Aluminium - The Material That Changed The World

  • Published on Aug 24, 2016
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Comments • 892

  • A B
    A B 5 hours ago

    Mispronounced aluminum in the whole video

  • Dennis Chen
    Dennis Chen 6 days ago

    why do you pronounce AH LU MI NUM as ALU MINI UM?

  • Alogain
    Alogain 10 days ago

    There is no such thing as aluminium. Stop inserting letters where they dont belong. Its pronounced like its spelled. Aluminum.

    • Alogain
      Alogain 6 days ago

      @S F
      Show me where Aluminium is?

    • S F
      S F 10 days ago

      Ok yank. Aluminium Aluminium Aluminium

  • mac berry
    mac berry 13 days ago

    Aluminum power lines is a interesting fun fact

  • Waldemar Ożóg
    Waldemar Ożóg 21 day ago

    Aluminium is neurotocsin.

  • Vincent Phan
    Vincent Phan 22 days ago

    Aluminium, or aluminum?

  • Roger Barraud
    Roger Barraud 23 days ago

    I think you'll find its importance *can* be understated... and usually is :-)

  • Rob Graham
    Rob Graham 29 days ago +1

    aluminum is proof that god loves us

  • mahmoud hagras
    mahmoud hagras 29 days ago

    this is the link of my chanel i invite every one to see it and thanks for him

  • Rohan Samrat
    Rohan Samrat Month ago

    Maybe apple brought all aluminum long back explaining why their stands are so expensive 😂

    EUROPE BASED VLOGS Month ago +1

    Gucci value decreased

  • Yadin
    Yadin Month ago

    It’s “al-oo-min-um”

  • Palestinian Rambo
    Palestinian Rambo Month ago +1

    Bullshit. Arabs founded aluminium and we invent flying too

  • Calangos Psicodélicos

    I think you're wrong writgh brother couldn't even start the flight with the airplane it needed a slingshot ,what about Santos Drummond

  • Jan Tschierschky
    Jan Tschierschky Month ago +2

    How about you get your facts right, they copied the engine of Weisskopf (Whitehead).

  • M H.G.
    M H.G. Month ago +2

    Ah, yes, you mean... Aluminum.

  • The Lavian
    The Lavian Month ago

    So refreshing to hear the word pronounced correctly, instead of the "aloominim" used in the dumbed-down version of English that the Americans use.

    • Aaron Washburn
      Aaron Washburn Month ago
      Both spellings are widely accepted, I’ve never been to a materials conference where people argue over pronunciation. Particularly Chinese and Indian research papers use the two interchangeably. The only people who seem to care about how it’s pronounced are the pedantic people of TheXvid.

    • The Lavian
      The Lavian Month ago

      @Aaron Washburn [citation needed]

    • Aaron Washburn
      Aaron Washburn Month ago

      The Lavian that’s not how it’s spelt or pronounced in the US. It’s aluminum not aluminim here. Aluminum was the original name before being changed back in England to aluminium.

    • The Lavian
      The Lavian Month ago

      @Aaron Washburn How is "aloominim" the original name?

    • Aaron Washburn
      Aaron Washburn Month ago

      The Lavian how does using the original name make it dumbed down?

  • Navaghar Kiran
    Navaghar Kiran 2 months ago +1

    I guess silicon changed the world

  • Martin Ma
    Martin Ma 2 months ago +11

    Titanium and carbon fiber composites: allow us to introduce ourselves.

    • JKerman511
      JKerman511 Month ago +1

      Blackbird has entered the chat

  • Desmond Bagley
    Desmond Bagley 2 months ago

    ........ copper? how did the copper get there

  • Mat Helm
    Mat Helm 2 months ago +11

    You left out the 5 lb cap on the Washington monument being aluminum, because at the time it was more precious than gold.

  • Patrick Rameau
    Patrick Rameau 2 months ago +1

    05:08 ".,.2 times lighter." Its called HALF.

    • Patrick Rameau
      Patrick Rameau 2 months ago

      @Desmond Bagley Indeed... yet I've been noticing it occuring almost daily, even by news commentators.

    • Desmond Bagley
      Desmond Bagley 2 months ago

      Patrick Rameau
      ......very odd.

  • Rwdphotos
    Rwdphotos 2 months ago

    So then what’s the deal with the aluminum that ford is using in their trucks these days?

  • tentimesful
    tentimesful 2 months ago

    Good thing is it stand heat of the oven, you can use it to put pizzas and other meals on it without having to get your oven dirty...

    ALEX CIOCCA 2 months ago

    Can’t stand to here the European pronunciation of Al atomic number 13 it hurts my ears to hear it getting old I guess to bad for you

  • Official Ghost Boiiz
    Official Ghost Boiiz 3 months ago

    🤯Dang! I’ll support your channel. Awesome presentation brother.💪😁👍

  • deezynar
    deezynar 3 months ago

    That chart showing the experiment with aluminum alloy was wrong. The guy left the lab with other pieces of alloy still in the turned off oven. It was those pieces that cooled slowly that were stronger. The chart shows that they received another heat.

  • James England
    James England 3 months ago

    We don't have that here. In America, we only have aluminum.

  • BA_300_AAC
    BA_300_AAC 3 months ago

    Thought Charles Taylor built the wright flyers engine?

  • snurk agurk
    snurk agurk 3 months ago

    Imagine bob ross painting a canvas aircraft

  • Aaron Seet
    Aaron Seet 3 months ago

    How would have humanity survived without the aluminium cans for our drinks? I cannot begin to imagine the horror of such an alternate history.

  • Heavens to Murgatroyd
    Heavens to Murgatroyd 4 months ago

    Don't you mean Aluminum?

  • Bob McCloud
    Bob McCloud 4 months ago +1

    Aluminum is also dangerous to our bodies, autopsies of senior citizens that had severe dementia had extremely high levels of aluminum in their brains.
    It's in vaccines, deodorant body cleansers.
    Cooking pots, aluminum foil !!!
    Hospitals have it in laxatives and other things.
    It's killing us all slowly .

  • Klaus Oliveira
    Klaus Oliveira 4 months ago +2

    Fun fact: the airplane was invented by Alberto Santos Dumont.

  • Invictus
    Invictus 4 months ago

    Is there anything the Germans did not invent??

  • Jordan Stone
    Jordan Stone 4 months ago


  • Chester Micek
    Chester Micek 4 months ago

    Charlie Taylor was the mechanic hired by the Wright Brothers to build their aluminum engine. Wilbur & Orville did everything else including a wind tunnel to test for optimal lift for their heavy aircraft. They also pioneered the shape of the propeller which turns out to be the same shape as their wing. My point is: don't forget Charlie Taylor because he was the prime mover on the design and building of the engine. I'll cite David McCullough's "The Wright Brothers" as my reference.

  • Ash Pera
    Ash Pera 4 months ago

    Very cool video but you accidentally drew the FCC slip plane as {110} and not {111}

  • Noah Greer
    Noah Greer 4 months ago


  • Max Korfendagus
    Max Korfendagus 4 months ago +1


    • RandomCommentHere
      RandomCommentHere 4 months ago

      @Max Korfendagus The UK includes Britain and Northern Ireland, but Ireland and Northern Ireland are not in Britain. I should know, I live there.

    • Max Korfendagus
      Max Korfendagus 4 months ago

      @RandomCommentHere LOL PART of it is!

    • RandomCommentHere
      RandomCommentHere 4 months ago

      IUPAC uses Aluminium. Also, Britain is not Ireland.

  • s011d
    s011d 4 months ago +1

    Aluminum: the material that led me to have an incision in my stomach because I ate it all along with chocolate then copper wires.

    Just kidding. Never happened.

  • Randall Fabian
    Randall Fabian 4 months ago

    Now make it transparent Mr. Scott!

  • Timothy Su
    Timothy Su 5 months ago +8

    Real Engineering: Great content and Real knowledge.
    Comment Section: I love the bLuE BaCkGrOuNd.

  • Sigma Geranimo
    Sigma Geranimo 5 months ago

    what kind of experiment that took human to understand atom of a material ?

  • Mel Gross
    Mel Gross 5 months ago

    I haven’t looked up when the Wright’s built their engine. But, Elwood Haynes, first used an aluminum engine block in his cars in the late 1890’s, possibly in 1896, or thereabouts. Haynes invented stainless steel, Stellite, an alloy with no iron used for cutting tools, the transmission, and numerous other alloys and inventions. You guys should look him up. He’s a major figure, though most people today don’t know who he is, which is a pity.

  • OMG India! 2020
    OMG India! 2020 5 months ago

    excellent, can you explain little slower?? need more mind blowing videos like this.

  • Gentel Men's channel
    Gentel Men's channel 5 months ago

    We Germans🇩🇪🇩🇪🇩🇪 are always advanced😎

  • Tesseract 14
    Tesseract 14 6 months ago

    It still does not belong in car engines, yes I can understand using it for something like an experimental plane, but it does not belong in a car engine that is meant to last for a while

  • Miek Adriaens
    Miek Adriaens 6 months ago

    Is the video on carbon reinforced plastics still coming?

  • Saskia van Houtert
    Saskia van Houtert 6 months ago

    Thanks for explanation, like to hear more, thanks.

  • Norman Hawcroft
    Norman Hawcroft 7 months ago

    Great video!

  • Attack Shovel
    Attack Shovel 7 months ago

    You make amazing videos

  • Zahid Ansari
    Zahid Ansari 8 months ago +5

    I have my material and hardware Exam this week!
    I think I should have uninstalled PUBG atleast 2 months before!
    I dont want want to repeat nor I want bad grades😢 but its too late!

  • SevenDeMagnus
    SevenDeMagnus 8 months ago

    Hi. Alphatek invented the aluminum metal. How'd it become transparent?

  • Dame Anvil
    Dame Anvil 9 months ago

    Not just Wright Brothers aluminium was maleable, but currently all metal is.

  • Southampton Metals
    Southampton Metals 9 months ago


  • Gordon Lawrence
    Gordon Lawrence 9 months ago

    Good vid. I didn't realise Dural was that old. It was a "new" material for competition cycle parts in the late 70's and early 80's.

  • Manusia Biasa
    Manusia Biasa 10 months ago

    i just realize why Germany (Deutschland) have a lot of power to fight the world in WW2. because they have lucky and great Metallurgist that found the way to made aluminium strong enough so they can made lot of airplane, or something else to develop their power. and with that power they can be one of the best country at the time. and i think nowadays they still have that power.
    thanks a lot for u information .

  • bj chen
    bj chen 10 months ago

    this channel is for all engineering students!

  • Aditya Vaid
    Aditya Vaid 10 months ago

    aluminum is is the civilisation it helped usher..everything was stolen from the cradel of civilisation bharat..