Aluminium alloy 2011 is a high mechanical strength alloy that machines exceptionally well. Often called a Free Machining Alloy or ‘FMA’ it is well suited to use in automatic lathes.
Machining at high speeds produces fine chips that are easily removed. The excellent machining characteristics allow the production of complex and detailed parts. In some circumstances 2011 can replace free machining brass without the need for alterations to tooling.
It has poor corrosion resistance, which means parts made from 2011 tend to be anodised to provide additional surface protection.
When higher levels of corrosion resistance are required, 6262 T9 may be a suitable replacement.
Applications - 2011 is typically used in applications that require parts manufactured by repetition machining. These applications may include:
Appliance parts & trim
Fasteners and fittings
Aluminium alloy 2011 also corresponds to the following standard designations and specifications but may not be a direct equivalent :
The most common temper for 2011 aluminium bar - extruded and drawn - is:
- T3 - Solution heat treated, cold worked and naturally aged
Alloy 2011 has extremely poor weldability and thus welding is not recommended. However, as it is used for machined parts there is rarely a need to weld this alloy.
Workability - Cold Fair
Weldability – Gas Poor
Weldability – Arc Poor
Weldability – Resistance Poor