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    Question 6082 aluminium heat treating, help?

    Hey everybody,

    I've done a fair bit of mild steel welding but now I am making an aluminium project for the first time. I'm making a ski bike, it will be a bit like a north legion smx if anyone is interested.

    I will be buying 6082 box section aluminium and it comes in a T6 condition. I know from my research that this type of aluminium will lose a lot of its strength when welded so I should get it heat treated to get it back to T6 condition.

    But here is my problem, as I said earlier the metal will already be in T6 and when I weld it only a small part of the aluminium will lose its T6 temper, is it possible to heat treat to aluminium normally without changing the metal that is already in T6 condition?

    Sorry if my wording is a bit hard to understand, I tried my best but if you dont understand the question please say.

    Thanks for the help

    Angus

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    Send it to a heat treatment company. They will heat treat the frame to T6.
    Ji
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    Yeah, I'm going to send it off but what I was wondering was if getting certain sections back to T6 temper will affect the rest of the metal that is already in T6 temper.
    Thanks

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    The temper process will not damage the aluminium.
    It is a process that the aluminium has already been through.
    If you have designed your frame correctly you would have checked bending, shear, tensile strength and deflection. T6 makes the tensile strength much stronger than non tempered ali. And if you have designed this unit correctly you would know that temper does not help deflection, aluminiums greatest weakness a part from fatigue which is due to repeated flexing.

    Ji
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    If the frame shape is like a push bike than it will consist of triangles where all the centroids or nodes line up. To work out the stresses involved you would employ truss analysis. This means that there is no bending moments just tension & compression acting on the members. Deflection will not be a problem in this case. That said it would be very difficult to make a frame that is a perfect truss without eccentric loading.

    Ji
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    sorry I'm not being very clear, what i'm asking is that when i get it heat treated in a furnace the entire frame will be affected and if i'm trying to get certain parts to t6 will the sections that already are t6 change to another temper?

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    NO. Your heat treater will provide you what you want.

    Some basic infos here: http://www.matweb.com/reference/aluminumtemper.aspx

    Don't beleive everything you find on the internet. BUT if jiganitor suggested me to pay attention to design details when using alu alloys i would take good note of it before spending money on h.t.

    good luck.

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