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What are the differences between stainless steel and aluminium

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Choosing between aluminium and stainless steel is one such dilemma that needs to be have several considerations placed upon it before making a decision.

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What are the differences between stainless steel and aluminium

  1. 1. WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN STAINLESS STEEL AND ALUMINIUM?
  2. 2. Choosing between aluminium and stainless steel is one such dilemma that needs to be have several considerations placed upon it before making a decision. While to the layperson they may appear similar, there are a number of key differentiators between the two materials. Here’s some of the more notable ones.
  3. 3. ALUMINIUM IN THE AIR Ever wanted to know why most aircraft are made with an aluminium base? It’s because aluminium offers a fantastic strength to weight ratio over stainless steel. The material is solid enough to withstand the tremendous pressures of air travel, yet light enough to make it possible in the first place.
  4. 4. Another transport-related purpose that aluminium is used for is in the construction of car radiators and air conditioning units. This is because aluminium triumphs over stainless steel when it comes to thermal conductivity, which allows cooling and heating systems to be more effective.
  5. 5. FOOD FOR THOUGHT Another industry that most people may not think about is food transport. Stainless steel has been found to be less reactive with foods, posing less of a risk of changing its taste or colour through contact than aluminium. Before you ask about aluminium soft drink cans, remember that they have a thick lining between the can and the liquid inside so they never make contact.
  6. 6. Not to be outdone, aluminium has the market for power lines cornered thanks to its intrinsic electrical conductivity properties. It also helps that aluminium is lightweight and very resistant to corrosion, not to mention that stainless steel by itself is a poor conductor of electricity.
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