Aluminum Alloy 5056 Wire Mesh – Alloy Overview
Aluminum alloy 5056 wire mesh is a wrought aluminum-magnesium family “5000 series” alloy, and offers the highest strength of all the non-heat-treatable aluminum grades. As with other aluminum alloys, aluminum 5056 offers excellent corrosion resistance, even in extremely corrosive environments. Its added magnesium (5.05%) and chromium (0.125%) content further enhance its superior corrosion resistance, particularly against seawater and salt spray. While it will lose strength if subjected to high temperatures (390°F to 480°F), its strength can be increased via cold working (note: aluminum 5056 cannot be heat-treated). Some characteristics of aluminum alloy 5056 wire cloth which dictate its use are:
- Wrought aluminium-magnesium family (5000 series) alloy.
- Excellent corrosion resistance in broad range of extremely corrosive environments.
- Quite resistant to marine environments and salt water corrosion.
- Very durable; highest strength of all non-heat-treatable aluminum grades.
- Cannot be heat treated; strength can be increased via cold working.
- Easily cut, formed, and welded.
Industries & Applications
AA 5056 wire cloth is one of the most used aluminum wire mesh alloys, and is principally used in marine, chemical, and general industrial applications given its durability, formability, and salt water corrosion resistance properties. Additional industries and applications which commonly use aluminum alloy 5056 wire cloth include: