Advantages, problems and solutions of aluminum used in ships

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  • Advantages, problems and solutions of aluminum used in ships Aluminum alloys have been used in the shipbuilding industry for nearly a hundred years. With the rapid development of the shipbuilding i...

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Advantages, problems and solutions of aluminum used in ships

Aluminum alloys have been used in the shipbuilding industry for nearly a hundred years. With the rapid development of the shipbuilding industry at home and abroad, the lightweight of ships has been paid more and more attention. Due to the low density, high strength, high rigidity and corrosion resistance of aluminum (aluminum and The density of aluminum alloy is low, about 1/3 of steel, and it has strong corrosion resistance to seawater), so the application effect of aluminum alloy for ships on ships is very significant.

aluminum used in ships

Aluminum for ships has the characteristics of small specific gravity and elastic modulus, corrosion resistance, weldability, easy processing, non-magnetic and good low temperature performance. It has the following advantages when used in ships:

(1) Due to its small specific gravity, it can reduce the weight of the ship, reduce the single engine capacity, and increase the speed; it can reduce fuel consumption and save fuel; it can improve the aspect ratio of the ship, increase the stability, and make the ship easy to maneuver.    

(2) Due to its good corrosion resistance, it can reduce maintenance costs such as oiling, and can extend the service life. 

aluminum used in ships

 

(3) Good processing and forming performance, easy to carry out various forms of processing such as cutting, stamping, cold bending, forming and cutting, suitable for streamlining the hull; It can extrude large wide and thin-walled profiles, reducing the number of welds and Rationalize and lighten the hull structure.     

(4) The welding performance is good, and it can be easily welded.   

(5) The elastic modulus is small, the ability to absorb impact stress is large, and the safety is greater.  

(6) Aluminum waste is easy to recycle and can be recycled.

 

aluminum used in ships

 

The high toughness, corrosion resistance and weldability of aluminum alloys provide a good choice for the construction of ship types with strict weight requirements. Due to the lower processing cost of aluminum, it is more economical to use aluminum to build ships. Aluminum alloy can be used as a sheet, and can also be processed by extrusion and casting.

From the point of view of ship designers, ships made of aluminum for ships can achieve higher speed and longer service life. These advantages of aluminum alloys make it develop rapidly in the application of ships. The shipbuilding industry is a Aluminum provides a broad application market.

About the causes and treatment of light color and color difference of aluminum materials:

 

aluminum used in ships

 

(1) The thickness of the oxide film is uneven. The possible reason is that the temperature and concentration of the anodizing bath liquid are uneven. At this time, the bath liquid should be stirred with compressed air to solve such problems.
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(2) The temperature or concentration of the dye solution is uneven. Introduce a stirring process and increase the number of stirrings at the same time.

 

aluminum used in ships
​​(3) The dyeing speed is too fast. The bottom of the workpiece enters the dye solution first and then leaves the dye solution, so the bottom is easy to dye deeply. The solution is to dilute the dye and prolong the dyeing time appropriately.

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(4) Poor electrical conductivity. It may be caused by the loose hanger, pay attention to hang it tightly to avoid such problems.

aluminum used in ships

​(5) If the dye is too dilute, add dye to increase the concentration.

​​(6) The temperature of the dye solution is too low. The dye liquor can be heated to below 60℃.
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(7) Improper dissolving of dyes, or floating of insoluble dyes, chromatic aberration is easy to occur at this time. The solution is to improve dye dissolution.

 

aluminum used in ships

In order to decorate and improve the surface properties of aluminum materials, coloring treatment is carried out on the oxide film of aluminum materials. Commonly used methods include electrolytic coloring, chemical coloring, and natural coloring.

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