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Aluminum Wheels Take Higher Max Load Than Steel
10/5/2012

This Alcoa 45mm aluminum wheel for offset trailers is 37 percent lighter than a steel equivalent and has a maximum load per wheel of 5,000kg. (Source: Alcoa)
This Alcoa 45mm aluminum wheel for offset trailers is 37 percent lighter than a steel equivalent
and has a maximum load per wheel of 5,000kg.
(Source: Alcoa)

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fatherreilly
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Re: Any need to replace Steel wheels by Aluminium wheels?
fatherreilly   10/12/2012 2:02:18 PM
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There is an aluminum hardcoat surface treatment called Akadizing from Lovatt Processes that would resolve many issues I've seen mentioned in various posts.  An aluminum part has successfully replaced a steel drive shaft seal assembly for an Indy car by outperforming the steel unit in crash testing.  It also has incredible hardness (9.2 - 9.7 on the Mohs scale) and corrosion resistance.  They offer to do test parts for interested parties so testing can be done to verify the benefits and have many test reports available.

Yes, I'm affiliated with the company and am trying to spread the word on this incredible metal treatment that has been available for 40 years, but not heavily marketed.  Akadized parts are on the space shuttles, stealth aircraft, motorcycle clutches,and numerous other challenging applications.  Their web site is www.lovattprocesses.com.

Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Any need to replace Steel wheels by Aluminium wheels?
Ann R. Thryft   10/12/2012 4:12:53 PM
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Thanks, fatherreilly, for that info. Do you happen to know the answer to an earlier question I raised: are OEM steel wheels treated with longer-lasting anti-corrosion coatings?

Mydesign
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Re: Any need to replace Steel wheels by Aluminium wheels?
Mydesign   10/16/2012 12:16:40 AM
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Ann, thanks for the clarification. So far I didn’t think in that angle, so what I understood is as an effort to minimize the engine load, companies are planning to replace the heavy weight metallic parts with mild weight materials and in continuation to that effort they are using Aluminum wheels instead of steel, am I right.

Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Any need to replace Steel wheels by Aluminium wheels?
Ann R. Thryft   10/18/2012 7:52:40 PM
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Mydesign, I think you've got it.

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