Working with metal is a skill humans have progressed in over hundreds of years. Today, there are almost too many different types of alloys to count. Since metal is used in the production of almost everything we use worldwide, you can imagine how many different examples of alloys we have. Here are a few different types of alloys that make up a small portion of the global industrial complex.
- Aluminum Alloys
Although Aluminum alone isn’t the strongest metal, it is used in combination with other metals to create conductive, heat and tarnish resistant alloys. Aluminum is used in many essential mechanical components including car engines, airplane body panels, and boat hulls.
- Nickel Alloys
When Nickel and other metals come in contact with specific chemicals, they react in a way that produces electricity. This process has been harnessed in batteries worldwide and continuing research in the field has lead to the promise of electric cars.
- Stainless Steel Products
All steel alloys are actually made from iron and and carbon. The carbon prevents the iron from oxidizing. Chromium and Nickel are added as well to produce stainless steel. There are four classes of alloy steel: structural steels, magnetic alloys, tool and die steels, and heat-resisting stainless steels. Consumers are very familiar with the last type since refrigerators, sinks, forks, knives, and my other products are made from stainless steel.
- Gold Alloys
Many different types of jewelry that’s ‘gold’ isn’t actually pure gold, but actually an alloy. That’s because gold is incredibly malleable, making it next to impossible to form durable jewelry with. Gold itself is used in manufacturing electronics due to the same malleability and because it is electrically conductive.
There are many interesting and unique uses for different types of alloys. With too many existing alloys to name, just know that there’s a specific alloy for your intended purpose. There needs to be, too, because there are literally thousands of products, tools, machines, and molds that require completely different properties to function correctly. If you would like to learn our about our specialized materials, contact us today with details about your needs.