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Weight and Dimensions
Length1250mm
Width625mm
Product Data
ColourSilver
Max Service Temp120°C
Chemistry / MaterialAluminium
BrandCorex
Wall Thickness0.07mm
Density (Dry)83kg/m³
Cell Size6.4mm
Thickness10mm
Mechanical Properties
Compressive Strength (Stabilised)4.52MPa
Plate Shear Strength (lengthways)2.48MPa
Plate Shear Modulus (lengthways)448MPa
Plate Shear Strength (widthways)1.45MPa
Plate Shear Modulus (widthways)241MPa
Features
FeaturesCorrosion TreatedYes
General Properties
Gross Weight0.675kg

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6.4mm (1/4") Cell Aluminium Honeycomb

Unexpanded, unperforated aluminium honeycomb core material made from 3003 grade alloy. The honeycomb has a 83kg/m3 density and medium 1/4" cells. This specification is recommended for most typical honeycomb core composites projects, offering a good balance of density, cell size and cost. Whilst most commonly uses in conjunction with prepreg laminates and as adhesive film it can also be used in both open wet-lay and vacuum bagged processes.

Available in 10mm, 15mm and 20mm thicknesses in full sheet sizes of 2500mm x 1250mm or quarter sheets of 1250mm x 652mm.


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High performance aluminium honeycomb core material exactly as supplied to the world's top composites engineering, aerospace and motorsport manufacturers.

Used correctly, aluminium honeycomb can be used to reduce the weight and increase the stiffness of composite panels in a wide range of applications:

This medium 6.4mm / 1/4" cell size honeycomb is an excellent 'all rounder' honeycomb suitable for a wide range of applications including motorsport, marine, renewable energy and transport. The 6.4mm / 1/4" cell size is a good balance between strength, weight and cost making this our most popular aluminium honeycomb.

How to Buy

The honeycomb listed on this page is available in 10mm, 15mm and 20mm thicknesses. Please choose the thickness you require from the options at the top of the page.

Sheets are available in blocks which will expand to a full sheet size of 2500mm x 1250mm or to a smaller sheet size of 1250mm x 652mm. Please choose the sheet size you require from the drop-down list at the top of the page.

We also stock in 1/8"e; cell size aluminium honeycomb and 3/4" cell size aluminium honeycomb.

Expanded Sheet Sizes

We stock and ship all our aluminium honeycomb in unexpanded (block) form. This makes them much smaller and more cost effective to ship but also, importantly, ensures that they are delivered undamaged, ready to be easily expanded into a faultless sheet of honeycomb.

Expanding the Aluminium Honeycomb

IMPORTANT - wear gloves before handling the block.

Commonly Aluminium Honeycomb is supplied as an unexpanded block. This is for two reasons, firstly because expanded honeycomb would be expensive to ship, and secondly because in its expanded un-stabilised form, the honeycomb is very susceptible to damage and would unlikely survive transport intact.

In large scale manufacturing, a specialist expanding machine is used to expand the honeycomb. However, for smaller applications and one off jobs, such machinery is prohibitively expensive and large thus an alternative method is needed. The aim of this guide is to show you a simple method that can be used to successfully expand the sheet by hand.

Equipment needed

You will need 2 wooden battens, both as wide as the sheet you are expanding and stiff enough not to flex too much. 2” by 4” wooden battens are usually ideal and easily obtained. You will also need a bag of wood nails. They need to be long enough so that they can go through both the wooden batten and still protrude enough to go through the honeycomb.

For cutting honeycomb you need a steel ruler and a sharp Stanley type knife with a blade long enough to cut through the honeycomb to its full thickness in one go.

Making tools to aid expansion

Take one of the battens and mark out a series of dots on the wood along the battens length spaced at approximately 50mm intervals.

Once marked, hammer the nails through the dots marked on the batten (taking care nothing is underneath!). The final result should be a batten with regular nails poking through.

Repeat for the second batten so you have two identical battens with nails sticking out.

You now just need a flat surface to work on and an assistant to help you expand the honeycomb.

Expanding the honeycomb

The first step is to lay the honeycomb onto a flat surface and by hand tease out gently the first few cells. Take care as you work across the sheet to ensure you do not pull too much out in one go as otherwise the honeycomb will kink making it harder to work.

The reason for expanding the first few cells by hand is to give the nails enough material to pull out the sheet without just ripping through the cells at the edge. The sheets are deliberately cut oversize to allow a little waste at each end due to expansion.

Repeat on the other side of the honeycomb.

At this stage you will need an assistant. Insert the batten tools into each side of the honeycomb. With one person holding each batten, slowly apply tension to expand the honeycomb.

If you find it is just ripping through the cells you have teased out by hand, then stop, pull out a few more cells by hand then start the process again. Expect the cells at the edge to distort and stretch as the sheet expands.

As you build up tension the honeycomb will begin to expand. Be careful you don’t put on too much force and distort excessively the honeycomb as it expands. Gentle but firm is the method to use.

Continue to apply the tension to the battens to expand the whole sheet, taking care as it expands to keep the sheet as straight as possible. Once you are happy the honeycomb has been expanded sufficiently, then you can remove the battens and then use the honeycomb for your project.

Cutting the honeycomb

You will need a sharp Stanley type knife and a metal ruler. The blade needs to be long enough to cut the cell foils in one action for the chosen thickness of honeycomb.

The method is relatively simple. Measure the sheet out and use the metal rule as the cutting edge. Working from one side of the planned cut, individually cut through each cell foil from top to bottom using the knife. You need to ensure each foil is fully cut before moving onto the next one, so that when you try to separate the honeycomb, it comes apart neatly and doesn’t catch or distort the cells.

Do not attempt to cut across the honeycomb in one go as it is easy to tear and distort the cells as you drag the knife blade across the honeycomb.

Trade discounts

0-45+
£22.20£19.98
We won’t be beaten on price!

If you believe you’re buying an equivalent product cheaper elsewhere, contact us to discuss your requirements.

High performance aluminium honeycomb core material exactly as supplied to the world's top composites engineering, aerospace and motorsport manufacturers.

Used correctly, aluminium honeycomb can be used to reduce the weight and increase the stiffness of composite panels in a wide range of applications:

This medium 6.4mm / 1/4" cell size honeycomb is an excellent 'all rounder' honeycomb suitable for a wide range of applications including motorsport, marine, renewable energy and transport. The 6.4mm / 1/4" cell size is a good balance between strength, weight and cost making this our most popular aluminium honeycomb.

How to Buy

The honeycomb listed on this page is available in 10mm, 15mm and 20mm thicknesses. Please choose the thickness you require from the options at the top of the page.

Sheets are available in blocks which will expand to a full sheet size of 2500mm x 1250mm or to a smaller sheet size of 1250mm x 652mm. Please choose the sheet size you require from the drop-down list at the top of the page.

We also stock in 1/8"e; cell size aluminium honeycomb and 3/4" cell size aluminium honeycomb.

Expanded Sheet Sizes

We stock and ship all our aluminium honeycomb in unexpanded (block) form. This makes them much smaller and more cost effective to ship but also, importantly, ensures that they are delivered undamaged, ready to be easily expanded into a faultless sheet of honeycomb.

Expanding the Aluminium Honeycomb

IMPORTANT - wear gloves before handling the block.

Commonly Aluminium Honeycomb is supplied as an unexpanded block. This is for two reasons, firstly because expanded honeycomb would be expensive to ship, and secondly because in its expanded un-stabilised form, the honeycomb is very susceptible to damage and would unlikely survive transport intact.

In large scale manufacturing, a specialist expanding machine is used to expand the honeycomb. However, for smaller applications and one off jobs, such machinery is prohibitively expensive and large thus an alternative method is needed. The aim of this guide is to show you a simple method that can be used to successfully expand the sheet by hand.

Equipment needed

You will need 2 wooden battens, both as wide as the sheet you are expanding and stiff enough not to flex too much. 2” by 4” wooden battens are usually ideal and easily obtained. You will also need a bag of wood nails. They need to be long enough so that they can go through both the wooden batten and still protrude enough to go through the honeycomb.

For cutting honeycomb you need a steel ruler and a sharp Stanley type knife with a blade long enough to cut through the honeycomb to its full thickness in one go.

Making tools to aid expansion

Take one of the battens and mark out a series of dots on the wood along the battens length spaced at approximately 50mm intervals.

Once marked, hammer the nails through the dots marked on the batten (taking care nothing is underneath!). The final result should be a batten with regular nails poking through.

Repeat for the second batten so you have two identical battens with nails sticking out.

You now just need a flat surface to work on and an assistant to help you expand the honeycomb.

Expanding the honeycomb

The first step is to lay the honeycomb onto a flat surface and by hand tease out gently the first few cells. Take care as you work across the sheet to ensure you do not pull too much out in one go as otherwise the honeycomb will kink making it harder to work.

The reason for expanding the first few cells by hand is to give the nails enough material to pull out the sheet without just ripping through the cells at the edge. The sheets are deliberately cut oversize to allow a little waste at each end due to expansion.

Repeat on the other side of the honeycomb.

At this stage you will need an assistant. Insert the batten tools into each side of the honeycomb. With one person holding each batten, slowly apply tension to expand the honeycomb.

If you find it is just ripping through the cells you have teased out by hand, then stop, pull out a few more cells by hand then start the process again. Expect the cells at the edge to distort and stretch as the sheet expands.

As you build up tension the honeycomb will begin to expand. Be careful you don’t put on too much force and distort excessively the honeycomb as it expands. Gentle but firm is the method to use.

Continue to apply the tension to the battens to expand the whole sheet, taking care as it expands to keep the sheet as straight as possible. Once you are happy the honeycomb has been expanded sufficiently, then you can remove the battens and then use the honeycomb for your project.

Cutting the honeycomb

You will need a sharp Stanley type knife and a metal ruler. The blade needs to be long enough to cut the cell foils in one action for the chosen thickness of honeycomb.

The method is relatively simple. Measure the sheet out and use the metal rule as the cutting edge. Working from one side of the planned cut, individually cut through each cell foil from top to bottom using the knife. You need to ensure each foil is fully cut before moving onto the next one, so that when you try to separate the honeycomb, it comes apart neatly and doesn’t catch or distort the cells.

Do not attempt to cut across the honeycomb in one go as it is easy to tear and distort the cells as you drag the knife blade across the honeycomb.

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Technical Datasheet (TDS)98 KB

Specification

Weight and Dimensions
Length1250mm
Width625mm
Product Data
ColourSilver
Max Service Temp120°C
Chemistry / MaterialAluminium
BrandCorex
Wall Thickness0.07mm
Density (Dry)83kg/m³
Cell Size6.4mm
Thickness10mm
Mechanical Properties
Compressive Strength (Stabilised)4.52MPa
Plate Shear Strength (lengthways)2.48MPa
Plate Shear Modulus (lengthways)448MPa
Plate Shear Strength (widthways)1.45MPa
Plate Shear Modulus (widthways)241MPa
Features
FeaturesCorrosion TreatedYes
General Properties
Gross Weight0.675kg
Can’t find the answer you’re looking for?Ask our technical team a question.

We sell a product called ET538 Honeycomb Bonding Adhesive. Although this adhesive is primarily aimed at bonding aluminium honeycomb to composite or aluminium skins it would also be ideal for bonding the honeycomb to wood. Epoxies are well known for their excellent bond to wood and the bond to the honeycomb would also be excellent.

Start by using your fingers to tease some of the cells open at the edges of the block. Once you've done this we use a simply 'puller' fashioned from a strip of wood with a series of nails in. We hook the nails through the open cells and then just pull the whole assembly to open the cells. As you expand it you can unhook the cells from over the nails and move them across so they are slightly closer together (the width of the honeycomb reduces as it becomes properly expanded). It might not sound too sophisticated but it works well and the commercial expanders aren't much different.

This can be done by hand using a cutting template on top of the expanded honeycomb and a sharp knife to cut through the foils, or alternatively laser cutting can be used with a CAD drawn template to cut the discs more precisely and neatly.

Yes absolutely, our aluminium honeycomb is often used on laser cutting beds. We have many regular customers who use it for that exact purpose. To ensure the Honeycomb lays flat, customers usually put the honeycomb into the original manufacturers supplied bed frame or fabricate a frame of their own to suit.

What it means is that the cell walls/foil have got tiny regular perforations in the foil itself into adjoining cells. This helps to avoid any pressure imbalance between cells, especially when processing using positive (autoclave) or negative (vacuum bag) pressure.

The easiest way to cut aluminium honeycomb is to use a metal ruler as a guide and slice through the foils and cells using a stanley blade or similar. Each individual foil will cut easily and neatly as long as the blade is long enough to cut the foil in one step.

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