Now used for the design of spacecraft and aircraft aluminum has a new life in the 21th century also because it is theoretically 100% recyclable without any loss of its natural qualities. and it doesn’t have problem of availability as other metals.
Discovered in 1808 aluminum has since been identified as the most common metal on earth, forming about eight percent of the earth’s crust. Alumina is produced in a totally separate first stage process from Bauxite ore approximately one tone of aluminum metal is produced for each square meter of land area used for mining of the bauxite. In 2013, China was the top producer of bauxite with followed by Russia, Canada and Australia.
Although aluminum demand is increased staidly for the past 2 decades the reserves of its bauxite ore are sufficient to meet the worldwide demands for aluminum for many centuries. Also the increased aluminum recicling, which has the advantage of lowering the cost in electric power in producing aluminum, will considerably extend the world’s bauxite reserves.
The properties that make aluminum a metal so useful are its lightness, corrosion resistance, good conductor of electricity and heat, is non-magnetic, non-toxic, good reflector of light (ideal for the installation of fluorescent tubes or bulbs), waterproof and odorless, and very ductile.
For those properties the aluminum is actually used in many different sectors moreover in construction and transportation whatever is useful in technological fields as aerospace, maritime and moreover in key machine components perhaps the price is raising very fast because of logistics problems.
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