Nature provides only a limited choice of very dense metals. Of all these elemental choices, tungsten is the only practical element for use in most density driven applications.
Tungsten is extremely hard and durable, which is why it is so useful in so many different industries.
Alloy is a metal made by combining two or more elements of metal, primarily to give greater strength or resistance to corrosion. The tungsten alloy family has plenty of industrial applications because of the strength of this metal. Here is some additional information about the tungsten alloy family and its most common types.
Tungsten nickel iron
The most common alloys in the heavy metals industry are tungsten nickel iron alloys. The reason nickel iron alloys are so popular is because the density, ductility, and strength are relatively unmatched by virtually any other metal alloy.
Tungsten nickel copper
Nickel copper alloys are useful during certain tasks within the metals industry. Whenever magnetic permeability is involved, copper alloys are necessary to get the job done. Though using copper means lower tensile ductility and strength, the lack of magnetic properties makes it a great option for oncology systems and tasks, shielding electrical sensors, and rotating inertia members in guidance systems.
Tungsten carbide falls between 8.5 and 9 on Moh’s hardness scale, coming in behind diamonds at a solid 10. In addition, tungsten carbide is roughly twice the stiffness and density of steel and halfway between lead and gold. Carbide is formed during a chemical reaction between tungsten metal powder and carbon powder. Carbide inserts can perform like unalloyed tungsten and are extremely resistant to chemical corrosions and attacks. Tungsten carbide is also the most important tungsten compound and is used in 60% of all tungsten consumption jobs.
Tungsten is a complicated metal that is extremely important within various industries across the globe. If you want to learn more about tungsten carbide bits, tungsten recycling, or any other information pertaining to the tungsten alloy family, contact Tungco today.