Properties & Benefits

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Properties & Benefits

Alloying metals offer numerous advantages compared to pure metals.

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Corrosion resistance

  • Many alloys have superior corrosion resistance compared to pure metals.
    • For example, stainless steel and aluminium alloys are highly resistant to corrosion.
  • Corrosion resistance means alloys are ideal for harsh environments.
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Strength and toughness

  • Alloys often have improved strength, hardness, and toughness.
    • This makes alloys suitable for structural applications.
    • Structural applications need high mechanical properties.
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Thermal and electrical conductivity

  • Alloying elements can modify thermal and electrical conductivity.
  • Properties can be modified in:
    • Electrical components.
    • Heat exchangers.
    • Conductive materials.
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Customised properties

  • It is possible to select specific alloying elements and ratios.
    • This makes it possible to customise alloys with desired properties.
  • Desired properties include:
    • Magnetism.
    • Heat resistance.
    • Ductility.
    • Chemical inertness.

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