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I'm working on a project and I am comparing to metal shapes, both approximately 1.5"x3". The first is an aluminum rectangular tube and the second is a light gauge steel rolled "C" shape. What I am looking for is strength/load bearing capacity. Thank you for any help you can provide.
 

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This is for a frame design that gets wrapped. (Kind of like a wing.) Although there will be some lateral forces, most of the force will be vertical only with lots of vibration. The steel would be 14 gauge and the aluminum would be 1/8" thick. The orientation of the shapes would be with the 3" dimension being vertical. Also, comparing a 6061 vs. 7005 alloy would be nice also.
 

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This is for a frame design that gets wrapped. (Kind of like a wing.) Although there will be some lateral forces, most of the force will be vertical only with lots of vibration. The steel would be 14 gauge and the aluminum would be 1/8" thick. The orientation of the shapes would be with the 3" dimension being vertical. Also, comparing a 6061 vs. 7005 alloy would be nice also.
Rectangular tube
 
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