The 3003 aluminum is a medium strength alloy that is made with 1.20 percent manganese. It is 20 percent stronger than 1100 series aluminum, which is why it's a preferred metal and used for various applications in different industries. It has great resistance to corrosion, can be welded easily and has excellent workability. It can be used for sheet metal works, spinning, drawing, fuel tanks, tapping, forming and a variety of other applications. As a 3003 alloy, H14 aluminum plates can be formed easily. Debossing or embossing an alloy of this temper can typically be done without cracking or straining the metal.
The H14 in this 3003 alloy designates its temper, and also means that it's partially annealed and strain hardened. This makes this metal easy to form. Another type of 3003 H14 aluminum plate is the diamond plate, which consists of the same properties. This diamond-patterned plate is slip-resistant and offers aesthetic appeal. It's also lightweight, yet strong.
When using cold bending methods, it's recommended that the temperature is at 30 degrees Fahrenheit. The applications this alloy is commonly used for includes cooking utensils, storage tanks, mail boxes, fan blades, kitchen equipment, architectural uses and builders hardware. It's also widely used for truck trailers and beds, cat walks, floors, decorative trim and walkways.
The machinability rating for 3003-H14 aluminum is 97 percent, compared to 2011 alloys, which are 100 percent. It can be easily welded using typical welding methods. No heat treating can be used.
It is also commonly used in sheet metal applications such as gutters,downspouts,roofing,and siding
|1XXX||Aluminum 99% or greater|
|2XXX||Copper - major alloying element|
|3XXX||Manganese - major alloying element|
|5XXX||Magnesium - major alloying element|
|6XXX||Magnesium and silicon - major alloying elements|
|7XXX||Zinc -major alloying element|