ALUMINIUM POINTS THE WAY The history of modern road signs can be traced back to the development of the 'ordinary' bicycle during the 1880’s. Since the 1960’s the shape, content, and reflective properties of road signs have been strictly regulated across the developed world. Most signage is now manufactured using Aluminium for the sign and the bracing. In addition to durability the road signs need to strong and lightweight. Changes in road layouts and regulations mean that there is a continuous supply of redundant signs which need to be recycled. The unique combination of properties and recyclability means that Aluminium is the ‘sign of the times’.
IN MEMORY MATERIAL One fateful night in May 1944, the Canadian Halifax bomber LW 682 was shot down over Belgium. The plane was recovered in 1997 and the aluminium from the aircraft has become part of a war memorial in London. In early January 2012, Aluminium from the plane was melted into a sheet ingot and then turned into coated plates. These Aluminium plates have been used in the ceiling of the RAF Bomber Command Association Memorial Building honouring airmen who died during World War II. The memorial, in Green Park in London, was unveiled on June 28th 2012.
POWER TO THE PEOPLE Have you ever looked up at pylons and overhead power cables and noticed the small devices dangling from the cables? In 1920 George H. Stockbridge of Southern California invented a way to reduce the swaying in long overhead power cables, making the cables safer and reducing the stresses in the cable connections. The modern Aluminium version of the ‘Stockbridge damper’ can be seen on the millions of power lines across the world. This little-known device is a vital component that helps to keep the energy supply going day and night. The durability of Aluminium and its versatility ensures that the dampers keep working.
HIDDEN SECRET – ESSENTIAL ALUMINIUM Lightweight, durable and recyclable; it is easy to see why Aluminium is increasingly becoming an integral part of new buildings. Aluminium has become the cornerstone for some of the most prestigious buildings on London’s skyline, including Lloyds Register of Shipping, ‘The Gherkin’ and Wembley Stadium. At 310m high “The Shard” is Europe’s loftiest structure, using 55,000 m2 of Aluminium in its cladding. At first sight the building looks like a glass tower but it is Aluminium that makes this possible. This iconic building took advantage of the latest Super Durable powder coating technology to enhance appearance and durability. The Aluminium frames will help to keep the building looking beautiful.
EFFICIENCY WITH YOUR ENERGY – ALUMINIUM IS THE KEY A heat exchanger is a piece of equipment built for efficient heat transfer from one medium to another. These days most road vehicles have at least six heat exchanger units under the bonnet. Applications in marine, aerospace, industrial and power generation need efficient heat exchangers. The excellent thermal conductivity, durability and low density of Aluminium make it the dominant choice for heat exchangers. Over 1,000,000 tonnes of Aluminium is used each year to manufacture heat exchangers. By 2017 the global market will be worth more than $13.5Bn annually. Hot or cold, big or small? – Aluminium is working for you.
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