Aluminum 6061

Aluminum 6061 (UNS A96061) is an aluminum alloy comprised of mostly aluminum (Al), silicon (S), and magnesium (Mg). Trace amounts of other elements such as iron (Fe), chromium (Cr), Zinc (Z), titanium (Ti), and others make up the rest of this alloy.

Aluminum 6061 is a high-strength, yet lightweight aluminum alloy that is commonly used in the aerospace industry for various structural components. It’s considered to be one of the most versatile alloys, meaning parts forged in aluminum 6061 are used in many different industries. This aluminum alloy works well in high-temperature applications.

Chemical Composition
(%max., unless shown as range or min.)

Al Cu Mn Fe Si Zn Mg Cr Ti Others
Min./Max. Balance 0.15 – 0.40 0.8 – 1.2 .7 0.40 – 0.8 0.25 0.8 – 1.2 0.04 – 0.35 0.15 0.05 – 0.15

Common Fabrication Processes
Aluminum 6061 is a forgeable alloy and has good machinability properties. Parts commonly forged in this alloy includes:

  • Vehicle frames and other components
  • Aerospace frames and other components
  • Rings and discs
  • Hollow rounds
  • Fittings – Aircraft and Marine

Industries that Commonly use Aluminum 6061 Forgings:

  • Aerospace and Aviation Engineering
  • Automotive
  • Marine