Marine Industries and Gratings
At times, it seems as if aluminum can do anything. This metal is malleable, corrosion resistant, ductile, strong and thermally and electrically conductive. In addition to these characteristics you can add lightweight, non-toxic, non magnetic, resistant to cold temperatures and hygienic. While many other materials may be able to offer some of these properties, most are not able to offer all of them, making aluminum a go to metal for many applications. All of these characteristics make it a very valuable product for industries that can include food and chemical processing, architecture, waste water treatment, paper milling and marine superstructure.
As a boat and water lover, the marine industry uses are some that are very familiar to me. For those in Michigan and other brutal winter states, boats cannot be left in the water during the winter. There are steps that can be taken to allow this, but most just choose to store their boats in the winter. In these large warehouses, aluminum grates can be very beneficial. When the boats are brought in they are typically washed down from the lake or saltwater, then winterized. These processes would leave the floor flooded if there were not giant grates to collect the water. Aluminum grating can be extra beneficial because it will withstand the bacteria that may be in the water and it will be able to fight off rust longer than other options. An even more important service they can provide is they can be employed for walkways that will not collect the water, making it easy to walk around the boats without worrying about slipping.
Being the third most abundant element in the Earth’s crust does not hurt the metals usage either. It makes it relatively easy to find, and probably contributes to us knowing so much about it and having been able to develop it to benefit so many situations. In addition to helping catch excess boat water it can be used at pools, construction sites and so much more.