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alimex – precision in aluminium cast plates

Producer of ACP aluminum cast plates

alimex develop and produce aluminium cast plates for highest demands and manufactures aluminium components according to your wishes. Since 1985, the aluminum cast plate ACP 5080 is one of our best sellers. In the course of time, alimex expanded the product portfolio of this high precision aluminum material with its extremely low micro-porosity by the following semi-finished aluminum products: ACP 5080R, ACP 5080MF, ACP 5754, ACP 6000 and ACP 5080R GIANT as well as ACP 5080 GIANT. The delivery range is rounded off by the alimex owned products PLANAL 5083, PLANAL 6082, PLANAL 7075 and standardized rolled material.

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alimex sponsors Bloodhound SSC project

alimex prototype wheels being used for vital load testing

As a Global Company we have supported the Bloodhound project from the outset. When the demand came up on testing the optimal profile of the SSC’s wheels at “Hakskeen Pan”, which is a very large desert in South Africa that has never been used for land speed record running attempts before, alimex supplied the material and manufactured these prototype wheels totally in-house in a revolutionary design. But how would the unique wheel profile behave on this desert?
alimex prototype wheels being used for vital load testing
The only way to find out was to take the wheels to the desert, load them up, and tow them across the desert. The idea was simple. The team would make a trailer, fix the Bloodhound wheels to it, and load it up so that each wheel carried a representative weight of nearly two tons. That would at least give the engineers the low speed characteristics.
The high speed characteristics would need to be investigated at some other time once the final wheel material has been chosen. While these wheels themselves had been manufactured from a different grade of alloy from the real desert record attempt wheels, the prototype wheels are made out of alimex ACP 5080 material and have the correct profile. So rather than demonstrating the real operational use at 1000 mph, the prototype Bloodhound wheels would and did give the team a very good indication of their effect on the desert floor.
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