This chapter describes and analyzes the 6xxx aluminum alloys used in the shape extrusion sector dedicated to automotive and construction industry. The division and application of 6xxx aluminum alloys are performed. The precipitation hardening of 6xxx (Al-Mg-Si) alloys is presented as these alloys easily undergo deformation and present the potential for new kinds of alloys for high-speed extrusion. The mechanisms of strengthening are shown with the evolution of precipitation sequences. Also some examples of industry applications of 6xxx aluminum alloys are presented.
Part of the book: Advanced Aluminium Composites and Alloys