Random Aluminum Fun Facts: 21-25
21. According to Aluminum Association, some of the parts of the biplane’s engine that Wright Brothers used were made of aluminum. That’s because no engine manufacturer was capable of giving engines that were lightweight and still packed the needed horsepower. So, thanks to aluminum, we have airplanes today.
22. Talking of airplanes, did you know that a single Boeing-747 aircraft contains more than 66,000 kilograms or 147,000 pounds of aluminum.
23. Did you know that 75% of all aluminum ever produced in this world is actually in use even today?
24. Aluminum is pretty soft but when zinc, magnesium or copper are mixed with aluminum, it’s strength increases significantly and at the same time, its weight also reduces.
25. Aluminum that is used in this world is almost always in alloy format even though the aluminum alloy can actually contain up to 99% aluminum.
Random Aluminum Fun Facts: 26-30
26. Did you know that wire conduits made of aluminum do not spark like steel wire conduits. Such wires are also corrosion resistant and hence, aluminum plays a very important role in electrical appliances.
27. Aluminum foil is capable of completely blocking bacteria, moisture, light and air and hence, it is extensively used in food packaging and pharmaceutical packaging industries.
28. Pound for pound, the capability of aluminum in absorbing crash energy is two times that of steel and hence, crash rails of vehicles are usually made of aluminum. These aluminum crash rails are capable of folding up like accordion, dissipating and directing away impact force from the occupant of vehicle.
29. Orion MPCV (Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle) is a next-generation space exploration vehicle of NASA that will make use of aluminum as the major metal for the structure. Lockheed Martin will build the spacecraft using aluminum-lithium.
30. ‘Journey to the Moon’ was a Sci-Fi work of Jules Verne where he described aluminum space rocket. He did that in 1865. It was long before Hall-Héroult process of extracting aluminum was discovered. Commercial use of the metal and that too in space science came much later!