Development of Recycled Aluminum Alloy for the Manufacture of an Electrical Current-Conducting Tape

Authors

  • Gilson Gilmar Holzschuh Postgraduate Program in Environmental Technology, University of Santa Cruz do Sul, Santa Cruz do Sul, Brazil https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3773-2873
  • Jorge André Ribas Moraes Postgraduate Program in Environmental Technology, University of Santa Cruz do Sul, Santa Cruz do Sul, Brazil
  • Sérgio Boscato Garcia School of technology, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil
  • Izete Zanesco School of technology, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil
  • Adriano Moehlecke School of technology, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil
  • Rosana de Cassia de Souza Schneider Program in Environmental Technology, University of Santa Cruz do Sul, Santa Cruz do Sul, Brazil
  • Liane Mahlmann Kipper Postgraduate Program in Environmental Technology and Postgraduate Program in Industrial Systems and Processes, University of Santa Cruz do Sul, Santa Cruz do Sul, Brazil

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37256/aecm.5120243938

Keywords:

recycled aluminum, gravity casting, homogenization, annealing, cold rolling, conductive tape

Abstract

This research aimed to develop an electrical current-conducting tape using secondary aluminum (Al) obtained from recycled beverage cans. The gravity casting process was used, and Cu and Mg were added to assess the properties of the alloys. The evaluated alloys were from three groups of samples: (A) secondary Al; (B) Al-Cu; (C) Al-Cu-Mg. A homogenization process was applied to reduce the segregation of the heterogeneous structure of the cast ingots and to reduce the thickness of the tape to 0.5 mm, the cold rolling process was carried out. The samples were characterized by Vickers microhardness, tensile tests, hardening, anisotropy and electrical conductivity. After four lamination passes a reduction of 85.4% of the initial thickness was observed, reaching (0.59 ± 0.04) mm of final thickness. Subsequently to each lamination pass, the annealing process was applied to restore the material’s properties. The electrical conductivity presented results between 45.96 and 47.67 International Annealed Copper Standard (IACS), with a reduction of only 1.82% after lamination. Therefore, a tape with electrical conductivity and 0.59 mm thickness was obtained from recycled beverage cans aluminum. In addition, the characterization presented for the 3 samples will allow for the study of applications for these alloys and respective electrical conductive tapes.

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Published

2024-03-13

How to Cite

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Gilson Gilmar Holzschuh, Jorge André Ribas Moraes, Sérgio Boscato Garcia, Izete Zanesco, Adriano Moehlecke, Rosana de Cassia de Souza Schneider, Liane Mahlmann Kipper. Development of Recycled Aluminum Alloy for the Manufacture of an Electrical Current-Conducting Tape. Advanced Energy Conversion Materials [Internet]. 2024 Mar. 13 [cited 2024 Apr. 15];5(1):98-116. Available from: https://ojs.wiserpub.com/index.php/AECM/article/view/3938