New 6XXX-Series Alloys for Auto Body Sheet 770307

Two new aluminum alloys, 6009 and 6010, for auto body sheet are described and technical data are presented. The 6XXX-series alloys are ideal for body sheet in several respects, providing excellent corrosion resistance, improved spot weldability, and freedom from Luder's lines, together with favorable response to aging in many paint bake cycles. The result is a combination of excellent formability in the T4 temper and, after aging, higher strength than achievable in any other aluminum alloy system having other characteristics desired in body sheet. The latter translates to excellent dent resistance, superior even to that of steel. Furthermore, scrap loop problems are eliminated; compatible alloys 6009 and 6010 may be used together to obtain optimum strength and formability without any penalties in scrap utilization. Forming, aging, finishing, and joining data for these alloys are presented.


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