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Why Use Zirconium Parts and Components?

In the forging industry, companies often look for products with plasticity matching, good strength, moderate density, and can withstand a high-temperature atmosphere. Like titanium, zirconium also has outstanding corrosion resistance in several alkali and acid media. It is among the few essential structural materials used by nuclear industries.

Here are the reasons why several companies use zirconium parts and components.

Why use Zirconium?

Zirconium Properties and Applications

Properties Used in Zirconium Metalworking

Zirconium is an altered metal with a grayish-white luster. This compact metal is difficult to ignite and most of its components have low inherent toxicity.

What makes it predominantly appealing is that it is remarkably resistant to corrosion even when exposed to common acids and alkalis, seawater, and other agents. It is also known to become magnetic at low temperatures when alloyed with Zinc.

Applications

In the 1900s, about 90% of zirconium manufactured every year was used by the nuclear industry. Lately, however, as people gradually familiarize themselves with Zirconium and the benefits it offers, more applications have been found in various industries.

The chemical industry has been particularly interested in Zirconium due to its outstanding corrosion resistance. The most common types used are grades Zirconium 702 and Zirconium 705.

Interesting Facts about Zirconium

  • It does not readily absorb thermal neutrons
  • Both its physical and chemical properties are very similar to those of Titanium
  • It is extremely strong, ductile, and malleable
  • South Africa and Australia possess the most abundant sources of this metal
  • This metal was discovered in 1789 by Martin Heinrich Klaproth in Berlin
  • Zirconium got its name from the word “zircon”, which is the Persian word for “golden”
  • Europe and China are the leading consumer markets of this metal
  • It has been used as a gemstone since ancient times

Why use Zirconium?

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Zirconium Fasteners | Metalworking Ferralloy, Inc.

All metalworking components are not the same. It is important to understand the different types of metalworking materials and forms in order to decide which will be most beneficial for your specific needs. To help you get started, today we are going to explain Zirconium Fasteners. Keep reading to find out what they are, why they are used, and their applications.

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What are Zirconium Fasteners?

 Zirconium Fasteners are made from the chemical element Zirconium (Zr). Zirconium is a lustrous, grey-white, strong transition metal. To a small extent it even resembles titanium. They have mechanical and physical properties that make them perfect for metalworking.

Why are They Used? 

Primarily they are used for their unique properties. Zirconium fasteners are exceptionally resistant to corrosion by acids, alkalis and seawater. They specifically have great corrosion resistance to hydrochloric acid, sulfuric acid, organic acids, nitric acid, acetic acid, and sodium hydroxide. As a result, they are typically used any time strong acids are present and for corrosive services that are too severe for stainless steels, nickel alloys, and titanium. 

What are Their Applications?

In past decades, about 90% of zirconium produced every year was consumed by the nuclear industry. Recently, however, as people get increasingly familiar with Zirconium fasteners and their benefits, more applications have been found in various industries. The chemical industry has been particularly interested in Zirconium Fasteners due to its outstanding corrosion resistance. The most common fasteners of this type are grades Zirconium 702 and Zirconium 705.

No matter your industry or need, if you are looking for Zirconium Fasteners, Ferralloy, Inc. can supply them for you. We are the industry leader that can provide you with the highest quality product, competitively priced, and delivered on time. Simply call us or visit our metalworking company online today to din our how we can benefit your business!