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    Metal Properties: Conductivity

    Posted by Jason Bergman on 2022 May 26

    In previous installments of our series on Metal Properties, we’ve discussed characteristics that set metals apart from one another, as well as those that distinguish them from other nonmetallic elements. Conductivity represents an array of essential features that go to the very heart of what defines a metal. In this article we will be asking: what are the factors affecting the conductivity of metals? What are the most thermally and electrically conductive metals, and why does conductivity matter for manufacturers?

    All materials possess some degree of conductivity. One of the main characteristics of metals is their ability to conduct heat and electricity, so metals are all relatively conductive compared to non-metals. However, even within metals you’ll find a broad range in levels of conductivity. A sound knowledge of where various metals fall on the spectrum helps manufacturers choose the right alloy for each product.

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    Tags: Metal Properties, Physical Properties, Conductivity

    Metal Properties: Corrosion Resistance

    Posted by Jason Bergman on 2020 Nov 18

    Corrosion is a common challenge affecting the surface of most metal parts. While corrosion often only affects the aesthetics of a metal part, severe corrosion can affect performance and can even lead to equipment failure. Corrosion is such a widespread challenge that the global cost of corrosion is estimated to be $2.5 trillion annually, according to a study by the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE).

    Here we explore many of the ways corrosion can manifest in a material, and the techniques manufacturers use to prevent corrosion from affecting part performance.

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    Tags: Materials, Metals, Metallurgy, Metal Properties

    Overview of Mechanical Properties of Metals

    Posted by Jason Bergman on 2020 Jun 17

    In the metal manufacturing industry, mechanical properties play a huge role when choosing the right alloy for each job. Throughout casting and machining processes, as well as during the product's useful life, the chosen material will be subject to many external forces. It’s up to the manufacturers to create products that perform as needed every step of the way. By understanding mechanical properties, manufacturing professionals can make the right choices for materials and processes.

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    Tags: Materials, Metals, Metallurgy, Metal Properties

    Overview of Physical Properties of Metals

    Posted by Jason Bergman on 2020 May 19

    Physical properties are an important way of distinguishing one material from another. In the study and application of metallurgy, physical properties are often considered a broader category than mechanical properties, but not all properties overlap. Physical properties are most easily distinguished from mechanical properties by the method of testing. While mechanical properties require forces to be applied to obtain a measurement, physical properties can be measured without changing the material.

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    Tags: Materials, Metallurgy, Metal Properties

    UNDERSTANDING METAL PROPERTIES

    Posted by Jason Bergman on 2020 Mar 3

    Metals are all around us, in the things we use to cook, drive, work, and live. When choosing a metal for a cast product or other specific application, it’s important to make sure that its properties will be suitable for the expected operating conditions.

    There’s a big difference between the kind of metal used in a skyscraper and the kind of metal used in a gate valve. Some metals are pure elements, like iron (Fe) and aluminum (Al), but most products are made from alloys, or mixtures of metals. Manufacturers must consider many variables before deciding which alloy to use for a particular product. 

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    Tags: Materials, Metals, Metal Properties

    8 Key Metals Used in Casting

    Posted by Deb Pipoly on 2017 Oct 10

    This blog post is about metal.

    No, not that kind of metal–actual metal, like the kind that your car is made out of, that replaced your uncle's bad knee, that holds up the skyscrapers downtown, that keeps cruise ships afloat, that built the rocket that catapulted the telecom satellite into space so you can have an internet connection, that makes up that satellite...

    A lot of things are made out of metal. You get the idea. 

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    Tags: Materials, Metals, Metal Properties

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