Free 173 Best Homemade Tools eBook:  

User Tag List

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 11

Thread: Heat Treating Aluminium [Easy DIY method]

  1. #1
    Supporting Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2013
    Posts
    23
    Thanks
    4
    Thanked 78 Times in 14 Posts
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Bongodrummer's Tools

    Heat Treating Aluminium [Easy DIY method]

    I wondered how difficult it would be to do a T5 heat treatment on the aluminium parts I have been making recently? If it was possible, would it be worth doing?🧐🔧
    Turns out that it was easy, requiring no special equipment, and, yes(!) very much worth doing! Here's the video, where I explore the process.

    -------------------------------------------------------
    Bongodrummer

    Subscribe to my Youtube Channel

    FloweringElbow.org Blog
    Flowering Elbow on Facebook

  2. The Following 16 Users Say Thank You to Bongodrummer For This Useful Post:

    123pugsy (03-07-2019), 12L14 (07-31-2019), Corm (03-07-2019), DIYSwede (06-02-2019), Dorn (03-07-2019), earl (03-10-2019), Inner (03-11-2019), MeJasonT (04-30-2019), mwmkravchenko (03-06-2019), natie123 (03-10-2019), oldpastit (03-07-2019), Paul Jones (04-21-2019), saintrain (04-07-2019), Scotsman Hosie (03-07-2019), Seedtick (03-06-2019), Sleykin (03-10-2019)

  3. #2
    Content Editor
    Supporting Member
    DIYer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Posts
    3,091
    Thanks
    475
    Thanked 1,019 Times in 939 Posts
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)


    Thanks bongodrummer! We've added your Aluminum Heat Treatment Method to our Forging and Casting category,
    as well as to your builder page: bongodrummer's Homemade Tools. Your receipt:




  4. #3
    Supporting Member tonyfoale's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2016
    Location
    Spain
    Posts
    839
    Thanks
    334
    Thanked 1,392 Times in 416 Posts
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    tonyfoale's Tools
    You might find this of interest in regard to hardness testing of your samples.
    http://www.homemadetools.net/forum/s...832#post102624

  5. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to tonyfoale For This Useful Post:

    DIYSwede (06-02-2019), MeJasonT (04-30-2019)

  6. #4

    Join Date
    Jan 2017
    Posts
    15
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 10 Times in 4 Posts
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Nice but minimal introduction to the topic.
    You do not mention the specific alloy(s) or family of alloys you're using.
    Makes a HUGE difference!
    You also mention casting the alloy. 60xx alloys are wrought, typically rolled or extruded.
    Smelting and casting these makes them something different.
    T5 is an artificial aging heat treatment to some common aluminum alloys. 6063 or 6061 typically.
    Increases hardness and strength.
    Water quench from above critical temperature actually anneals the same alloys.
    Water quench from elevated temp simply stops the heat treatment process at that time.

  7. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to jimirwin For This Useful Post:

    MeJasonT (04-30-2019), Paul Jones (04-21-2019)

  8. #5
    Supporting Member ncollar's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Posts
    334
    Thanks
    23
    Thanked 165 Times in 120 Posts
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I have a movie about metal and the properties. In it when aluminium was first made they questioned the same thing. I'll look through my library to see if I can find it.
    Aluminium can be hardened but not with the normal heating. I get back when I find it, I might have hours of movies to look through so it might be a while.
    Nelson

  9. #6
    Supporting Member ncollar's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Posts
    334
    Thanks
    23
    Thanked 165 Times in 120 Posts
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Bongodrummer
    I was able to find the video I spoke about. It is almost an hour but around 38 minutes will get around to a surprising aluminium hardening that will blow you away.

    The video can be had at:
    https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q...6&&FORM=VRDGAR

    If that link does not work try to google: I use the BING search engine that might make a difference.
    Documentary - How It Works 1of3 Metal
    Good luck and enjoy the movie.
    Nelson
    Last edited by ncollar; 05-29-2019 at 08:35 AM.

  10. The Following User Says Thank You to ncollar For This Useful Post:

    DIYSwede (06-02-2019)

  11. #7
    Supporting Member olderdan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2016
    Location
    Devon UK
    Posts
    565
    Thanks
    1,122
    Thanked 1,052 Times in 347 Posts
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    olderdan's Tools
    Quote Originally Posted by ncollar View Post
    Bongodrummer
    I was able to find the video I spoke about. It is almost an hour but around 38 minutes will get around to a surprising aluminium hardening that will blow you away.

    The video can be had at:
    https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q...6&&FORM=VRDGAR

    If that link does not work try to google: I use the BING search engine that might make a difference.
    Documentary - How It Works 1of3 MetalGood luck and enjoy the movie.
    Nelson
    Absolutely fascinating video Nelson, thanks for posting.

  12. #8
    Supporting Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2013
    Posts
    23
    Thanks
    4
    Thanked 78 Times in 14 Posts
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Bongodrummer's Tools
    Thanks Nelson! I actually remember watching this on TV years ago! It's a good one. I especially liked the creep resistant, single crystal castings at the Roles Royce factory. Though I wish there was a little more detail about why the little spiral at the bottom only let one crystal through...
    -------------------------------------------------------
    Bongodrummer

    Subscribe to my Youtube Channel

    FloweringElbow.org Blog
    Flowering Elbow on Facebook

  13. #9
    Supporting Member ncollar's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Posts
    334
    Thanks
    23
    Thanked 165 Times in 120 Posts
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Bongodrummer
    It is the way we think sometimes that just leads to another question.
    Good Luck with your venture.
    Nelson

  14. #10

    Join Date
    Jan 2017
    Posts
    15
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 10 Times in 4 Posts
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Aluminum heat treating

    Quote Originally Posted by jimirwin View Post
    Nice but minimal introduction to the topic.
    You do not mention the specific alloy(s) or family of alloys you're using.
    Makes a HUGE difference!
    You also mention casting the alloy. 60xx alloys are wrought, typically rolled or extruded.
    Smelting and casting these makes them something different.
    T5 is an artificial aging heat treatment to some common aluminum alloys. 6063 or 6061 typically.
    Increases hardness and strength.
    Water quench from above critical temperature actually anneals the same alloys.
    Water quench from elevated temp simply stops the heat treatment process at that time.
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Each alloy family has its own processes. Some are quite unique. I worked in an aluminum alloy extrusion and door & window manufacturing company as an intern during my senior year. One of my jobs was to study and characterize heat treatment of 6061/6063 alloys using the metallurgy labs at Texas A&M.

    I also worked in the physics dept machine shop during my junior year. (Been a metal cutter/mangler since age 10...73 now!)

    heat treating, as we have come to call it, is really artificial aging. i.e. the same physical properties will develop over time even under normal temperatures. Elevated heat just speeds the process.

    Other alloys have their own processes.
    7075 high strength alloys have a troubling propensity to change dimensions over time. One must design in such considerations.
    Just one of many examples.

  15. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to jimirwin For This Useful Post:

    DIYSwede (06-02-2019), Jon (05-29-2019)

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •