Alloy Geek 356 Aluminum Standard

Your Analysis Type: X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF)
Pedigree: Certified Reference Material (includes certified chemical analysis)
Sale price$349.00


Alloy Geek 356 Cast Aluminum Standard

Aluminum alloy 356 is another widely used aluminum-silicon (Al-Si) alloy, known for its excellent castability and versatility. It's commonly used in the casting process to produce a variety of components and parts.


  • Aluminum (Al): 91.1% - 94.7%
  • Silicon (Si): 6.5% - 7.5%
  • Iron (Fe): 0.20% max
  • Copper (Cu): 0.20% max
  • Magnesium (Mg): 0.10% max
  • Manganese (Mn): 0.10% max
  • Zinc (Zn): 0.10% max
  • Titanium (Ti): 0.20% max
  • Other trace elements: Each up to 0.05%, total impurities 0.30% max

Key Properties:

  • Castability: Alloy 356 is known for its excellent castability, making it suitable for complex and intricate shapes. It fills molds well and can produce fine details.
  • Strength: It offers good mechanical properties with a good balance between strength and weight.
  • Heat Resistance: The silicon content contributes to its heat resistance, which can be useful in applications where the component may experience elevated temperatures.
  • Corrosion Resistance: Aluminum alloys, in general, have good corrosion resistance due to their ability to form a protective oxide layer.
  • Applications: Alloy 356 is used in a wide range of applications, including automotive parts, engine components, transmission cases, pump housings, and various other cast components.

XRF Samples are thinner samples approximately 1/4 inch thick. OES Standards are thicker in nature and are approximately 1 inch thick. Please Contact Us if you would like to know the specific dimensions of a sample.

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