We all use aluminum every day, but you probably don’t think about it. Aluminum has uses that extend far beyond construction and heavy machinery, it is used in normal everyday items. Keep reading to learn what aluminum can be used for.
First, let’s go over how abundant aluminum is. Aluminum is 8.3% abundant in the earth’s crust. This makes it the third most abundant element, but the most abundant metal.
Aluminum is cheap and light-weight. As a result, it is used in daily household utensils, trays, frames for doors, auto bodies, roofs, and airplanes.
Why is aluminum used in all of these applications? Because aluminum is very reactive toward water vapor and oxygen present in the atmosphere and forms a compound called aluminum oxide. This compound is unlike aluminum in its stability, it is very stable. When you use aluminum the aluminum oxide forms a layer over the substances and prevents them from being corroded which is rusting.
Aluminum can also be used as a coil, referred to as aluminum coils. Because of its ductility and malleability, it is often used for foil. This foil can be used to wrap cigarettes, soaps, and even baked goods.
To learn more applications for aluminum products, watch the video above!