Aluminium Tubes / Pipes

Aluminium tube is a type of round, hollow aluminium pipe, and is available in a variety of diameters and thicknesses. Aluminium tube has a huge range of uses from automobile and aerospace to fencing posts, frames and other construction applications. Aluminium tubes are tough and durable, with an excellent strength-to-weight ratio and high corrosion resistance.

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FAQ

  • How are aluminium tubes made?

    Aluminium tubes and pipes are primarily made through a method known as extrusion. The raw aluminium materials are cut down and heated to a specified temperature and pushed through an extrusion die at high pressure, before being cooled down, stretched and cut to size, before any additional heat or other treatment.

  • Can you bend aluminium tube?

    You can bend all aluminium tubing sizes as long as you carefully consider the thickness to bend ratio. To bend aluminium tube, the first step is to choose the correct thickness and alloy to ensure it can handle forming without cracking or damage. You can use a manual or hydraulic pipe bender as well as a bend die if you would like to create multiple uniform bends. Bend your aluminium tubing slowly for an even bend.

  • How to cut aluminium tube:

    You can cut aluminium tube or aluminium pipe with a hacksaw, a circular saw, a mitre saw or a band saw, as long as you use the correct blade. A pipe cutter is commonly used to cut aluminium pipe without too large a diameter. It’s important to use lubrication and work slowly to avoid damage or bending.

  • How to join aluminium tube:

    To weld aluminium tube, you follow the same process as any other aluminium welding. The method that you use (MIG, TIG, Arc) will depend on the size and thickness of your aluminium pipe or round tube product, as well as your desired finish and application.

  • How to solder aluminium tube:

    Aluminium tube can be soldered but requires a higher level of heat to other metals, as well as specialist flux, solder, equipment and the technique to perform your soldering quickly.

  • Can you recycle aluminium tubes?

    You can recycle aluminium tubing like any other aluminium products. It is one of the most recyclable and therefore environmentally friendly metals available.

At metals4U we have a wide range of aluminium box sections and aluminium square tube.

If you have any questions about purchasing aluminium pipe or aluminium tubing or you’d like to speak to our customer services team about an upcoming project, get in touch on 01937 534 318.

At metals4u we stock a wide range of aluminium tube sizes with diameters from 6.3mm all the way up to 152.4mm. Make sure you take advantage of our Free Custom Cutting service when ordering your aluminium tube, and don’t forget we offer fast, free delivery on orders over £75 across England and Wales.