October 3, 2022

Alcoa Wheels

To avoid fatigue fractures from forming at weld seams, Alcoa wheels are molded as an one piece rather than as two separate pieces. The Alcoa wheels are made of an alloy composite that has been heat treated to increase tensile strength and durability. This forging ensures that the grain flows in the proper direction, in the direction of the wheel’s curves, therefore increasing the strength of the product. Aluminum Alcoa wheels keep their brightness and shine thanks to a patented technique known as DURA-BRIGHT® WHEELS with XBR® TECHNOLOGY, which is used in conjunction with XBR® TECHNOLOGY. This surface treatment lowers the requirement for maintenance, with aluminum wheels just requiring a simple wash with soap and water, with no need for polishing or refinishing. Dura-Bright® wheels with XBRTM Technology maintain their luster and do not require polishing or refinishing.

As part of their design, Alcoa wheels have corrosion resistance built in. Additionally, because of their high specification and particularly light weight, the vehicle’s overall weight is reduced, providing a smoother ride with less weight on the suspension, as well as improved traction when cornering. The manufacturers’ trust in their Alcoa wheels is demonstrated by the fact that they provide a limited five-year guarantee on the majority of their goods. In particular, this is fantastic news for commercial vehicles, since the wheels forged specifically for this market are very robust, lightweight, and corrosion-resistant, with Dura-Flange Wheels protecting the rims from wear and tear.

Alcoa Inc. created the first forged aluminum truck wheel in 1948, and the company is currently at the forefront of the production of alumina goods, which includes the wheels manufactured by Alcoa Wheel Products. No items in the Alcoa Wheels line contain any type of welding that might weaken the final wheel, and all products in the range have been certified by the Society of Automotive Engineers under Code SAE J267. It is necessary to heat treat metal to specified temperatures in order to guarantee that it is properly tempered within within designated limits for aluminum alloys in order to give the tensile strength and flexibility required from a wheel of this quality. It is not necessary to do additional processing such as painting or welding since doing so would compromise full compliance with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS).

QA procedures have noted that any amendment or alteration that is made in addition to the actual heat tempering of the forged alloy may result in the alloy shrinking or cracking, as well as breaking while under stress. As a result, wheel cracks may form and the tire may separate from the aluminum wheel while being inflated or mounted, with the possibility of a fatal accident occurring.