Applications of Metal Alloys

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Applications of Metal Alloys

There are a number of metal alloys. Each metal alloy is tailored to specific applications.

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Aluminium alloys

  • Aluminium alloys mix aluminium with copper, zinc, magnesium, or other elements.
  • Aluminium alloys are lightweight, resistant to corrosion, and strong.
  • Aluminium alloys are used in:
    • Aerospace manufacturing.
    • Automotive manufacturing.
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Titanium alloys

  • Titanium alloys mix titanium with aluminium, vanadium, nickel, or other elements.
  • Titanium alloys have high strength-to-weight ratios, corrosion resistance, and biocompatibility.
  • Titanium alloys are used in:
    • Aerospace manufacturing.
    • Medical implants.
    • Sports equipment.
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Copper-nickel alloys

  • Copper-nickel alloys mix copper with nickel.
  • Copper-nickel alloys are also made of small amounts of other elements like iron or manganese.
  • Copper-nickel alloys have excellent corrosion resistance.
  • Copper-nickel alloys are used in:
    • Shipbuilding.
    • Offshore structures.
    • Heat exchangers.
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Magnesium alloys

  • Magnesium alloys mix magnesium with aluminium, zinc, or rare earth metals.
  • Magnesium alloys are lightweight and have good strength-to-weight ratios.
  • Magnesium alloys are used in:
    • Aerospace manufacturing.
    • Automotive.
    • Electronics.
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Nickel-based superalloys

  • Nickel-based superalloys are high-performance alloys.
  • Nickel-based superalloys mix nickel with elements like chromium, cobalt, or molybdenum.
  • Nickel-based superalloys have excellent strength, corrosion resistance, and heat resistance.
  • Nickel-based superalloys are used for:
    • Jet engines.
    • Gas turbines.

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