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01Dec 2017

Those who have professional expertise in the airline industry know the very important role structural metals play in the construction of aircraft, particularly in the construction of airframes. This knowledge is key to the successful creation and maintenance of aircrafts, as any deviation from the specifically prescribed metals in the construction of aircraft pieces can lead to disaster. Continue reading

30Nov 2017

Most of us are familiar with the term “anodizing,” but how many of us actually know what it means? Anodizing is a process that helps to create a thicker than usual layer of aluminum oxide over a base material. Though this process can happen naturally, anodizing speeds the process along, which is helpful for protecting a piece of aluminum that contains other elements in an alloy. While pure aluminum is naturally resistant to corrosion, an aluminum alloy may corrode, which is why a layer of thick aluminum oxide is sometimes put over the alloy to protect it by the process of anodizing. Continue reading

01Nov 2017

For a person who is not involved in the world of metal alloys on a professional level, the terms “ferrous” and “non-ferrous” may leave you feeling a bit confused – the same way you felt on the morning of that final exam when you realized you never got around to studying the chapter on heavy metals. People who work with metals, however, realize that these distinctions are important, so here’s a quick guide to the differences between ferrous and non-ferrous metals. Continue reading

01Oct 2017

Thermal conductivity is the term for a metal’s ability to conduct heat. This is an important quality to understand as it has serious implications for a metal’s industrial use, especially when very high temperatures are a concern, like in an aircraft engine.
The level of thermal conductivity stays relatively constant for pure metals; but in metal alloys, it will go up as temperatures increase. Continue reading

22Jun 2017

Brass is one of the most popular and universally used metals for various reasons. One of the most obvious is because of its aesthetic appeal. Brass gives off a shine that can only be compared to the likes of gold and silver and is relatively economical. Its distinct shine is a key reason why you are likely to see brass used in architectural design. Brass is also highly malleable and a conductive material that is commonly used in electrical wiring. This low maintenance alloy’s corrosion-resisting properties coupled with its aesthetic appeal has made it a popular metal for the following industries.
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13Jun 2017

Multi-layered insulation (MLI) provides thermal control to a variety of spacecraft, instruments and launch vehicles. Mainly used for limiting the amount of radiative heat transfer, multi-layered insulation has become a mainstay in aviation and aerospace. Although metals like titanium can be heat resistant, other metals might not be able to handle such drastic temperature changes. MLI can be utilized to counter extreme heat transfer from conduction and radiation. MLI can only control heat in a vacuum making it ineffective for countering convection (the transfer of heat through physical movement of molecules).
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21May 2017
a computer chip

The technology industry experienced a boom at the turn of the century and hasn’t slowed down since. A computer that used to fill an entire room was condensed to a personal computer, then into a laptop, and now a miniature device that can fit in your pocket. This has changed how we see technology and will continue to influence the many generations to come. While consumers were great benefactors of the tech boom, many material sourcing companies experienced an increase in orders for high quality metals and materials during this time. The need for these metals and materials continue to increase as the technology industry continues to reach unforeseen heights. Continue reading

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