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Extrusion can be cold or hot, depending on the alloy and the method used. This article focuses on the direct hot extrusion and describes a typical sequence of operations for the direct extrusion of a solid section. It discusses the key variables of extrusion process, including extrusion speed and extrusion exit temperature. The article reviews the classification of extrusion presses: direct, direct for seamless hollow, and indirect. The functions of the press dies and tooling are presented in a table. The article discusses the extrusion of soft and medium-grade alloys, hard alloys, and aluminum-matrix composites. It reviews common aluminum extrusion defects, including surface defects, blisters, and internal cracking. The article concludes with a discussion on the drawing of solid section and aluminum tube.

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Pradip Saha, Extrusion and Drawing of Aluminum Alloys, Aluminum Science and Technology, Vol 2A, ASM Handbook, Edited By Kevin Anderson, FASM, John Weritz, J. Gilbert Kaufman, FASM, ASM International, 2018, p 293–310,

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