Aluminium on Earth

Rare and expensive a century ago, aluminium has since been identified as the most common metal on earth, forming about 8.3% of the earth's crust. It is the 3rd most plentiful element known to man. Only oxygen and silicon (sand) exist in greater quantities. In this article, we will figure out how much a piece of aluminum weighs depending on the specific alloy and shape. Let's first understand, why aluminium is used in construction and notable examples of uses of Aluminium in construction.

Important Properties of Aluminium

  1. One of the lightest metals on earth, it is nearly 3 times lighter than iron. Aluminum structures weigh between one-half and two-thirds as much as steel structures, and as little as one-seventh as much as reinforced concrete structures with the same load-bearing capacity.
  2. It is quite powerful, exceptionally flexible and rust-resistant since its surface is constantly covered in a very thin and very powerful layer of chromium film.
  3. It does not magnetise.
  4. It has an excellent electricity conductor and creates alloys with almost the other metals.
Did you know?

Heat-insulated Aluminium siding with reflective foil coating insulates buildings 4 times better than 20 cm thick stone masonry or 10 cm thick brick facing.

Application in Construction

Aluminium in Construction

Today, Aluminium is used for roofs, siding,industrial flooring, translucent panes, window and doorframes, staircases, air conditioning systems, solar protection, heating systems, furniture,shopfronts,balustrading, and many other things.

Did you know?

25 % of all aluminium produced worldwide is used in construction.

Examples of Aluminium uses in Construction

  1. The Empire State Building, a notable New York skyscraper completed in 1931 and the highest building in the world until 1970, was the first structure in which aluminum was extensively used in construction.
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  3. As part of the renowned skyscraper conversion program, the Empire State Building underwent a significant renovation in 1993. This included the replacement of the iron frames in all 6,514 windows with more modern and durable aluminum frames. The building's new windows cover 30% of its surface area, resulting in an annual energy savings of 16%.
  4. Opened in 2010, the Ferrari World entertainment park in Abu Dhabi boasts the world's largest aluminum roof, covering an impressive 2 lacs square meters. The amount of aluminum utilized in the roof would be sufficient to manufacture 16,750 Ferraris.
  5. The renowned Dzintari concert hall located in Yurmala, Latvia boasts a unique feature - a sliding roof made entirely of Aluminium. This is a remarkable engineering feat as it would be unfeasible to construct such a structure using steel.

How to use the aluminum weight calculator?

  1. Start by picking the alloy you want to calculate the weight of. The average density of aluminum is the default option, but you have a long list of alloys to choose from. Click the button to see a drop-down menu of various aluminum types (organized by their number). The alloys have different densities, so picking the right one is crucial for the correct answer.
  2. Pick the shape of the metal element.
  3. Fill in some additional information that we need to calculate the volume of a single piece.
  4. Provide the number of metal elements.
After inputting all the data listed above, you will see your result in the bottom-most field of the metal weight calculator.

How to calculate aluminum weight?

  1. Calculate the volume of single element.
  2. Calculate the weight of single element.Weight = Volume X Density
  3. Calculate the total weight.Total weight = Weight X No. of pieces

Aluminum alloy chart

AlloyDensity in kg/m³
Aluminum (average)2700
Melted aluminum2600
Aluminum 10502710
Aluminum 11002720
Aluminum 31033730
Aluminum 50052700
Aluminum 50832650
Aluminum 52152690
Aluminum 54542690
Aluminum 57542660
Aluminum 60052700
Aluminum 60632700
Aluminum 60822700
Aluminum 70752800