Aluminium Alloy - General Information - EN Standards for Rolled Aluminium


EN Standards for Rolled Aluminium

The old BS1470 standard has been replaced by nine EN standards:

EN485-1: Technical conditions for inspection and delivery
EN485-2: Mechanical Properties
EN485-3: Tolerances for HOT Rolled Material
EN485-4: Tolerances for COLD Rolled material
EN515: Temper Designations
EN573-1: Numerical alloy designation system
EN573-2: Chemical symbol designation system
EN573-3: Chemical Compositions
EN573-4: Product forms in different alloys

For those familiar with the old BS1470 it is useful to highlight where the new EN standards differ:

• Chemical Compositions – No Change.

• Alloy Numbering System – No Change.

• Temper Designations for Heat Treatable Alloys – A new wider range of special tempers having up to four digits after the T have been introduced for non-standard applications (e.g. T6151).

• Temper Designations for Non Heat Treatable Alloys – No change to existing tempers but a more comprehensive definition of how tempers are achieved.

• Mechanical Properties – Similar but not identical. Also, 0.2% Proof Stress must now be quoted on test certificates.

• Thickness Tolerances – Considerably tighter for alloys 1050A & 3103. To reflect manufacturing difficulty the tolerances for alloys 5251, 5083 & 6082 are now wider than this, although still a little tighter than in BS1470.

• Length and Width Tolerances – These tend to be tighter and are now all on the plus side (i.e. minus zero).

• Flatness Tolerances – These are considerably tighter.

Alloy Groups

Please note that thickness tolerances for Cold Rolled material vary according to Alloy, with the Alloys falling into two groups as shown below.

Alloy Group I
1080A, 1070A, 1050A, 1200
3003, 3103, 3005, 3105
4006, 4007
5005, 5050
Alloy Group II
2014, 2017A, 2024
5040, 5049, 5251, 5052, 5154A, 5454, 5754, 5182, 5083, 5086
6061, 6082
7020, 7021, 7022, 7075

Thickness Tolerances - Cold Rolled Sheet & Strip

Please note that thickness tolerances for Cold Rolled material vary according to Alloy, with the Alloys falling into two groups as shown above.

The thickness tolerances also vary according to the width of the maetrial as shown in the tables below.

Thickness mmTolerance (+/-)mmTolerance (+/-)mmTolerance (+/-)mm
Group I 1000mm wideGroup I 1250mm wideGroup I 1500mm wide
0.2 to
0.41 to0.500.030.040.05
0.51 to 0.600.030.050.06
0.61 to 0.800.030.060.07
0.81 to
1.1 to
1.21 to 1.500.050.090.10
1.51 to 1.800.060.100.11
1.81 to
2.1 to
2.6 to
3.1 to

Thickness Tolerances - Cold Rolled Sheet & Strip

Thickness mmTolerance (+/-)Tolerance (+/-)Tolerance (+/-)
Group II 1000mm wideGroup II 1250mm wideGroup II 1500mm wide
0.2 to
0.41 to 0.500.030.050.06
0.51 to 0.600.040.060.07
0.61 to 0.800.040.070.08
0.81 to
1.1 to
1.21 to 1.500.070.110.12
1.51 to 1.800.080.120.13
1.81 to
2.1 to
2.60 to
3.1 to

Thickness Tolerances - Cold Rolled Sheet & Strip

Thickness mmTolerance (+/-)Tolerance (+/-)Tolerance (+/-)
Group I/II 1000mm wideGroup I/II 1250mm wideGroup I/II 1500mm wide
3.6 to
4.1 to
5.1 to
6.1 to
8.1 to
10.1 to 12.00.320.380.40
12.1 to 15.00.360.420.43
15.1 to 200.380.440.46
21 to 250.400.460.48
26 to 300.450.500.53
31 to 400.500.550.58
41 to 500.550.600.63

Thickness Tolerances - Hot Rolled Plate

Thickness mmTolerance (+/-)Tolerance (+/-)
1250mm Wide1500mm Wide
2.5 to
4.1 to 5.00.300.30
5.1 to 6.00.320.32
6.1 to 8.00.350.40
8.1 to 10.00.450.50
10.1 to 15.00.500.60
15.1 to 200.600.70
21 to 300.650.75
31 to 400.750.85
41 to 500.901.0
51 to 601.11.2
61 to 801.41.5
81 to 1001.71.8
101 to 1502.12.2
151 to 2202.52.6
221 to 3502.82.9
351 to 4003.53.7

Length Tolerances

Thickness mmHot Rolled EN485-3 (-0mm) Plus:Cold Rolled EN 485-4 (-0mm) Plus:
0.2 to 3.08.0mm6.0mm
3.0 to 6.08.0mm8.0mm
6.0 to 12.08.0mm 10mm
12.0 to 50.09.0mm-
over 50.09.0mm-
Applies to lengths 2001mm to 3000mm

Width Tolerances

Thickness mmHot Rolled EN485-3 (-0mm) Plus:Cold Rolled EN 485-4 (-0mm) Plus:
0.2 to 3.0-3.0mm
3.1 to 6.07.0mm4.0mm
6.1 to 12.07.0mm5.0mm
12.1 to 50.08.0mm-
51.0 to 2008.0mm-
201 to 40011.0mm-
Applies to widths 1001mm to 2000mmApplies to widths 501mm to 1250mm

Flatness Tolerances

ProductThickness mmMax Deviation over 2500mm lengthMax Deviation over 1250mm width
Cold Rolled0.5 to 3.010.0mm5.0mm
3.0 to 6.07.5mm3.75mm
Hot Rolled6.0 to 2005.0mm2.5mm

Last Datasheet Revision

8 September 2017


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