Aluminum foil has a reputation for not holding up well over time, and is particularly prone to cracking and cracking.
But in a study published in April, researchers found that keeping aluminum foil inside your home could be the key to preventing your aluminum panels from becoming brittle and breaking.
The study used a laboratory model to simulate the effects of the weathering process on the aluminum foil.
“In our model, the effects are very similar to those we see with conventional aluminum foil, and the main difference is that we see the cracking from a high temperature,” lead researcher Robert L. Smith told the Associated Press.
“We found that the cracking is caused by the moisture inside the aluminum, which melts and creates cracks.”
Smith said the findings are significant because they showed that even under ideal conditions, the aluminum can be vulnerable to cracking.
“It is not just that aluminum is a material, it is that it is a component,” he said.
The researchers measured the strength of aluminum foil at room temperature, then at high temperatures in the lab.
They found that aluminum foil held up well at room temperatures, but the process also weakened aluminum foil after exposure to extreme temperatures.
“Our results suggest that in some cases, it’s not necessary to keep aluminum foil on the wall, but to use a different method for cooling the panels,” Smith said.
“This shows that even a small change in cooling temperature may have a profound effect on the behavior of aluminum in a way that can significantly affect its stability.”
The study was funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.