Cobalt

Cobalt jet engineUsually found in mineral ores, cobalt is somewhat abundant in Earth’s crust. With, a bluish-white, brittle, hard texture it’s easy to spot. Most produced cobalt is used in combination with other metals to give them certain qualities. Commonly combined with chromium and molybdenum for prosthetic parts, cobalt can be essential in many different industries.

Uses of Cobalt

Cobalt has a high heat resistance making it useful for parts that are frequently exposed to high concentrations of heat. It also has a high melting point that allows it to last a long time while being prone to face harsh temperatures. Because of its magnetic properties, cobalt is used in electronic devices like smartphones, and recording devices.

Other properties of cobalt include:

  • Corrosive resistance
  • Resistance to oxidation (loss of electrons)
  • Bright colors that can be made to shine
  • (Radiation) Radioactive cobalt-60 is used in cancer therapy and food preservation

Without cobalt many high performance alloys wouldn’t be possible. High powered lithium-ion batteries also benefit greatly from cobalt. Cobalt can extend the lifetime of batteries because of its oxidation resistance making it

In aviation, cobalt is used in engines because of the high temperatures they can reach. Engines often reach over 1,400 degrees celsius making cobalt a necessity because of its high melting point of 1,495 degrees celsius. Its high melting point allows it to withstand the extreme temperatures easier.

While cobalt is mainly used in combination with other metals, it still serves as a prime component of batteries which are used universally in all industries. Although cobalt is abundant, it’s still important to buy it from a high quality dealer that understands how to maintain it. At Avion Alloys, we understand how to store materials like cobalt in ways that won’t lessen they’re natural properties. Make sure to contact us online for a free quote to begin a relationship with a top quality vendor today!