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Buy Aluminum Tubing

Our high-quality aluminum tubing is available in 6061 and 6063 alloys and in several shapes including rectangular, round, or square forms in a variety of widths and thicknesses. Order metals online today for in-store pickup or delievery. Request a free processing quote.

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Metal Supermarkets is proud to be a leading small-quantity aluminum supplier, offering many different shapes and grades of aluminum, cut to size, including: 1100, 2011, 2024, 3003, 4017, 5052, 6061, 6063 and 7075.

The low density of the metal results in its extensive use in the aerospace industry, and in other transportation fields. Its resistance to corrosion leads to its use in food and chemical handling (cookware, pressure vessels, aluminum rolls for food wrapping, etc.) and to architectural uses.

Aluminum round tube is a round hollow extruded aluminum (can also be drawn seamless) used in many structural applications. Purchase it online or at any Metal Supermarkets location, cut to your exact specifications.

Aluminum round tubing can be made as an extrusion or drawn aluminum tubing. It is available in a wide range of different finishes, including anodized. The interior is generally smooth with no seam and is available in two different variants: a more affordable extruded structural aluminum round tube or a more expensive drawn seamless form for those higher precision applications.

One common application for aluminum round tube is in the transportation industry for bicycle frames, but it can also be found in temperature control applications such as solar power, refrigerators, air conditioning and hydraulic systems, braces, fuel lines and frames.

To measure aluminum round tubing, you first take the outside diameter, then the wall thickness. Metal Supermarkets carries a wide assortment of aluminum round tubing sizes, with any wall thickness and tube length, depending on your specific needs.

Aluminum round tubing is available in several different grades, most commonly being 6061 and 6063. A 6061 round aluminum tube is formable, machinable and weldable, offering a good strength to weight ratio for items such as structural components. This aluminum alloy is heat treatable and commonly anodized to reinforce its corrosion prevention. 6063 aluminum round tubing, also known as the architectural alloy, has fairly low strength and a smooth surface finish. Common applications include railings, trim and structural applications.

6061 aluminum square tubing is ideal for industrial applications such as machine parts or recreational products. 6063 aluminum square tubing is ideal for general construction applications like frames and racks.

Stop by one of our California or Arizona locations today to check out our extensive inventory of aluminum tube products. We offer will-call and same-day pick up for easy purchasing. Contact us today for your aluminum tube needs, or request a quote today.

As a market leader in tubing products, TW Metals stocks a wide variety of metals, grades, shapes, and specifications. Whether shopping for commercial or aerospace tube, you can be assured to find a wide range of sizes and assortment of grades.

Ryerson is among the industry leaders in supplying aluminum, and our aluminum tube stock is no exception. Our high-quality, corrosion resistant aluminum tubing is available in 6061 and 6063 alloys, rectangular, round or square forms and comes in a variety of widths and thicknesses. Tube laser processing, saw cutting and machining assure that materials meet your precise specifications for a range of industrial uses.

Aluminum tubes purchased by the nation of Iraq were intercepted in Jordan in 2001. In September 2002 they were publicly cited by the White House as evidence that Iraq was actively pursuing an atomic weapon. Prior to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, many questioned the validity of the claim. After the invasion, the Iraq Survey Group determined that the best explanation for the tubes' use was to produce conventional 81-mm rockets; no evidence was found of a program to design or develop an 81-mm aluminum rotor uranium centrifuge.[1]

In 2000, Iraq ordered, via a company in Jordan, 60,000 high-strength aluminum tubes manufactured from 7075-T6 aluminum with an outer diameter of 81 mm, and an inner diameter of 74.4 mm, a wall thickness of 3.3 mm and a length of 900 mm, to be manufactured in China. These tubes were classified as controlled items by the United Nations and Iraq was not permitted to import them.[2]

On May 23, 2001, a container load of about 3,000 aluminum tubes left the factory in southern China. It traveled on a barge to Hong Kong. The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was watching its progress, as was the ASIS. In July 2001, the tubes were seized in Jordan by the Jordanian secret police and the CIA, according to a CIA presentation later that year.[3]

In the last 14 months, Iraq has sought to buy thousands of specially designed aluminum tubes, which American officials believe were intended as components of centrifuges to enrich uranium. American officials said several efforts to arrange the shipment of the aluminum tubes were blocked or intercepted but declined to say, citing the sensitivity of the intelligence, where they came from or how they were stopped. The diameter, thickness and other technical specifications of the aluminum tubes had persuaded American intelligence experts that they were meant for Iraq's nuclear program, officials said, and that the latest attempt to ship the material had taken place in recent months. The attempted purchases are not the only signs of a renewed Iraqi interest in acquiring nuclear arms. President Hussein has met repeatedly in recent months with Iraq's top nuclear scientists and, according to American intelligence, praised their efforts as part of his campaign against the West....Bush administration officials say the quest for thousands of high-strength aluminum tubes is one of several signs that Mr. Hussein is seeking to revamp and accelerate Iraq's nuclear weapons program. Officials say the aluminum tubes were intended as casing for rotors in centrifuges, which are one means of producing highly enriched uranium. The Washington Times reported in July that Iraq sought to acquire stainless steel for centrifuges on one occasion. Officials say that the material sought was special aluminum tubes and that Iraq sought to acquire it over 14 months.

In July 2002, in the run up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, the CIA reported to Congress that "Iraq's efforts to procure tens of thousands of proscribed high-strength aluminum tubes are of significant concern. All intelligence experts agree that Iraq is seeking nuclear weapons and that these tubes could be used in a centrifuge enrichment program. Most intelligence specialists assess this to be the intended use, but some believe that these tubes are probably intended for conventional weapons programs."[10]

In January 2003, the language in the CIA's report to Congress was similar, but provided a bit more detail about conventional weapons: "Iraq's efforts to procure tens of thousands of proscribed high-strength aluminum tubes were of significant concern. All intelligence experts agreed that Iraq remained intent on acquiring nuclear weapons and that these tubes, if modified, could be used in a centrifuge enrichment program. Most intelligence specialists assessed this to be the intended use, but some believed that these tubes were probably intended for use as casings for tactical rockets."[11]

In September 2006, David Corn of The Nation reported that Valerie Plame was involved in CIA work to determine the use of aluminum tubes purchased by Iraq. According to Corn, one of her actions was a trip to Jordan "to work with Jordanian intelligence officials who had intercepted a shipment of aluminum tubes heading to Iraq that CIA analysts were claiming--wrongly--were for a nuclear weapons program. (The analysts rolled over the government's top nuclear experts, who had concluded the tubes were not destined for a nuclear program.)".[14]

... doubts about the quality of some of the evidence that the United States is using to make its case that Iraq is trying to build a nuclear bomb emerged Thursday. While National Security Adviser Condi Rice stated on September 8 that imported aluminum tubes 'are only really suited for nuclear weapons programs, centrifuge programs' a growing number of experts say that the administration has not presented convincing evidence that the tubes were intended for use in uranium enrichment rather than for artillery rocket tubes or other uses. Former U.N. weapons inspector David Albright said he found significant disagreement among scientists within the Department of Energy and other agencies about the certainty of the evidence.

In September 2006, Representative Heather Wilson, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, disclosed that she had learned, in 2002, that the Department of Energy disputed whether those tubes could be used in the centrifuges needed to enrich uranium for bomb fuel. Wilson said that she had questioned CIA officials about the aluminum tubes at classified briefings for members of Congress, prior to the October 11, 2002, vote in Congress to authorize force against Iraq. Wilson told The Albuquerque Tribune that she did not publicly disclose the Energy Department's doubts about the aluminum tubes before Congress voted because the information was classified.[15]

In early October 2002, President Bush was given a one-page summary report of a National Intelligence Estimate on the issue of whether Saddam's procurement of high-strength aluminum tubes was for the purpose of developing a nuclear weapon (the NIE was declassified on July 18, 2003, and presented at a White House background briefing on weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.[16]). The report stated that the Department of Energy and the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research believed that the tubes were "intended for conventional weapons," while other intelligence agencies, including some at the CIA, believed that the tubes were intended for nuclear enrichment.[17] 041b061a72


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