in the manufacture of glass and ceramics.
- Other compounds of aluminum are used in antacid tablets, water purification, the manufacture of paper, paint manufacturing and the manufacture of synthetic gemstones.