Factors to Consider in Choosing Specialty Metals
Specialty metals include aluminum, steel, bronze, nickel, titanium, as well as other metal alloys. These metals have different uses. The alloys formed as a result of mixing titanium with metals such as vanadium and aluminum are strong and durable hence suitable in the following sectors including military operations, medical field, aerospace engineering as well as in the sporting field.
Some of the essential components that are made when nickel and iron are mixed to form nickel-iron alloy include rechargeable batteries, stainless steel, coins, electric guitar strings, special alloys as well as magnets. Nickel is ductile, hard and resistant to corrosion, therefore it has a slow rate of oxidation at room temperature. When two metals are mixed, they form an alloy. Some of the alloys that metal manufacturing companies produce include brass, solder, bronze, and steel.
The following are the tips to choosing the ideal specialty metal for your construction needs. First and foremost, you need to consider the strength requirement of the metal. For instance when you are looking for a high strength steel, you need to look for Austenitic stainless steels that provide high strengths, on the other hand, one can use martensitic grades. When you are using metal alloys, you need to consider if the alloys you want to use is resistance to corrosion. Contractors need to consider choosing metals that are resistant to corrosion especially when they want to take part in projects that will be near sea or oceans.
Other than checking if the special metal is resistant to corrosion, it is also vital to confirm if it is also resistance to pressure and heat. When you are working in an oil and gas processing company, you need to consider high temperatures that a metal will need to withstand the processing process. Also, you need to if the metal is going to be subjected to heat treatment, if that is the case then you need to the various grades of metals are going to affected by the heat. Most specialty metals are chosen due to their corrosion resistance ability; however, it is vital to beware of the grades of metals that provide the required resistance. Moreover, when looking for a specialty metal, it is vital also to consider the price, the price of a metal is determined by the number of subconstituent metals that are used in making the alloy, the more metals that it has, the expensive it is.
Besides, one need to know if machining is required when working with the metals. When subjecting the metals to machines , users need to be cautious since some may hardened while other can be machined pretty well.