How Stuff Works-Aluminium

  • Published on Aug 26, 2014

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  • Jk Sharma
    Jk Sharma 11 months ago +70

    One of the Best informative video I have ever seen in the world .... thanks.

    • EDG
      EDG 2 days ago +1

      Really? whole world

    • al birdie
      al birdie 3 days ago

      clearly you need to watch more videos on some different channels

    • Jay Bee
      Jay Bee 5 days ago

      I’m actually pretty surprised that 5 million people have watched this

    • vicamaral
      vicamaral Month ago

      @ChefGiovanni don't forget to brush you teeth with fluoride aluminum by product.

  • doyrtwq
    doyrtwq 15 minutes ago

    Green house gas's are a hoax,as is man made global warming.C02 is not a pollutant and is needed for life on Earth.

  • Philip Turner
    Philip Turner Hour ago

    Stop going on about greenhouse gas emissions. The climate crisis hoax is the worst corruption of science in history. There is NO CLIMATE CRISIS and the greenhouse gas effect has been proven to not have any significant effect on climate.

  • sean soblixe
    sean soblixe 6 hours ago

    the narrator is just too much, what does he think? maybe if he sounds dramatic, that he will win an oscerr . just listen to his breathless voice

  • J Barrer
    J Barrer 14 hours ago

    Odd that they don't mention Charles Martin Hall who was the college student who figured out how to mass produce aluminum. He founded Alcoa.

  • darthvader5300
    darthvader5300 Day ago


  • Daemon Silver
    Daemon Silver Day ago

    Lotta unhappy, unfulfilled souls in YT comments. You people need to smile more!

  • sham hisham
    sham hisham Day ago +1

    Nice......but still: Epstein didn't kill himself

  • darthvader5300
    darthvader5300 Day ago

    Haven't they heard of ultrasonic grinders that can do the job in mere minutes?

  • Denis Polyakov
    Denis Polyakov Day ago +1

    Next on our program: Plumbus: How They Do It .

  • Max Mac
    Max Mac 2 days ago


  • Kallyjon
    Kallyjon 2 days ago

    The yanks need to learn the word Ton, fcuk the pounds, dick weeds like the sound of big numbers, 35,000 pounds of metal coil, No, its just 16 ton coil of metal,

  • Allan Copland
    Allan Copland 2 days ago

    Aloominum LOL!

  • trafficsignal101
    trafficsignal101 3 days ago

    Had to quit watching...damn music got too annoying.

  • Rwanda forever!
    Rwanda forever! 3 days ago +2

    "Without aluminium Drag Racing would probably be put back 40 years..." - Umm...that would affect the world how? Some hillbillies in the US do no longer have this as a reason to waste gas, get drunk and die in a fiery crash. I do not see any drawback...except maybe less culling of the flock in a Darwinian way, but...well, it's a hobby, not Penicillin or other breakthroghs or inventions in history. This is good/bad for a very select group of people. As if saying, that you invented a very cunning device to propel forward the production of fake beards. Why did they waste so much time on this niche hobby. There are millions of things aluminium is used for that have more impact on humankind and the world. Go with that instead...

    • EDG
      EDG Day ago

      Don't be salty about drag racing

  • Doc Lex
    Doc Lex 3 days ago

    made by retards for more retards

  • al birdie
    al birdie 3 days ago

    why is half of the video about retards using valuable resources just to destroy cars and act like macho cretins??? is this all that's aluminum used for???

  • Internet_Web_Collections

    yeah, too little on about what anybody could find the mud;
    then bunch of guys just started talk about cars motors and stuff;
    how the planet earth landscape coud be seen by the dig and how things are manipulated culturally;
    then the microscopic transformation of the thought translating the mud into alluminium dust;
    (no animated representations, then in the world of atoms)
    so special cameras detecting different sights of said light filming the whole process,
    like in magnetic waves and such in wich the ghost world happening the environment; (butterfly effect)
    like in also satelite raw films so then the product contaminated by the flow until someones dinks coke from the alliminium can;

  • Suhaila Mohammed
    Suhaila Mohammed 3 days ago +1

    Eh eh eh did anybody notice that’s how this guy talks when he end the word eh eh

  • james keith
    james keith 3 days ago

    We really need to go at 200mph in 66 seconds

  • james keith
    james keith 3 days ago

    Omitted the nano particulates they have been spraying on us via chemtrails since early '90's

  • james keith
    james keith 4 days ago

    Missed out the fact that aluminium is a major contributor to Alzheimers disease

  • The_ Joker
    The_ Joker 4 days ago

    What a load of horseshit.
    What about the alumna process and the caustic red mud that’s destroying the environment? A LOT of misinformation in this video.

  • Speed of light
    Speed of light 4 days ago

    Posted on Aug 2014 probably in hot complaining Australia. What they don't know compared to CU aluminium is very slow. Or Fester then light? Probably interesting subject!

  • Michael Cowell
    Michael Cowell 4 days ago

    Nice video, i'm pretty sure the enemies of the US Govt are way beyond this simple compound.....lets wait and see what they come up with after the :Liquid Copper" IED.....see why I'm checking out of this world and cancelling my reservations now?.....

  • relentlessmadman
    relentlessmadman 4 days ago

    did you say shi ship loader! why oh why, is all the background noise (music and drums ) necessary! the subject is quit interesting but the background noise is very annoying

  • relentlessmadman
    relentlessmadman 4 days ago

    mining is like making war on a mountain, poor mountain you are in our way boom!

    • relentlessmadman
      relentlessmadman 4 days ago

      We're Killing our home (Earth)
      Plastic Ocean
      National Geographic
      River dumping
      The Amazon
      The Ganges
      10 rivers
      hope !
      Rivers the interceptors
      What can I do?
      Crowd funding campaign

  • Danielle Dykgraaf
    Danielle Dykgraaf 5 days ago

    Love him or hate him Trump(and others) know America, for STRATEGIC reasons, need to have AMERICAN co.s making Aluminum and steel for our defensive protection....Great video about this metal i love so much.

  • Danielle Dykgraaf
    Danielle Dykgraaf 5 days ago

    The old DC-3 s were made from aluminum.....Modern aircraft are composites....Some DC-3 s are still flying 80 years after being built.....some composite planes are being scrapped already after only 20 to 25 years, and cannot be recycled. Douglas commercial #3s were the perfect plane.

  • Gritos Incoherentes
    Gritos Incoherentes 5 days ago

    Up until the 70s most canned pop and beer came in solid steel cans. The cans were heavy as hell, had a big seam down the side, and there was no pre-made opening to drink from. You had to punch drinking holes into the top of the can with a can opener. Most guys carried a can opener around on their keyring for this reason. Then the can manufacturers came out with a pull tab you could pull off the can to make a hole, but idiots would put the pull tab inside the can after they opened it, forget about it, and swallow it, so they came up with the push/pull tab that's used today.

  • N English
    N English 6 days ago

    One day the earth will start fighting back.

    • Jay Bee
      Jay Bee 5 days ago

      N English stfu that’s what volcanos, aids and plagues are for and you’ll be first to get Fvcked by all three in succession

  • elena olivares
    elena olivares 6 days ago

    According to President Ford's health advisor's book "Aluminum causes Alzheimers disease.

  • Gus Hutchinson
    Gus Hutchinson 6 days ago

    Fascinating stuff ,although a bit political regarding US foreign policy!

  • Torahboy1
    Torahboy1 6 days ago +3


    • Adrian Nel
      Adrian Nel 4 days ago

      I was about to say that aluminium has some amazing characteristics, too - the even use it in nookala power stations, which the workers usually drive to (and from) in their petrol powered cars. :-)

  • Thomas Jeppesen
    Thomas Jeppesen 9 days ago +3

    I can't stand listening to this terrible narrator. Sounds like it's a trailer for an action movie

    • Brian Mansell
      Brian Mansell 7 days ago +3

      Yup. Almost every sentence ends with 'H'. it's disgusting. I can't even watch it.

    • friendlywhiteguy
      friendlywhiteguy 7 days ago +3

      They over did it big time with the voice modulation. Sounds very amateurish

  • DavidFMayerPhD
    DavidFMayerPhD 9 days ago

    First aluminum block engine was aboard the Wright Brothers' "Kitty Hawk". They knew that no iron block engine would do the job of pushing their aircraft aloft.

    • DavidFMayerPhD
      DavidFMayerPhD 6 days ago

      @D C I was not clear. Certainly, the matter was weight.

    • D C
      D C 6 days ago

      It was a weight solution....not a propulsion improvement. Say that the same amount of power to push a lighter automobile for instance.

  • Russell Notestine
    Russell Notestine 9 days ago +1

    heard the narrator's ridiculous breathless voice grunting and panting and left. Heard him on other videos. THERE is no more irritating voice/delivery.. than this person's. Good choice How Stuff Works..

    • Gritos Incoherentes
      Gritos Incoherentes 5 days ago

      Yeah, he sounds like a girl who is constantly on the verge of cumming. It's really godamm annoying.

  • DGB
    DGB 9 days ago

    Atleast Aluminium is 95% recyclable if only we could do the same for petroleum

    • Brian Mansell
      Brian Mansell 7 days ago

      Oh, Christ, you're dumb. You should delete this.

  • El Tigre
    El Tigre 9 days ago

    10:42 Aluminum builds motors, then they show an engine.

  • Josuah Duffy
    Josuah Duffy 9 days ago

    great lost history ,Alcoa Australia has shut down,The Pt Henry site is demolished,the power station that ran it is gone even the power cables running to the plant have been removed . Aussies are to well paid and union standards to high to compete with its Asian neighbours . Its gone the way of all manufacturers in this country gone

  • David Hill
    David Hill 9 days ago

    or in the rest of the world .. .,al loo min e em

  • Toby Ihli
    Toby Ihli 10 days ago

    Great video!

  • Didivs Ivlianvs
    Didivs Ivlianvs 11 days ago

    Aluminium, Molybdenium, Lanthanium, Tantalium, Platinium, to be consistent.

  • Peggyt1243
    Peggyt1243 11 days ago +2

    Strange that a video about chemistry / science is using imperial measurements for temperature, length, weight etc.

    • Lozzie74
      Lozzie74 9 days ago

      Ralph good job. How red is your neck? Don’t answer... you already did. Remember, when challenged, always state “USA is the greatest country in the world”. Seems to be indisputable.

    • Peggyt1243
      Peggyt1243 9 days ago +1

      @Ralph No offense Ralph but my comment was about science not military service.

    • Ralph
      Ralph 9 days ago

      USA is the greatest country in the world. I am a United States Army Veteran. HAVE YOU FOUGHT TO DEFEND YOUR COUNTRY?

    • Lozzie74
      Lozzie74 9 days ago

      Peggyt1243 thank the United States for being backward

  • Bruce Blake
    Bruce Blake 12 days ago

    That would be "aluminium" per the Periodic Table of Elements. Please use the correct word. [Aussie in BC]

    • Didivs Ivlianvs
      Didivs Ivlianvs 11 days ago

      Aluminium, Molybdenium, Lanthanium, Tantalium, Platinium, to be consistent.

  • Bill Leach
    Bill Leach 12 days ago

    Unfortunately, the video fails to mention that aluminium is toxic to humans. This is particularly true when the very toxic material mercury is also present (which is always the case).

  • Otty J Dee
    Otty J Dee 12 days ago +2

    i love the science in alloy, beautiful material to work with, we've come along way since aviation

  • Alexey Souvorkin
    Alexey Souvorkin 13 days ago

    27:32 SILVER, is the most reflective metal, not aluminium.
    "The use of silver as the reflective layer is claimed to lead to higher efficiency levels, because it is the most reflective metal." (under "Reflective Layer")

  • Craig stokes
    Craig stokes 14 days ago

    you american twats give us proper speaking english a bad name

      IVAN IVONOVICH 11 days ago

      Americans "Speak ENGLISH", as it is written in a book! The British (who created the language) are always bastardizing their own language. Give it 100 years without any interaction between the U.S. and Britain... And the language will change so much, we won't understand each other. Just like the Latin based languages.

  • Craig stokes
    Craig stokes 14 days ago

    NOT i alumion

  • Craig stokes
    Craig stokes 14 days ago

    its called al E fucking minion

  • Maynard Johnson
    Maynard Johnson 15 days ago +3

    That narrator is cracking me up. He is referring to "piston cylinders". A talks about what is included in the alloy mix, "silicone" instead of silicon. Silicone is a rubber made by replacing the carbon atoms in a rubber like plastic with silicon. Where as silicon is the element below carbon on the forth column of the peroidic table which is added to bothiron and aluminium alloys to change their properties.
    Narrators like to sound important and authoritative but often it's just voice training lessons.
    Earlier he talks about how critical it is to get the aluminum oxide to market. It's only critical to the capitalist who want to make more money.

  • Ron Pearson
    Ron Pearson 15 days ago +1

    cant we also recycle aluminum seems like it would be way cheaper to recycle since its already refined ...

    • Ron Pearson
      Ron Pearson 11 days ago

      @IVAN IVONOVICH Do you think that we will mine land fills in the future. Seems like it would be way more efficient than trying to get materials out of rocks ...

      IVAN IVONOVICH 11 days ago

      Aluminum is the most recycled metal in the world. It takes only 25 % of the energy to recycle it as to make it from Bauxite Ore.

  • rewi tahana
    rewi tahana 16 days ago +2

    i live in bunbury i see it everyday...

    • Elizabeth Mills
      Elizabeth Mills 5 days ago

      Send me a email on if you don`t mind discuss something

  • Mark Mayfield
    Mark Mayfield 16 days ago

    We call the large blocks, "sows". The small 4'x 4' ones are the ingots. I used to haul them from Alcoa in Rockdale, Texas.

  • Cheryl Dahl
    Cheryl Dahl 16 days ago

    Recycling doesn't just save energy but it saves resources :)

  • Cheryl Dahl
    Cheryl Dahl 16 days ago +6

    29:22 Scotty was right! Transparent aluminum exists ;)

    • Lozzie74
      Lozzie74 9 days ago

      No, it’s a ceramic containing aluminum, oxygen and nitrogen. It’s nothing like the metal. Transparent aluminum doesn’t exist.

    • Luigi Von Burgermeister
      Luigi Von Burgermeister 12 days ago

      Yup :)

  • pattygq
    pattygq 16 days ago

    13:29 umm that block shouldn't be moving

  • Litte Stinker
    Litte Stinker 16 days ago

    Background noise is to loud.

  • Tonton des Bois
    Tonton des Bois 17 days ago +3

    aluminium cans will never come back to your fridge when recycled : they contains burned paint or other residues and aren't safe, they will be used as low grade aluminium for making stuffs not requiring pure one...
    And avoid cooking stuffs into aluminium folds or pots : it reacts with acids (tomatoes, lemon,...) and salt and goes into the food... aluminium is toxic !