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Properties of Aluminium
The major advantages of using aluminium are tied directly to its remarkable properties. Some of these properties are outlined in the following sections.

Strength to Weight Ratio
Aluminium has a density around one third that of steel and is used advantageously in applications where high strength and low weight are required. This includes vehicles where low mass results in greater load capacity and reduced fuel consumption.

Corrosion Resistance of Aluminium
When the surface of aluminium metal is exposed to air, a protective oxide coating forms almost instantaneously. This oxide layer is corrosion resistant and can be further enhanced with surface treatments such as anodizing.

Electrical and Thermal Conductivity of Aluminium
Aluminium is an excellent conductor of both heat and electricity. The great advantage of aluminium is that by weight, the conductivity of aluminium is around twice that of copper. This means that aluminium is now the most commonly used material in large power transmission lines.

The best alternatives to copper are aluminium alloys in the 1000 or 6000 series. These can be used for all electrical conduction applications including domestic wiring.

Weight considerations mean that a large proportion of overhead, high voltage power lines now use aluminium rather than copper. They do however, have a low strength and need to be reinforced with a galvanised or aluminium coated high tensile steel wire in each strand.|

Light and Heat Reflectivity of Aluminium
Aluminium is a good reflector of both visible light and heat making it an ideal material for light fittings, thermal rescue blankets and architectural insulation.

Toxicity of Aluminium
Aluminium is not only non-toxic but also does not release any odours or taint products with which it is in contact. This makes aluminium suitable for use in packaging for sensitive products such as food or pharmaceuticals where aluminium foil is used.
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