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Aluminum destruction ....in a matter of minutes from gallium

John E Davies

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The Oliver frame is wonderfully engineered, beautiful to behold, and very durable. Just don't bring any gallium (or mercury) along on your next camping trip.


This is undoubtedly a pointless post, but the video is really cool and more than a little scary. Especially since you can have a small vial of gallium shipped free to your home for $10 from Amazon.....



This stuff, as well as mercury, is absolutely forbidden on airplanes, because a tiny spill could cause hundreds of thousands of $ worth of damage to the structure.




John Davies


Spokane WA

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OTT got back to me rather quickly with an answer to this question.  The chassis is mostly 6,000 series aluminum, specifically 6061 T6 alloy.  This is a very strong alloy with very good welding characteristics.  I am quite familiar with this material.  Back in the day when I was machining parts for Boeing aircraft, this was the alloy that was specified.  It is a very strong and high quality alloy that was adopted for structure material for commercial and military aircraft.  Some chassis components utilize a higher nickle content 5052 aluminum.  These are sections that require bending or shaping before fabrication.  I am satisfied that the 'aluminum' chassis is constructed of top quality materials, engineered for this type of application.

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