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.
ALUMINIUM BOTTLES ‘OUT-GLASS’ THE COMPETITION
Since prehistoric times, bottle containers have been created from clay or asphalt, then later glass. The earliest bottles were used to contain perfume. By 1872 bottles were being used to contain carbonated drinks. The humble bottle has now entered the Aluminium age.
Beer and other beverages are increasingly offered in aluminium bottles. The corrosion resistant Aluminium packaging keeps the drink cold and removes the danger posed by broken glass. There is a significant weight saving, the aluminium unit weighing 20% of its contemporary. This saves on emissions in the transport of the packaging and delivery to the retail outlet. Direct printing onto the bottle dispenses with the need for labelling.
PRECISE ALUMINIUM KEEPS TIME
The aluminium based Quantum Clock is 37 times more precise than the existing international standard. It confines aluminum and beryllium ions together in an electromagnetic trap. The clock loses one second every 3.4 billion years. The aluminum clock is very accurate because it is insensitive to background magnetic and electric fields and to temperature.
In February 2010 an enhanced version of the quantum logic clock was made using a single Aluminum atom. Considered the world's most precise clock, it offers more than twice the precision of the original.