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.
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.
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
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For the wide variety of uses available for metal across the multitude of industries, it may be difficult to decide on the specific material, process or shape needed. Ferralloy is available to help you navigate through you metalworking needs. From choosing which material is best suited for your project to determining which processes would benefit your company the most. In some cases, the material Zirconium is required for zirconium components, but there are some unfamiliar with the reasons and features that make this metal desirable and useful. To find out more about how Zirconium could benefit your project as a metal component, keep reading!
What is Zirconium?
A chemical element, Zirconium is a solid at room temperature; and it’s a strong solid at that. In nature Zirconium does not exist in a pure state. It must undergo complex physico-chemical processes in order to obtain pure zirconium. The metal itself resembles steel in many of its features and characteristics. Zirconium is resistant to corrosion and high temperature steam and water. The different alloys that can be created from Zirconium are design to also withstand highly corrosive environments, like organic and mineral acids and strong alkalis. Because of these features, this metal is highly useful in scenarios where components and parts will be exposed to extreme environments.
What Are Zirconium Components Applications?
The metal has a wide variety of products it is used in. Zirconium ingots, forgings, plants, sheets, rods, tubing and other zirconium components are just a few of the variety of products that can be made from this metal. As far as applications go, it is a key component in many military tools. Heat exchanges, condensers, piping systems, reactor vessels and valves are just some of the applications where zirconium could play a part.
For all of your zirconium component needs, Ferralloy can provide a rapid response, competitive pricing and just-in-time delivery. The wide variety of metals we offer includes metals of all grades and temper, as well as exotic and heat resistant alloys. We have the ability to supply the raw material or offer your company the finished and machined component. Call us at 440-250-1900 today or connect with our metal manufacturing company online. We can help your company get the metal components it needs today!