Date of Award


Degree Type

Bachelors Essay

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (BS)



First Advisor

Herbert Heinrich


Aluminum has been an important member of the metal group since its isolation about 100 years ago. It has sprung into prominence in the commercial field and in household use in the last thirty years. The metal is light, possesses good thermal and electrical conductivity and as an alloy with other metals takes on a surprising degree of strength.

The problem of producing aluminum cheaply enough to make it practical has finally been overcome to a great extent. It now remains to be seen just what further uses there are to which this new metal may be put. Aluminum may be hardened and strengthened by addition of other metals but the attack which it suffers from acids and alkalines is a major shortcoming.

Many experiments have been carried out to reveal methods by which corrosion o-r aluminum may be minimized. Some of these methods are practical while others are not. However, the problem of coping with the greatest problem in metallurgy appealed to the author to such an extent that he has tended his efforts toward the general information which experimental corrosion may afford. From this information, certain conclusions can be drawn which may be of value in facing the corrosion problem.


A Thesis Submitted to the faculty of Marquette University in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements tor the Degree of Bachelor of Science.

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