When it comes to industrial materials, alloys are used often and for a wide range of things. An alloy is any metal by combining two or more metallic elements. Doing this creates something much stronger or with a special feature to it, such as being resistant to corrosion. An alloy is used in things like alloy castings and more.
Alloys are usually more popular and useful in industrial settings than untreated metals because of all the benefits of using them. Some combinations yield stronger materials where others are useful because of abilities they gain like becoming resistant to corrosion. These alloys are used because they cut down on cost. While they may be more expensive to work with, they do not require a lot of upkeep and end up saving you money in the long run.
One of the most common alloys is stainless steel. It is primarily used in wires and ribbon forms. Alloys like nickel-chromium, nickel-chromium-iron, and iron-chromium-aluminum are extremely popular given how they can be used for high-temperature heating elements. A majority of alloys are used for their anti-corroding effects. There are also alloys that are used for their magnetic properties in things like magnetic cores and switches.
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