Aluminium: Handbooks, Manuals and Guides

Aluminium Recycling

Aluminum Recycling

Aluminium Recycling by Mark E. Schlesinger (2nd edition, 2017) offers:

  • an integrated discussion of scrap recovery and re-melting operations
  • includes economic as well as technical elements of recycling.

Important topics include:

  • a discussion of the scrap aluminum marketplace
  • how secondary aluminum is collected and sorted
  • the design and operation of furnaces for melting scrap
  • the refining of molten aluminum
  • the recovery and processing of dross from re-melting operations.

The book has been updated throughout to include the most up-to-date information.

Handbook of Aluminium Recycling

Handbook of Aluminium Recycling: Mechanical Preparation, Metallurgical Processing, Heat Treatment by Christoph Schmitz (2014)

The Handbook has proven to be helpful to plant designers and operators for engineering and production of aluminium recycling plants. The book deals with aluminium as a material and its recovery from bauxite, the various process steps and procedures, melting and casting plants, metal treatment facilities, provisions and equipment for environmental control and workforce safety, cold and hot recycling of aluminium including scrap preparation and remelting, operation and plant management. Due to more and more stringent regulations for environmental control and fuel efficiency as well as quality requirements sections about salt slag recycling, oxy-fuel heating and heat treatment processes are now incorporated in this edition. The reader is thus provided with a detailed overview of the technology of aluminium recycling.

Aluminium Metallurgy

Handbook of Aluminum: Vol. 1: Physical Metallurgy and Processes

The Handbook of Aluminum: Vol. 1: Physical Metallurgy and Processes covers all aspects of the physical metallurgy, analytical techniques, and processing of aluminium, including hardening, annealing, aging, property prediction, corrosion, residual stress and distortion, welding, casting, forging, molten metal processing, machining, rolling, and extrusion. It also features an extensive, chapter-length consideration of quenching.

Handbook of Aluminum: Volume 2: Alloy Production and Materials Manufacturing

This reference provides thorough and in-depth coverage of the latest production and processing technologies encountered in the aluminum alloy industry, discussing current analytical methods for aluminum alloy characterization as well as extractive metallurgy, smelting, master alloy formation, and recycling.

The Handbook of Aluminum: Volume 2 examines environmental pollution and toxicity in each stage of aluminum alloy production and metal processing, illustrates microstructure evolution modeling, and describes work hardening, recovery, recrystallization, and grain growth. The authors cover potential applications of various aluminum intermetallics, recent surface modification techniques, and types and causes of aluminum alloy corrosion.


Aluminium Casting

ASM Handbook: Volume 15: Casting

Aluminum Alloy Castings: Properties, Processes and Applications / J. Gilbert Kaufman & Elwin L. Rooy – American Foundry Society – ASM International – 2004

Aluminum Alloy Castings provides property and performance data for all types of aluminum alloy castings and reviews and describes the factors that contribute to and affect those properties, including:

  • composition
  • microstructure
  • casting process
  • heat treatment and
  • quality assurance.

The volume features extensive collections of property and performance data, including previously unpublished aging response curves, growth curves, and fatigue curves. These data are presented in consistent formats to enable easy comparisons among different alloys and tempers. The authors have endeavored to address all of the casting process technologies available for aluminum alloys. Engineering information is included for expendable mold, permanent mold, and pressure die casting processes and their variations. The focus of the process coverage is to review the effects of process selection and process variables on casting properties and performance. Representative examples of aluminum castings applications are provided. This book will be of significant value to materials and design engineers involved in the evaluation, selection and specification of aluminum casting applications and to casting producers as a means of better understanding, quantifying, improving, and promoting the performance characteristics of aluminum castings.

Casting Defects Handbook: Aluminum & Aluminum Alloys

Many of the common types of casting defects encountered in the production of aluminum alloy castings are presented. These defects are categorized by production method:

  • sand-casting
  • permanent mold
  • high pressure diecasting
  • low pressure
  • investment
  • plaster
  • lost foam.

Possible causes and, in some cases, prevention techniques are listed.

The material is presented in an easy-to-review format suitable for:

  • foundry floor operators, as well as
  • process engineers
  • metallurgists and
  • quality control personnel.


  • provides a comprehensive visual atlas of the more common casting defects encountered by aluminium base foundry personnel
  • provides a tool for quick identification
  • can also be used to address possible causes and to establish corrective actions.

Analytical Characterization of Aluminum, Steel, and Superalloys

(Ed. D. Scott MacKenzie, George E. Totten – 2006)

This one-of-a-kind reference examines conventional and advanced methodologies for the quantitative evaluation of properties and characterization of microstructures in metals. It presents methods for uncovering valuable information including:

  • precipitate mechanisms
  • kinetics
  • stability
  • crystallographic orientation
  • the effects of thermo-mechanical processing
  • residual stress.


  • Atlas of Aluminum Microstructures / G. Van der Voort
  • Thermal Analysis of Aluminum Alloys / C. Garcia-Cordovilla and E. Louis
  • X-Ray Diffraction Analysis of the Microstructure of Precipitating Aluminum-Based Alloys / E.J. Mittemeijer
  • Electron Backscatter Diffraction of Aluminum Alloys; D.P. Field and M. Kumar
  • Microscopy and Microspectroscopy of Aluminum and Ferrous Alloys and Their Surface Treatments / C.R. Clayton, G.P. Halada, and P. Gouma
  • Image Processing for Fault Detection in Aluminum Castings; D. Mery, D. Filbert. and T. Jaeger

Aluminum Castings Engineering Guide

This practical guide to product and process engineering of various aluminum castings emphasizes process and material characteristics; product-process-alloy integration; manufacturing aspects of aluminum casting; product design features; tooling design, feeding and gating design; product quality needs and specifications; product launches; and successful conversions of aluminum from steel and iron. This book is intended to be a standard guide for practical foundry personnel in aluminum die casting, gravity permanent mold casting, and low pressure permanent mold casting. It is also a beneficial reference for casting buyers and students specializing in metal casting technology. It includes extensive examples, tables, and practical guidelines and links functionality and manufacturability, benefiting both product designers and casting process engineers.

Handbook of Mechanical Alloy Design (Dekker Mechanical Engineering)

Offering one of the field’s most thorough treatments of material design principles, including a concise overview of fastener design, the Handbook of Mechanical Alloy Design provides an extensive overview of the effects of alloy compositional design on expected mechanical properties.

This reference highlights the design elements that must be considered in risk-based metallurgical design and covers alloy design for a broad range of materials, including the increasingly important powder metal and metal matrix alloys. It discusses the design issues associated with carbon, alloy, and tool steels, microalloyed steels, and more. The Handbook of Mechanical Alloy Design is a must-have reference.



Hydro’s Design Manual

This book contains the latest insights on aluminum and extrusion technology, including design advice, choosing the right alloys, as well as everything on surface treatments and tolerances, corrosion, joints, machining, strength calculations and much more.