Aluminium encyclopaedia

Weber’s ‘Aluminium Pocket Encyclopaedia’ contains the most important technical terms used in the aluminium industry and provides interesting information about aluminium, from A for Alloys through to Z for Zeppelin. It is intended to provide an introduction to the metal.

Davy, Sir Humphry

British chemist, identified aluminium in 1807 and gave it its name.

Deep drawing

The forming of aluminium sheet (and also superplastic alloys) into containers and trays by applying a punch under pressure.

Defence technology

Aluminium-based materials are used on a large scale for military aircraft, rockets and ships as well as for munitions parts and field equipment.


Process for removing excess oxygen from molten steel prior to casting.


Most common casting process for aluminium finished parts: molten metal is forced under high pressure into a steel mould.


The manufacture of dimensionally accurate wire, profiles, tube and rod and bar made from aluminium by pulling (drawing) pre-shaped blanks though a die.


Ductility is the ability or behaviour of a material under the influence of external forces to undergo plastic and thus permanent deformation without breaking. Such a material is readily cold-workable, for example by deep drawing, bending or stretching.