09Feb 2018
Glowing Carbon Steel

Carbon Steel is a metal used in many different industries, as it is affordable and has a wide range of properties that can be used in a variety of mechanical applications. This type of steel is 0.5 percent to 2.0 percent carbon with iron and trace levels of other metals in its composition. It’s important to choose the appropriate carbon steel grade for the needs of the project at hand. Here are some questions to consider when choosing a type of carbon steel. Continue reading

22Jan 2018

One of the most important qualities of a metal is its strength. The ways in which metals are used in industries like construction and auto manufacturing make the inherent strength of certain metals of huge importance. Metal alloys, which are the product of a combination of metals, have greater strength than metals in original form. Continue reading

08Jan 2018

Copper is a metal used in a wide range of industries, from the brass in musical instruments to the copper alloy siding used in the hulls of military ships. The many practical uses for this versatile metal make it an ever-present element in modern life, but its uses go back to ancient times. Continue reading

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