Aluminum boats

Aluminum in shipbuilding

Aluminum alloys have long been used shipbuilding. The first attempts to build aluminum yachts and military boats were back in the late 19 th century. Their advantages in weight reduction was apparent, but, However, due to problems with corrosion widely used aluminum Shipbuilding has been postponed until better times. Already in the 1930s were designed aluminum alloys, who successfully resists corrosion, but during the Second World War, all the aluminum was for the construction of military aircraft, and its application in the development of shipbuilding stalled.

Currently manufactured from aluminum alloys ship hulls, superstructure and various marine equipment. Compared to steel, aluminum alloys give a mass reduction of ships 50-60%. This increases the capacity of the vessel or improve its technical characteristics, for example, agility and speed.

“duralumin” boats - "dyuralki"

It is interesting to trace the history of the use of aluminum in small boats - boats, boats and yachts – in the USSR. Especially, that not a few of them continue to work so far. Often, all aluminum boat called – and rightly so – metal boats.

In the mid-70s, Soviet industry delivered annually to the commercial network more 100 thousands of aluminum – metal – boats. Most of these boats were almost the same type of quadruple “dyuralky”. They were very popular, though, as it is now clear, had significant shortcomings, such, as a small strength of the hull, lack of seaworthiness and, remark, tendency to corrosion.

However, not all aluminum boats were truly "duralumin". Most aluminum boat really was made of "duralumin" – duralumin alloy D1 and D16, that, as it turned out, not intended for shipbuilding. However, even then a lot of aluminum boats were made of alloys, which are specially designed for shipbuilding, especially sea – aluminum-magnesium alloys, mainly AMg5 and AMg6. They are often - unofficially - called "magnaly".

Aluminum boats like consumer goods

The use of duralumin sheets for the manufacture of boats is due largely to the fact, that the manufacturers of these boats were almost exclusively the then aviation factories - Kazan, Voronezh, Novosibirsk and other. It was a common Soviet practice: each defense plant produced some kind of consumer goods - consumer goods.. Those duralumin sheets used for making aircraft skin and usually just the same thickness, 1,5-2,0 mm, which was used for the housings of aluminum boats. Also as in the manufacture of aircraft duralumin sheets connect with aluminum rivets, instead of welding.

On the other hand, already in the Soviet shipbuilding, mainly for small vessels, widely used aluminum-magnesium alloys, mainly, Alloy AMg5 and sometimes AMg6. for instance, for cladding buildings fishing barges used alloy AMg5. here, must be understood, It occurred application magnaly-alloys for manufacturing aluminum boats and for consumer. During the construction of these boats are used in arc welding argon.

What is a "duralumin"

The main alloying element duralumin alloy - duralumin - copper content is generally from 3 to 6 %. It is associated with copper low corrosion resistance duralumin. Magnesium also serve as the main alloying element content of up to 2 %. High strength alloys achieved through dispersion strengthening by precipitation of secondary phases during aging the quenched alloy. Alloys of this series have a very good fatigue performance. therefore, for example, Duralumin alloy D16 used for the cladding of aircraft wings.

A feature of duralumin alloys is their limited weldability. This limitation is due, At first, these alloys with a tendency to the formation of hot cracks during welding, and loss of strength in the welding heat-affected zone.

Therefore, to connect the various elements and components of boats Dural rivets always apply. These rivets and aluminum, generally of a similar alloy, but, perhaps, with a reduced content of silicon, iron and manganese. Note, that selecting rivet material is very important to prevent galvanic corrosion of themselves and the material, which they connect.

Dural alloys D1 and D16

A truly "duralumin" is only the aluminum alloy of the alloy D1 type GOST 4784. So it is still called its inventor - a German engineer, metallurgist, Alfred Wilm in the early 20th century. Another name for this alloy - duralumin. More durable alloy D16 formerly called superdyuralyuminom. Often, all this series aluminum alloys Al-Cu-Mg called duralumin, duralumin or duralumin. However, these names are not standardized and are not applied in the normative documents, for example, GOST standards.

At present aluminum alloy D1, known abroad, as an alloy 2017, finds very limited use, primarily, in the form of rivets. Alloy D16 - alloy 2024 - it continues to be widely used in aircraft, most often in the form of clad sheet, i.e. sheets coated with commercially pure aluminum to a thickness of 10 % sheet thickness.

Table 1 - Aluminum alloys D1 and D16aljuminievye-splavy-d1-d16

Magnaly AMg5 and AMg6

Introducing aluminum magnesium in an amount up to 6 % as the main alloying element provides strengthening of the solid solution alloy and a high strain hardening efficiency. Such alloys form a series 5xxx International Classification. These alloys are good corrosion resistance, special corrosion resistance in sea water and marine atmosphere, as well as good ductility and excellent weldability.

Aluminum-magnesium alloys and AMg5 AMg6 GOST 4784-97 have a high magnesium content (medium 5 % and 6 %) and, accordingly, the maximum strength. Such a high magnesium content in these alloys is not typical for foreign aluminum-magnesium alloys. So, approximate analog AMg5 alloy is Alloy 5056, and there is no foreign analogue of the AMg6 alloy at all (see. table 3).

Table 2 - Aluminum alloys AMg5 and AMg6aljuminievye-splavy-amg5-amg6

Boats of duralumin alloy

Probably, the most famous of this "duralumin" boat is a boat "Kazanka", which has undergone several modifications, until "Kazanka-6M".

Figure – aluminum boat “Qzanka-5M4”

In the manufacture of the housing "Kazanki" used sheets of aluminum alloy thick D16AT 1,5-2,0 mm.

The letter A in the alloy designation suggests, that the outside sheet has a plating of commercially pure aluminum thickness up 8 %, that is about 20 micrometers. This thin outer layer of commercially pure aluminum for protection against corrosion of the base metal sheet - aluminum alloy D16.

The letter T represents, that alloy sheets D16 supplied in the T, that is hardened and artificially aged.

Aluminum alloy D16 refers to the group of alloys, that semi-officially called "duralumin" or "duralumin". The official standards, for example, GOST 4784-97 deformable aluminum alloys or GOST 21631-76 on aluminum sheets, such terms are not applicable.

Other duralumin alloy boats:

  • motor boat "Progress" and its modifications (aluminum alloy D16AT: bottom – 2 mm, board and deck – 1,5 mm);
  • motor boat "Dnepr" (aluminum alloy D16AT);
  • motor boat "Voronezh" (aluminum alloy D1, letter 1,5 mm);
  • motor boat "Don";
  • Yuzhanka (analogue of Kazanki);
  • Ob (alloy D16, thickness 1,5-2,0 mm);
  • "Oka" (D16AT, 2 mm);
  • "Sibiryachka" (D1T, D16T, 1925T) and some others.

Boats of alloys Magnalium

Motor boats "Sarepta", "Crimea", «Bus», "Amber", "Neman" and some others were made of aluminum-magnesium alloys. These were mainly thick sheets 1,5-2,0 mm AMg5 alloy and alloy sometimes AMg6.

Distinctive features of these alloys consist in, what they:

  • do not undergo thermal hardening;
  • well welded and
  • have a high resistance to corrosion.

Therefore aluminum boats of these alloys are typically welded using argon-arc welding. Rivets can also be used in those places, wherein application of welding difficult or even for the entire structure.

Aluminum boats, launches and yachts abroad

Authoritative opinion of the aluminum used in boat, boats and yachts gives the industry standard of the American Society of Boat and Yacht Manufacturers (American Boat & Yacht Council). This standard gives recommendations for the use of aluminum in construction:

  • riveted motor boats;
  • motor boats and weldment
  • boats and yachts weldment.

Figure 2 – aluminum yacht

Depending on the size and design features, the manufacturing method, as well as the purpose of the vessel, various alloys of the aluminum-magnesium alloy series are used (5xxx series), as well as alloys of the 3xxx series (3003 and 3004) and raft 6061 of the 6xxx series.
See. Aluminium alloy 6061
See. 3xxx series alloys

Riveted aluminum boats

This is usually small boats, body which is manufactured using aluminum rivets. For the boat hull, which is used in the manufacture of sheet metal parts forming stretch sheets is used from an aluminum alloy 6061 T4 condition.

If the plastic deformation of the sheet tension is not provided, the housing is used for aluminum-magnesium alloys 5050, 5052 and 5086 in a variety of cold-worked condition, and Alloy 6061 in T4 and T6 conditions.

For the manufacture of so-called transom - afterbody - used aluminum alloys 5050, 5052 and 5086 in a variety of cold-worked condition, and Alloy 6061 able to T6

Deck equipment used alloys 3003, 3004, 5005, 5050, 5052 and 5086 in a variety of cold-worked condition, and Alloy 6061 in T4 and T6 conditions.

Welded aluminum boats

For the boat hull, which is used in the manufacture of sheet molding parts with stretching, apply sheets of aluminum alloy 5086 in the annealed condition and alloy 6061 able to T4.

If the plastic deformation of the sheet tension is not provided, the following may be used aluminum alloys for body 5052 and 5086 cold-worked in various conditions and Alloy 6061 able to T6

the same alloys used for the manufacture of the transom and deck, and that the housing.

Aluminum boats and yachts

For welded constructions of boats and yachts - housing, trance, deck and most of the other components used almost exclusively aluminum alloy 5086 in the cold-worked condition N116 and N117. For internal frame structure body is used an alloy 6061 able to T6.

Table 3 – Aluminum alloys of the 5xxx series aluminievye-splavy-serii-5xxx