Metal alloys are used in various industries across the globe. Without metals, the world would fall apart; structures would crumble, automobiles would fall to pieces, and there would be no such thing as a “quality” tool. Thankfully, metal is alive and well in the modern world.


So what are some of the most durable metals used today? There are 118 elements in the periodic table and about 91 of them are metals; the others are either metalloids or nonmetals. However, some elements appear in both metallic and non-metallic forms. In addition, combinations of elements make for extremely durable metal alloys. Let’s take a look at two of the most popular metal alloys: Monel vs stainless steel.


Stainless Steel


Here are some important questions and information pertaining to stainless steel:


  • What is the most common grade of stainless steel? — Though stainless steel is an extremely popular alloy, the number one most popular grade is stainless steel 304.
  • Are there other classes of steel? — Though stainless steel is the most popular, there are other classes, including crucible steel, carbon steel, alloy steel, maraging steel, weathering steel, tool steel, and spring steel.
  • Where is the majority of stainless steel produced? — Today, most stainless steel comes from China. In fact, stainless steel production in China accounts for more than 50% of global annual stainless steel production.




Here are some important questions and information pertaining to Monel:


  • What is Monel? — Monel is commonly used in applications with highly corrosive conditions. Small additions of aluminum and titanium form an alloy (K-500) with the same corrosion resistance. However, with much greater strength due to gamma prime formation during aging, Monel is typically much more expensive than stainless steel.
  • What is Monel made of? — Monel is a group of nickel alloys, primarily composed of nickel and copper, as well as small amounts of iron, carbon, silicon, and manganese.
  • When was Monel discovered? — Monel was created by the International Nickel Company in 1901.


It’s important to note that there are many types of alloys available on the market, to find specialized Monel, steel, copper, aluminum, and bronze alloys, you should consult with Diversified Metals.